Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

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    The Jewish museums at Amsterdam

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 6, 2013

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    Amsterdam has a number of Jewish museums, they are:
    -The Jewish Historical Museum at the Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
    -The Jewish Children Museum at the Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
    -The Portuguese Synagoge at Mr. Visserplein 3
    -The Hollandsche Schouwburg at the Plantage Middenlaan 24

    Admission all of the Jewish the museums: € 12,00 (adult)

    Opening hours:
    Daily: 11AM - 5PM

    Opening hours Synagoge:
    Mo-Th: 10AM - 5PM
    Fr: 10AM - 4PM
    Sa: Closed
    Su: 10AM - 5PM

    zondag t/m vrijdag van 10.00 tot 17.00 uur, vrijdag van 10.00 tot 16.00 uur.

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    Jewish Museum - Jewish History in Amsterdam

    by nicolaitan Written Mar 3, 2013

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    A second large room presumably is another synagogue, chronicling the history of Jews in Amsterdam from the initial immigration through WWII. This exhibit is far less visited than the Great Synagogue, yet is very well done. Wall posters both images and dialogue, free standing glass cabinets with assorted artifacts, and paintings are most interesting. But the highlight are the interactive screens from which one can select from interviews, still photos, video clips, and objects for each of the periods of Jewish life in Amsterdam. The displays are about evenly divided as I recall between the earlier years and WWII. The photos, clips, and interviews from the Nazi occupation period are riveting - we didn't skip a single one.

    This is an exhibition well worth the investment of considerable time.

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    Jewish Museum

    by nicolaitan Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Jewish Museum is housed in four adjacent Ashkenazi synagogues, providing a comprehensive introduction to Jewish culture, history, and religion with extensive use of interactive materials and also featuring fixed and travelling exhibits, the latter often of famous Jewish painters. For those with the interest, the museum can occupy hours of education.

    Ashkenazi Jews arrived in Amsterdam simultaneously with the Sephardics, but fled their homes in Central and Eastern Europe more in response to specific events and persecutions such as the Polish Chmielnicki uprising and similar. With less planning and preparation time, they often arrived with little more than their financial acumen and the shirts on their backs, allowed only because of guarantees by the Sephardic community. Nonetheless with time they prospered, soon outnumbered the Sephardics, and built their own synagogues and cultural venues.

    The synagogues were abandoned during WWII , plundered by the Nazis, and owned by the City of Amsterdam after the war used for munincipal and commercial purposes. In 1974 the buildings were purchased by the museum society. Reconstruction and restoration commenced in 1987 tied together with steel and glass architecture, now one of the largest Jewish museums in the world.

    The Great Synagogue has been reconstructed in the manner of the original, with a central platform for the rabbi and cantor and a magnificent marble ark ( image 3 ). Throughout are ceremonial objects, pictures and written descriptions describing Jewish tradition and culture. Multiple computer screens offer interactive choices for learning about Judaism - holidays and traditions, well written. Along the exterior galleries artwork by famous Jewish artists are displayed ( image 4 ).

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    Jewish Historical Museum

    by ophiro Written Feb 3, 2013

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    the Jewish historical museum (Joods Historisch Museum) is the museum of jewush histrory.
    It's the only museum in Netherlands that is dedicated to the Jewish History and Culture.

    The Museum is open daily from 11 to 17.
    The Children's Museum is open daily from 11 to 17

    A ticket will cost 12 euro.

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    by frantz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum, in the former Synagouge, is about the history of the Jewish community in the Netherlands through the ages. Beside historic it is very educational.
    They also have often special exhibitions, at the moment there is an incredible exhibition about Marc Chagall.
    Just vist their website for a taste.

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    Jewish Historical Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    This museum documents and shows the history of Jewish people in Amsterdam. It starts with showing how Jewish people arrived in Amsterdam and there struggle to be accepted in to Dutch society over nearly 500 years. There is naturally a large display on the Jewish peoples hard times in World War 2 and moving film of deportations. In one elderly people actually wave and smile at the camera who had no idea of their fate and another shows a train made up of cattle trucks leaving the Westerbork transit camp - the woman next to me was in tears as she watched.
    Equally harrowing was the sight as an exhibit of an orange dress that belonged to a little girl who died in a concentration camp.
    There was a special exhibition of Jewish pre-war entertainers many of who died in the Holocaust.
    The synagogue is a beautiful part of the museum but only go if you are prepared for what you are to see.
    I paid 9 euros admittance for the museum only and did not realise this did not include the synagogue but no one questioned me when I went in.
    There is a cafe , clean rest rooms and a research area. Disabled friendly.

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    More than Anne Frank!

    by yooperprof Written Aug 23, 2008

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    The Jewish Historical Museum, located in the old Jewish quarter, incorporates several older buildings - and the interior of an old synagogue. It offers an interesting perspective upon eight centuries of Jewish life in Amsterdam, from times of persecution and refuge in the medieval era, to times of persecution and refuge in the modern era. There are both permanent exhibits and space for temporary or travelling shows, so the displays here are constantly being revised and updated. Very interesting to see the challenges and triumphs and tragedies of the Jewish community here - it should be seen by everyone who visits the Anne Frank house!

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    by kit_mc Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    This is one of the best Jewish museums that I've visited, and I've been to quite a few across Europe.

    A very large and well presented museum, the narrative from the arrival of Lisbon Jews in the 1600s, through 20th century devestation to present regeneration, takes you physically through the Great Synagogue and into the New Synagogue. The exhibits are interesting and varied with excellent interactive display screens as well as interactive videos.

    What is great about this museum is the diversity of exhibits and the fact that the narrative is not wholly based on 20th century events. It is truly a historical museum that focuses on Jewish life and history through the centuries. What I've found in other Jewish museums is that the focus on the Holocaust means that you can leave without actually learning anything. Holocaust overload if you will.

    The museum also has temporary exhibits which can take a while to get through on their own. While I was there I saw an exhibition on Jewish memory in comic strip art and another of photography from the 1930s by Kurt Lubinski [both on until 8 June 2008].

    Open daily 11.00 to 17.00. Entrance 7.50 adults, 3.00 children. Free with the Iamsterdam card.

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    Tradition

    by ozalp Updated Jan 4, 2008

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    I really impressed by the museums of Amsterdam. Thanks to my Iamsterdam card. If I did not have it I couldn’t see many of these museums.
    I visited Jewish Historical Museum after Hortus. They are very close to each other.
    The building had been a synagogue. I climbed the stairs and came into a big hall. There is a covered rectangular section in the middle of the hall. Objects of Jewish daily life were being presented there. On the walls there were video recordings of the WW II era. I mostly impressed by the arrangement of object-video-story combination in this hall. There were benches to sit and every bench has a touchpad TV and an object like a suitcase, a barrel, etc. After I sat the bench with the suitcase with a name in big letters on it, I learned its story. It was one of the suitcases that Jews had been allowed to bring with them to the concentration camps. On the TV you can watch a review with the owner of the object or a relative. I learned that the barrel had been used to store pickles of cabbage. It had been a famous product of Jewish District. On the TV set I watched an old man’s childhood memories about the pickles. He told that he’d used to buy pickles when he’d got money. This review had been recorded in the streets I’d walked before I came to this museum. He told that he was searching for years the secondhand objects in the open bazaar for the hope of finding something which belonged to his family.
    The following hall has some painting of Jozef Israëls’. Also it tells the story of Jews in Amsterdam. The hall under this one has a collection about religious life and traditions of Jews. You can learn some details of marriage ceremonies, mourning, etc. in this hall. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay here as much as I wanted.
    Then I'd a chance to see The Jewish Rembrandt exhibition here. Since 2006 was the Rembrandt’s 400th birthday, there had been many exhibitions with different themes. (I visited one of them in Istanbul Pera Museum.) I think this was the last exhibition of Rembrandt 400.

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  • A flying visit to the Old Jewish Quarter

    by Mariajoy Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    With only a few hours before we had to return to Central Station and catch our train to Brussels, we decided to visit this museum as we hadn't been before and it was within easy walking distance of our hotel.

    The sign outside says "free entrance" and that will get you as far as the small cafe (selling typical Jewish (Kosher) food) .... to actually get in the museum it's 3E.

    We only really had time to visit the downstairs of the building which focuses on Jewish beliefs and practises and stencil our names in Hebrew. It was interesting enough but I would like to see the upstairs next time which is more about the social history of Jews in Amsterdam and their roles in industry.

    The museum is housed in what were once four Ashkenazi synagogues dating from the 17th century.

    Open 11-5pm - and it is closed on Yom Kippur.

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    Jewish Historical Museum

    by roamer61 Written May 31, 2005

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    This wonderful museum located in a series of 17th and 18th Century Synagogues features exhibits on the temples and the history of the Jews of Amsterdam. There also more generalized exhibits on the Jewish Religion. A special section geared to children is also found on the premises.

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    Jewish Historical Museum

    by kevarms Written Apr 2, 2005

    Fascinating museum in what used to be 4 synagogues in Amsterdam's old Jewish quarter. Tells the story of Amsterdam's once very large Jewish community. During my visit there was also an amazing photo exhibition of the works of the Russian soldier who took famous photo of the Soviet flag being raised over the Reichstag in Berlin.

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    by Jarin Written Jun 19, 2004

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    The complex of the Jewish Historical Museum consists of four synagogues built in 17th and 18th century (the oldest building is the Great Synagogue - it was consecrated on 26 March 1671). After restoration, the previous Jewish Historical Museum, which was housed in the medieval Weigh House on Nieuwmarkt, moved in 1987 to this complex.
    Religion, culture and history of the Jews in the Netherlands and in general are central in this museum.

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  • Good museum with a friendly staff

    by fellman01 Written May 13, 2004

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    The Ashkenaz Synagogue

    Amsterdam has been enriched by a large Jewish population for centuries. So much so that a popular name for the city is Mokum (Hebrew for place)
    The Jewish museum is a very good family friendly place to gain an understanding of this rich history. It also provides a good overview of important Jewish rituals and beliefs.
    The old Ashkenaz (German) synagogue has been incorporated into the museum. Due to the extensive loss of life it was no longer needed after the Holocaust. After seeing the museum I suggest crossing the street and visiting the Spainish synagogue. This synagogue is still in use by the Jewish communty and presents an interesting contrast. Note the candle powered lighting and lack of heat!

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    Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum)

    by SNEAKS Written Feb 18, 2003

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    I found this museum to be the most fasinating of all. It is housed in the restored Ashkenzai Synagogue complex, and tells the stories of Jewish identity, religion, culture, and history in the Netherlands. The building includes Europe's oldest public synagogue. This museum is a must see.

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