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Jewish Historical Museum

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Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 531 0310
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Description: The Jewish Historical Museum is a modern museum of Jewish heritage housed...
The Jewish Historical Museum is a modern museum of Jewish heritage housed in four monumental synagogues near Waterlooplein in the heart of Amsterdam. Three permanent exhibitions present the history and culture of the Jewish people in the Netherlands. In addition to the three permanent exhibitions, the museum always offers two great temporary exhibitions and the fun JHM Children's museum.
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Small gem of a museum

Amsterdam has a long and interesting Jewish history, and this museum is a must if you want to learn about it. It has three parts - a historical review with a terrific range of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Meli S
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Amsterdam has a long and interesting Jewish history, and this museum is a must if you want to learn about it. It has three parts - a historical review with a terrific range of text, objects and touch-screen short films, an exhibit in a former synagogue sanctuary about religious holidays and life-cycle celebrations, which I found thorough and clear, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The museum explained the philosophy of Judaism and its important holidays. There was also great art. The museum also told the story of Jews in Amsterdam. With admission you also get the other Jewish important monuments. Very well done.

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Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It seemed a good idea at the time to find out more about jewish culture but the artefacts and items on display were arranged as if to make what is boring appear to be interesting. Unfortunately although the visual appeal and interactivity seemed exciting it was not easy to interact and the exhibits didn;t seem to create a flow.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My family went here to kill some time before we went to the Keukenhof Gardens. We have a Holland pass, and you can use a silver pass to get in which is what we did. The museum ticket also includes entrance to the Portuguese Synagogue, which we did not go to. The museum was typical of a Jewish museum; the... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

Popped in to pass sometime and had the 'I amsterdam card' so was didn't have an additional fee to pay. Had limited knowledge of Jewish history so felt this gave me as much information as I was looking for. The audio tour was good gave the basic info but had the option for more info if you needed it. The... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

there is a lot to take in at this place and also a lot that I didn't really know about until after it tals about the jewish religion and also how jews have been affected by world issues etc lots of items to see and info on the wall also has audio translatoes

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Milan, Italy
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284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

i would have preferred a bit more depth regarding the <holocaust etc . but it was very interesting with good videos and explanations, quite informative and a big variety of subjects . i would recommend a better extractor in the kitchen of the cafeteria since the whole visit was accompanied by strong soup smell

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Harrow
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It should be a good thing that so much in the way of artefacts and information is provided within the museum. But I found it overwhelming. A lot of design activity, effort and money must have gone into converting a synagogue into this museum. But despite some interesting and amusing parts I came to a point where I had just... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I went for the Jewish history, and it's there in standard museum format which I would have given three stars for alone as it didn't inspire like other places. I was surprised by the Howard Greenberg photography gallery which would receive five stars on it's own. Spent much longer looking at photos I recognised from elsewhere and people I recognised,... More 

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have to be honest, I haven't seen the whole museum. I saw the fantastic photo collection of Howard Greenberg but I haven't made it to the other (adult) collections. I've been to the museum 3 times and my 3 year old has such a good time at the Childrens' museum, we don't find we have enough time to see... More 

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