Joods Historisch Museum
Joods Historisch Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore Jewish life in the Netherlands in these four superbly preserved monumental synagogues. From contemporary art to modern history: paintings, ceremonial objects, films and 3D presentations provide a full, up-to-date survey of Jewish religion and culture in the Netherlands over the centuries. The Jewish Museum features the Jewish Museum junior where children of all ages are encouraged to connect with Jewish culture.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Waterlooplein • 2 min walk
  • Nieuwmarkt • 7 min walk
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4.5
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Becky H
Hastings, UK286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visited this museum alongside the Portuguese Synagogue, as they are both included in the same ticket. The museum is across multiple floors initially covering different aspects of Judaism and then the next foor covering the history of Jews in Amsterdam. An audioguide is included which gives additional information on top of the reading across the museum. We spent a couple of hours and really enjoyed the museum
Written 14 May 2024
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR4,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Whether you are Jewish or not this is worth a visit. Take time to read the personal stories and learn about the Jewish culture in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands. The holocaust museum and name monument are also within a 15 minute walk.
Written 1 May 2024
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Liltrave
1,568 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband & I toured and found it interesting. Liked that with your ticket purchase you got the audio to learn about the exhibits & entrance to the synagogue across the street. Unfortunately they were doing some construction, a bit noisy near the gift shop area & entrance. Definitely worth going to.
Written 9 April 2024
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becklambert
Brighton145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Excellent museum with a big sweep of history - very informative. Learnt a lot here and definitely recommend if you want to learn more on the subject.
The restaurant was a welcoming quiet space to sit and reflect afterwards. It served typical delicious food and cakes. It was an added bonus to be able to try these.
Good shop with beautiful cards.
Written 26 February 2024
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Wayne M
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great exhibits and cute café
Portuguese synagogue was fabulous. A rich history was well preserved and documented despite the horrors of the Holocaust. Must do in Amsterdam = for everyone
Written 9 February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Very informative and informational
* Incredible and truly massive amount of artifacts and exhibits
* Outstanding multimedia and exhibitional displays of Jewish ideas, philosophy, theology and daily ritual and spiritual life, with detailed descriptions of Sabbath and holiday celebrations
* Tremendous outline of Jewish history, specifically the Dutch one
* Housed in an old restored formerly functioning synagogue which has an ancient ritual bath
* Fantastic modern building
* State-of-the-art digital and electronic displays and exhibits
* Located in the "Jewish Cultural Quarter" next to the Portuguese syngagoue which is totally intact from 1675 and also three Holocaust sites
* There is a pleasant enough cafeteria with food offerings, some of which might be kosher


CONS
* The cost is 18 euro, but is combined with visiting the Portuguese synagogue
* Security, as at most/many places these days
* A lot of material to be absorbed and processed in one visit

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
...as part of my overall plan to see as much of Amsterdam as I possibly could in my short time there. This included for me of course the Jewish sites. I found the museum to be incredible- totally "brilliant" in its design and presentation. The amount of exhibits displayed and information conveyed is astonishing. The building and rooms are open and spacious and allow easy passage and exploration.

"I visited this place" during an incredibly hectic fruitful tourist day in Amsterdam, all accomplished on foot: the Anne Frank House, The Royal Palace, The Portuguese Synagogue, this museum, the Maritime Museum, the Auschwitz Holocaust memorial and the Carre Theater for my second-night-in-a-row performance of the Analogues.


WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It's expensive, even with the Portuguese Synagogue included in the price, but this is a must-see place if you are interested or connected to Jewish stuff in general, and Dutch Jewry in particular.

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Sure

ADVICES
Have plenty of time- there is a lot to see and do here

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Written 24 December 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Jewish Museum was included in my IAmsterdam card along with the Portuguese Synagogue. The museum is very interesting despite the fact that I am very familiar with the rituals (without following any of them😊). It is located in the old Ashkenazi Synagogue building and fits right in. The audio guide and the displays are very informative. I started with the Religion section and proceeded to the History one, which was much more exciting for me. The Jewish history of Amsterdam starts with the turbulent journey of Portuguese Jews escaping Catholic prosecution and arriving to the shores of tolerant Holland. Then the story continues telling us how they lived in their new homeland, some of them in luxury, others in poverty, how loyal they have become to their new home, and how tragic was their fate centuries later, during the mass deportations of the Jews to the concentration camps. Of the approximately 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands before the war, a community of about 30,000 remained after 1945. Naturally, now the Jewish community in Amsterdam relatively small.

As planned, my lunch was at the Jewish Museum Cafe, which had all kind of the Ashkenazi food to try. I opted for the Gefilte Fish with horseradish, salad, rye bread and butter. It was so good!
Written 3 December 2023
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paul19602013
Brighton, UK1,213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very informative museum about Jewish history culture and traditions.Well worth a visit and the ticket includes admission to the synagogue across the road.
Written 12 November 2023
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Emma H
Preston, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Lots of historical information about Jewish history and also items of use within the Jewish religious traditions. Really good little video clips of real people telling their story.
Free entry into the Portuguese synagogue too which was also interesting to see.
Written 12 October 2023
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Jcook92
New York City, NY161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It's important to remember when you visit museums that the Jewish people in Amsterdam are more than the Holocaust. This is not a Holocaust museum, but rather a vibrant look into continued Jewish life in Amsterdam. It was especially interesting to visit the synagogue and learn about Jewish life, laws, and the parts of a Jewish service. There was an especially moving exhibit where modern day Dutch Jews spoke about the Holocaust and what Jewish life means to them in relation to the Holocaust and generational trauma.

We used I AMSTERDAM card
Walk across the street to the Portuguese Synagogue included in the ticket price.
No food
small gift shop
nice bathrooms
lockers to store bags
elevators - handicap accessible
audio guide
Written 17 September 2023
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