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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
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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We visited this Museum after visiting the Portuguese Synagogue, just across the road. It is located inside most of the old Ashkenazi Synagogue and contains many interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this Museum after visiting the Portuguese Synagogue, just across the road. It is located inside most of the old Ashkenazi Synagogue and contains many interesting artifacts. Of particular interest is one of the oldest extant prayer books from around the 14th century.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great value for the money and wonderful site. The Historical Museum was one of the nicest I have been to. Plenty of information presented in many formats--very interactive. The free audio wand was easy to use and gave a lot of information.

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Figanieres, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth a visit. A sad reminder of a bad part of our history that should not be forgotten. A very interesting view of Jewish life, it's rituals etc. There were video displays that you could bring up that brought everything to life.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum really makes you think about past history. The layout is good and walking around is easily achieved. Would recommend a visit to anyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Part of the tumultuous museum covers Jewish traditions and customs. You can and I recommend an audio guide. There are artifacts that date back hundreds of years. They have little seats and monitors that you can hear, prayers etc for holidays and such. Ceremonial objects are placed where they used to be placed in the synagogue. It gives you some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wandered into the museum, as there was an exhibition on Soviet photography that looked very interesting (it was). The museum is lovely, very well kept and definitely worth a visit if you are interested in Jewish history and culture. The tickets are 15 euros, but it includes admission to 5 different locations in the quarter (we also visited the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit the Great Synagogue and immerse yourself in a plethora of audiovisual displays that bring history to life. Give yourself two hours. Then cross the road to visit the Portuguese synagogue and be prepared to spend at least another hour or 90 minutes there.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While the museum has many artifacts, they are presented haphazardly. No real flow to the visit and left feeling extremely underwhelmed, which is disappointing considering the subject matter. Audio is also very dull to listen to. I would have liked to have seem more information regarding WW2. Expensive at 15 Euros if you do not visit the other places valid... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

It was interesting to learn that in Amsterdam the Sephardic Jews were richer than the Ashkenazi. I am still not sure how I felt about a holy place that belonged to murdered people being turned into a museum. Perhaps it wasn't the museum's mission, but I got the feeling that Jews were treated like extinct animals. (Maybe not) I was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

This museum accompanies the Portuguese synagogue. This part s the ashkenazi Jews history in Amsterdam. Easy to follow. Don't miss either part .

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