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Review of Jewish Historical Museum

Jewish Historical Museum
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Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour
Ranked #45 of 483 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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“There is so much to see!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Housed in four former synagogues this museum will tell and show you everything you wanted to know about Jewish history, culture and rituals. The amazing collection on display covers religious, everyday items, clothing and textiles, paintings and photos and is apparently only a small selection of the 13 or 14,000 pieces that make up the total collection. The museum is divided into a number of sections making it easy to digest one chunk before moving to the next bit. Believe me what is on display is impossible to review concisely since there are so many pieces. If you're interested or just curious about anything Jewish, then visit this museum. Its terrific!!!
It also has changing special exhibitions on various topics.
My visit was 1½ hours, I had to leave because it was closing and wished I could have stayed longer. If you want to see everything here allow 2-3 hours. Pick up an audio guide for additional information.
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Entrance E12.00 This ticket covers entrance to Joods Historisch Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Hollandsche Schouwburg, all worth a visit, especially if you want to connect what you have seen here with other Jewish sites. You have one month to use your ticket. Free with Museumkaart.

Visited July 2013
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“Worth the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I had no idea of the history of the Jewish people in Amsterdam. Recommend you buy a combo ticket for the Historical Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue across the street.

Visited May 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“One of the best museums in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

First, make sure you allow enough time because this is an absorbing museum about Judaism, the religion and its rituals, and the history of the Jews in Amsterdam, set out in four former synagogues. As you walk through the museum there are screens with documentaries and interviews to watch, and a useful audio guide. We found it absolutely fascinating and had to be ushered out at 5, cross we had allowed only the afternoon. There are some exquisite exhibits: a hand-painted scroll depicting the story of Esther in the section about Purim was a highlight. If you can, go on a Friday morning and find time to combine the museum with a visit to the Portuguese synagogue across the Daniel Meierplein.
There appeared to be disability access throughout. The basement cafe is tolerable but has a slight university canteen feel to it and no open air or windows which made it rather stifling on a hot day.

Visited May 2014
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Clemson, South Carolina
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“Educational and Thrilling. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

This is an excellent museum. As you walk through each section, you will feel like you are actually part of the Resistance.

The historical artifacts are amazing and I was brought to tears over the courage of some of the Dutch citizens who risked their lives for truth and justice.

There is a children's section that is informative and not overly scary. It is a good place to take kids if parents are concerned about over exposure.

Definitely visit this museum if in Amsterdam. You will not be disappointed!

Thank Kzor
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“I learned a lot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

What an informative museum! It was mainly about life for Hasidic Jews. Their culture and lifestyle is quite interesting. Even though I know a lot about Judaism, I didn't know much about Hasidism and I learned a lot.

You can go to the Synagogue and see different things on exhibit, listen throughout the museum to people talking (with subtitles in English) and see different photos of their lifestyle.

There was a very small part about WW2, and the main focus was on their current culture and how it's been a part of their lives for generations.

Visited April 2014
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