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Jewish Historical Museum

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Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 531 0310
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Combined with holocaust memorial, holocaust museum and Portugese synagogue. Fascinating and emotional. Took us about 3 hours to see all 4. Great cafe in the Jewish museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Combined with holocaust memorial, holocaust museum and Portugese synagogue. Fascinating and emotional. Took us about 3 hours to see all 4. Great cafe in the Jewish museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall this was an interesting visit, with a clever and absorbing style. The synagogue has an excellent audio tour (included in price - definitely do this). And the museum is split up to 1900, and after 1900 which works very well. The former includes the excellent audio guide. We also enjoyed the temporary exhibition on people & prejudice, which was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit this museum if you want to understand the jewish culture, history and religion. A lot of interviews with Dutch jews. We visited the fixed exhibition and the temporary exhibition (Face it!) Typical jewish humour. The museum is child friendly!

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Thank Luc S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum tells you all about the Jewish faith and customs. It is really interesting. The tickets also allows entry into 2 other sites but of course the synogue is out of bounds on Saturday. There was also another exhibition when we went. It was totally amazing. It was interactive and showed that we all judge people on appearance. Brilliant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum on the site of several old synagogues and across the street from the Spanish Portugese provides an overview of the Dutch Jewish History. Some of the ritual items are as would be epected in a museum of this type, the 13 century Mahzor (High Holiday Prayer Book) is excpetional. Seeing and learning of the history of the community... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We all enjoyed the special exhibition which was on race. The rest of the museum was well labelled with clear explanations in several languages, and an audio tour. The cafe was very good, serving fresh food at reasonable prices. Good giftshop too. Diasbled access to all areas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

interesting exhibit of Jewish articles and paintings of Jewish residents of influence in Dutch society. We wanted to visit Portughese synagogue across street but closed at 4pm and would not let us in for quick peek, hours of operation not posted so disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful museum for all faiths to learn and embrace Judaism. A reverent visit for my daughter and I.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is nice to combine with a visit to the Portuguese synagogue, the Artis zoo etc. The museum (with friendly staff) gives what you can expect: you get a good view on a synagoge, jewish traditions, jews in Amsterdam and life during the holocaust. The museum is sober, but the free-audio guide and the semi-interactive approach do their job.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for history buffs like me! Sad, but very informative. Learnt some new things too.Will go back to revisit one day.

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The eastern edge of central Amsterdam provides visitors with the chance to imagine the city that Rembrandt called home (and to tour his historic house) while shopping like the thriftiest of locals at Waterlooplein’s massive flea market, or even enjoying a craft beer beside the tallest wooden windmill in The Netherlands. This verdant, serene, and stately part of town is home to Artis Royal Zoo, one of Europe’s oldest (and still best kept) zoos, and Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It's also an ideal setting for the Dutch outpost of St Petersburg’s Hermitage.
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