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Jewish Historical Museum
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US$ 16.63*
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Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour
Ranked #46 of 501 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Oceanside, New York
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“A must !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

The museum is laid out very well. You can see what amsterdam used to be like when the Jewish community first began, the result of the holocaust, and life today. There are audio interviews that you can listen to so you can get a first hand perspective. There is also a childrens museum with lots of activities.

Visited June 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

Was not sure if it would be worth it since I have nevery been Jewish Temple, but it was

Visited June 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Truthfully told story of a European shame.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

The museum is a brilliant representation of what was the Jewish community of Amsterdam. What makes the museum both special and uncomfortable at the same time is that this is not the story of heros and villians out of some hollywood movie. The truth that this museum tells is of a Jewish leadershio tricked into cooperation with the nazis, of a Dutch society who did very little to acknowledge the betrayal of their jewish nieghbours. The museum tells the story of returning Dutch jews who left in droves after the war. This is in stark contrast to the hero worshio of the Dutch Jew-savers memorialised in not one, but two monuments erected by the city outside. These are unbelievable edifices of hubris and cheek of behalf of the non-Jewish Amsterdamers. In the moral test of who actually saved jewish lives in WWII, the Danes were top of the European class, saving 99.2%. They have NO memorials to their heroism, none, not one. But in Amsterdam the Dutch have TWO. And what was their score? 25%. Right at the bottom of class. That by any standard is an absimal failure. In any classroom the Dutch would be in the corner wearing a duncecap, not awarding themselves a goldstar. So maybe some of the visitors who reviewed the musuem negatively and who, by contrast loved the Anne Frank musuem, don't like their little fairytale disturbed by the unvarnished truth. Wake uo darlings, remember that at the end of the cozy little story in the attic, Frank was betrayed by a Dutchperson. In her death, not her hiding, she is a real representative of Dutch Jews, 75% of which were sent to the deathcamps, one of the highest murder rates in all of Europe. This is the real story and the Jewish Historical Museum has the courage to tell it.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Museum well worth seeing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

This museum offers you great insight into the Jewish heritage and life in Amsterdam/NL. Museum offers well documented exhibition and provides insight into what happened to the Jewish society in Amsterdam in 2nd Worldwar - impressive.

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“Not that great!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

We wished we wouldn't have wasted our time going here. There wasn't anything new or of revolutionary discovery. There's a dramatic story here that just is not told very well. I think it could have been done much better. I would put it way down on my list of sites to see.

Visited July 2012
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