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“Focused on orthodoxy”

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.
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“Focused on orthodoxy”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

As a secular Jew with little interest in the religion, I had no interest in what is a series of impressively done photos of orthodox life in, I guess, Amsterdam. There's also info about a synagogue. For observant Jews or anthropologists (which is probably what I should have tried to be, but I had miles of touring to go before I slept), this probably would get a much higher rating. The museum is very small and includes a free electronic device for listening to as you go.

Visited March 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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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Built within 3 synagogues so architecturally I found it interesting. The ticket is valid in the Portuguese Synagogue (a 5 minutes walk) which I found fascinating.

Very inspiring exhibition on Schonberg (the composer), nice coffee shop and cakes.

Good exhibition of the life of Dutch Jews before 2nd world war. In particular appealed to me a series of professional photographs of Jewish rich families (who could afford a professional photo shoot) which I found incredibly interesting.

Visited March 2014
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“A rather uninspiring museum though the kids museum is intereting and fun.”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

The jewish museum was uninspiring and its seems as if the purpuse was to explain what is the mening and practices of being a jewish more than the historical unfolding of the jewish community in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The rooms devoted to kids were original and interesting and we enjoyed our stay with our 4 years old son.

Visited February 2014
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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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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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