Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam

In the 17th century, the golden age of the Netherlands, Jewish culture flourished in Amsterdam. The city was open-minded to religion, so Jews were allowed to build synagogues and practice Judaism. Most Jews settled in the same area and formed the Jewish quarter, which today is located near Waterlooplein.

This is exactly the spot where the Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum) was built. The museum is structured into three permanent exhibitions and two temporary ones.  The main goal is to inform visitors about the history, the culture, and the religion of the Dutch Jews

What’s in the Jewish Historical Museum?

With about 13,000 pieces, which include art, religious, and ceremonial artifacts, and items full of history, the Jewish Historical Museum manages to do that in an impressive, touching, and informative way. This vivid presentation is emphasised through the use of original film and photo material, such as interviews with concentration camp survivors and old pictures of Jewish traditions and everyday life.  In the middle of the Jewish Historical Museum Tour, you will reach a rebuilt synagogue with all kinds of original ceremonial objects at their proper spots. There you also have the chance to find out more about important Jewish celebrations or the special customs of a Jewish marriage.

But the Jewish historical Museum also gives an in-depth look into the present time. The exhibit shows what it is like to be a Jew in the Netherlands today.

The Jewish Historical Museum is lots of fun for kids. The Children’s Museum is the part of the Jewish historical Museum where kids from 8-12 can take a hands-on approach to learning about Jewish customs. They can bake their own bread in the kitchen or play music in the living room of the fully equipped Jewish house.

Jewish Historical Museum – The Old Jewish Quarter

If you have time, it is worth it to visit the other sections of the old Jewish Quarter. The Portuguese Synagogue, right on the opposite side of the Jewish Historical Museum, is still in use and is loved by visitors because of the beauty and the mystery of the 17th century building. The third part of the quarter is the “Hollandsche Schouwburg”, or National Holocaust Memorial.

Tip: We recommend starting with the Jewish Historical Museum to get a historical overview.



Jewish Historical Museum       Portuguese Synagogue         Holocaust Memorial
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1              Mr. Visserplein 3                    Plantage Middenlaan 24
1011 PL Amsterdam                   1011 RD Amsterdam              1018 DE Amsterdam

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