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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Lovely Museum

Lovely, friendly, informative and quiet museum. The children's expo was very sweet, staff were very friendly (both at the cafe and at the museum shop). Museum boasts a large... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ella R
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely, friendly, informative and quiet museum. The children's expo was very sweet, staff were very friendly (both at the cafe and at the museum shop). Museum boasts a large collection of art, historical pieces and practical information.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had high hopes for this museum, however I didn't particularly enjoyed. As some said, you have to have a very specific interest in this museum otherwise i can definitely get boring. The cafe was nice and the staff friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Jewish Historical Museum because they had an exhibition on that looked interesting. It was "The Power of Pictures" - an exhibition of photographs, films and film posters from the early years of the Soviet Union. The exhibition revealed for the first time that many of the Russian photographers and filmmakers of this period had Jewish backgrounds, hence... More 

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Tarrytown, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is housed in what were synagogues before the second world War. One of the few museums I know of that specifically deals with the history of the Jews outside Israel. As with most museums in Amsterdam the included audio tour is well worth the time to listen as it is well done and very informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum after having also been to the Anne Frank House and the Resistance Museum. There are many, many artifacts that reflect the history of Jews in Amsterdam, but way too many to see in a reasonable amount of time. If it's a choice, I would recommend visiting the Portuguese Synagogue instead (although our ticket included both, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must see and take in history, learn about Amsterdam and relation to Jews and people in general Take 4hr to complete tour and sites

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a large museum, with a lot of audio/visual material if you want to spend time listening to this. It's set in a former synagogue, and explains a lot about the jewish religion and way of life. The museum is also good on the history of judaism in the netherlands. It explains clearly the difference between the Sephardic and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

I have seen a number of Jewish Museums in the U.S. The one here is comparable in some ways, but does not excel. The displays are pretty much the same, a few artifacts and lots of pictures with reading.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Ground floor is interesting with some temple / synagogue objects and explanation about the rituals. But overall, it is a disappointing experience: very little material, just a few notes about some recent history, obscure wealthy immigrants and some notes about Spinoza. For 15 euros (more expensive than an entry ticket to the Louvre), just stay away and go to another... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

you really need to be keenly interested in something specific, other than that it can be given a miss

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