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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jewish Historical Museum

Jewish Historical Museum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1001 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 5 310 310
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Ranked #33 of 298 attractions in Amsterdam
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Built within 3 synagogues so architecturally I found it interesting. The ticket is valid in the Portuguese Synagogue (a 5 minutes walk) which I found fascinating.

Very inspiring exhibition on Schonberg (the composer), nice coffee shop and cakes.

Good exhibition of the life of Dutch Jews before 2nd world war. In particular appealed to me a series of professional photographs of Jewish rich families (who could afford a professional photo shoot) which I found incredibly interesting.

Visited March 2014
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RISHON LEZION ISRAEL
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“A rather uninspiring museum though the kids museum is intereting and fun.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The jewish museum was uninspiring and its seems as if the purpuse was to explain what is the mening and practices of being a jewish more than the historical unfolding of the jewish community in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The rooms devoted to kids were original and interesting and we enjoyed our stay with our 4 years old son.

Visited February 2014
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“An absolute must for Jewish families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

After what had become a tour of "look this is where a bunch of Jews died" historical spots all over Europe, it was so refreshing to come to a museum which helped my kids understand that Jews *live*. The Kids' Museum at JHM is second-to-none. My kids prepared challah in the kosher kitchen with a lovely guide and really loved Max the Matzoh, who "led" them around, played in the music room, and worked on Hebrew.

The museum-in-the-shuls is a great concept and the exhibitions for adults are well-curated and interesting.

Portions in the cafe are small but delicious, so plan on just having a snack here.

Visited February 2014
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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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“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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