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“Very engaging!”

Jewish Historical Museum
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Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour
Ranked #52 of 503 things to do in Amsterdam
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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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“Very engaging!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

To me, it felt a little bit sacrilegious to have these three great synagogues turned into a museum. It is better than them falling into disrepair though. The museum itself is wonderful and tells the story of Amsterdam's Jewish community and especially the encounter between Ashkenazim and the Sephardi community which came after their exile from Spain and Portugal. There are lots of films and interactive displays as well as many artifacts to be appreciated. The guides and plaques are available in several languages.

There are a lot of stairs in the complex. I am not sure if there is an elevator. There is a room in the basement for lectures. Also, there is a pretty standard museum cafe.

Visited June 2013
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“Must see - feel the fate of the Jews in Amsterdam”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

One of Amstedam's must see - in this museum in old synagogue, there is very nicely presented (sometimes very cruel) history and present of the Jewish community in Amsterdam. It is connected with the Portuguese synagogue over the street - your ticket is valid for both buildings.

Visited October 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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“A surprise you really should visite”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

We came here by chance and was very positively surprised. The museum gives you an introduction to jewish religion and tradition, as well as the history of the jews of the netherlands all the way up to our time. The audio guide is very, very good and there are a lot of multimedia options for learning more if you care to. The staff were very friendly and informative as well. We came out feeling we really had learned a lot, even though we both are really history buffs.

Visited October 2013
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“Better than the Anna Frank House”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

If this is your first trip to Amsterdam, by all means go to the Anne Frank House. After you spend a half hour or so there, go to the Jewish Museum and get a feeling of what Jewish life was and still is in this great city. The Portuguese Synagogue is still in use. The building is still lit by candles, and sand is scattered on the unfinished wood floors. An excellent audio tour offers explanations of what you are viewing.

Visited September 2013
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Very interesting place, and beautiful exhibits.
The food in the restaurant was very tasty.They offer also Kosher food.

Visited September 2013
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