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“A lesson in assimilation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jewish Historical Museum

Jewish Historical Museum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 531 0310
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Ranked #37 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Owner description: 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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“A lesson in assimilation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The Portuguese synagogue opens at 10.30am so visit using the combined ticket and you will be ready to visit the Jewish museum when it opens at 11.0am. Bothe are wonderful examples of how the Dutch assimilated the Jewish immigrants both from Spain (Sephardic) and Poland. There is also a good bookshop and excellent small restaurant in the basement.
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Visited February 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Great history lesson, beautiful exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We went to the Jewish Museum at Christmas time. There was so much to be learned, they had a lot of information on the older original temples, they had a lot of information on the first Jewish families in Amsterdam. The exhibits were beautiful and moving. The exhibit with the current (post WWII) life of the Jews in the Amsterdam was wonderful. I was very impressed. If you are packed on time, I do not know if I would make this a must see, but if everything else is busy, I'd recognize it! :)

Visited December 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great exhibition, would recommend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The price of the ticket included a free ticket to the Portugese synagogue across the road. The exhibitions were interesting, although the numbered exhibits in the case didn't seem to always match up on the information card so got a bit confusing. There were a number of touch screens explaining various aspects of Jewish life, celebrations and so on and there was a free audioguide available giving more information on the exhibits.
Upstairs was an exhibition on life during the war and the holocaust, with many personal items from people such as a child's dress with the yellow badge that Jews were forced to wear in the war. It was touching and brought it all to life. To be honest, I found this to be a lot more informative than the Anne Frank house.
The shop had some interesting books, and nice gifts, and there is a café downstairs (didn't visit this so can't comment)

Visited December 2013
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“A good and beautiful lesson in Judaism”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

A nice combination of the Jewish history in Amsterdam, a children museum about Judaism and a nice synagogue . The ticket include also a pass to the next by Portuguese synagogue which worth it as well.

Visited December 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Very interesting seeing all the different artefacts. The films & interviews on the small screens were very informative. Worth a visit if you have time!

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