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“An absolute must for Jewish families”

Jewish Historical Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Cologne, Germany
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“An absolute must for Jewish families”
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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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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Northern Ireland
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“A lesson in assimilation”
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.

Visited February 2014
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Sacramento, California
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68 reviews
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“Great history lesson, beautiful exhibits”
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great exhibition, would recommend”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

The price of the ticket included a free ticket to the Portugese synagogue across the road. The exhibitions were interesting, although the numbered exhibits in the case didn't seem to always match up on the information card so got a bit confusing. There were a number of touch screens explaining various aspects of Jewish life, celebrations and so on and there was a free audioguide available giving more information on the exhibits.
Upstairs was an exhibition on life during the war and the holocaust, with many personal items from people such as a child's dress with the yellow badge that Jews were forced to wear in the war. It was touching and brought it all to life. To be honest, I found this to be a lot more informative than the Anne Frank house.
The shop had some interesting books, and nice gifts, and there is a café downstairs (didn't visit this so can't comment)

Visited December 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A good and beautiful lesson in Judaism”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

A nice combination of the Jewish history in Amsterdam, a children museum about Judaism and a nice synagogue . The ticket include also a pass to the next by Portuguese synagogue which worth it as well.

Visited December 2013
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