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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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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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Wonderful museum in the Jewish quarter

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s kind of dull for anyone who has a Jewish background. The Ashkenazi synagogue is nice and so are the artifacts, but the audio tour was very boring. The Portuguese synagogue should suffice. I didn’t feel like I learned something new from the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited many Jewish Museums around the world. This one gave us a good perspective about Jewish life in the Netherlands, starting with the arrival of Jewish escapees from the Inquisition through to the post Holocaust period.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The palace is not very big or opulent like some of the other European palaces. However it is worth a visit to learn some of the history of Amsterdam.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was an Amy Winehouse floor all about her life which was not for me as I am not a fan. Strange topic for the museum there are many more interesting Jewish people in my opinion

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating museum following the story of the Jews in Holland all the way back to the 1600s! Very detailed and well laid out. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience!

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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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