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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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carefully planned, thoughtfully presented, easily accessible

Our visit was an unexpected pleasure in that the museum has some lovely artifacts, but mostly impressive because of its educational value. Touch screens and wall images depicting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Our visit was an unexpected pleasure in that the museum has some lovely artifacts, but mostly impressive because of its educational value. Touch screens and wall images depicting the history of the Amsterdam Jews from 1900 onward were particularly interesting. Ticket (covered by the Museumkaart) includes the Portuguese Synagogue as well as the Jewish Historical Museum but the former is... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

the museum is organized into several large rooms, each supposedly portraying a synagogue of different eras. There was only one that really felt like a synagogue sanctuary. There are many treasures here, and many have audio explanations that you can listen to with the free audio tour. Many of those items are organized and described by holiday. The Netherlands has... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We spent most of the day exploring the few places in the Jewish district. this museum was great. I am not a Jewish person but it was great to see the heritage of these people and their strong roots in Amsterdam.

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Yorkshire England
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The 15 euro fee covers the cost of entry into 3 sites - the Jewish museum, the Portuguese synagogue and the children's museum. It could take several hours to cover all three, if one looked at all the information provided. The explanations of the Jewish way of life was of enormous interest, hitherto unknown to me in this much detail.... More 

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Surprise, AZ
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39 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This is a self-paced, easy to use, audio tour. It's in the heart of the old Jewish quarter. There are exhibits of artifacts explaining the Jewish religion, along with videos. You have the option of learning more on each subject, or passing to the next. Upstairs there is information about Jewish life in Amsterdam since the 1600s. This museum also... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We visited everything except the holocaust museum. The audio guide is available in various parts of the museum and made for a very interesting presentation. The children's museum was really well put together with lots of hands on things to do, audio explanation and even a chance for children to make a platted loaf of bread (challah) and eat it,play... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This museum is part of the Jewish Quarter journey which is a not-to-be-missed in Amsterdam - know all basics about a Jewish life in a synagogue building. Jewish settlement in Amsterdam is one of the biggest and richest which enrich the history and exhibits a lot. Do try the cafeteria there for some Dutch-Jewish fusion food.

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Berlin, Germany
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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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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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