Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

Jewish Historical MseumThe Jewish Historical Museum is the only museum in the Netherlands to focus on Jewish history, religion and culture. The museum is located in a group of four historical Ashkenazi synagogues at the heart of the former Jewish quarter in the centre of Amsterdam.

Permanent exhibition

It features the following themes: the role of religion and tradition, the links with Israel, the persecution of Jews during the Second World War, personal life stories and the mutual influence of Jewish and Dutch culture.

Temporary exhibitions

The connect in some way to Judaism. In recent years exhibitions have featured work by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jozef Israëls and Marc Chagall. Shows have also featured photography, for example by Sem Presser and Erwin Blumenfeld, as well as surveys of cultural history. And naturally, the children’s museum especially for children is well worth a visit. Children, and adults too, are introduced to different aspects of Jewish tradition through interactive presentations, including matzo baking and learning to write Hebrew letters.

Jewish Historical Museum tickets

To avoid waiting lines we recommend to buy your Jewish Historical Museum tickets online.

Adults: €17.00
Children 13-17, students: €8.50
Children 6-12 €4.25

Jewish Historical Museum opening hours

The museum is open daily from 11.00 to 17.00.
The museum will be closed on 27 April, 19 September, 20 September, 28 September.

Jewish Historical Children's Museum

Open daily from 11.00 to 17.00. School visits have priority on the following times: Monday to Friday between 10.00 - 12.00 and between 13.00 - 15.00 (except for Wednesday afternoons).

Jewish Museum Art

Resource centre

With an extensive collection of publications, documents, photos and audiovisual material relating to Jews and Judaism in the Netherlands is open on weekdays 1-5 p.m., or in the morning by appointment. Education department provides guided tours, group visits and school programmes.


Every Sunday afternoon films, lectures, interviews or guided tours. Separate programme for children. See

Kosher cafe

open to the public 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hollandsche Schouwburg

The Jewish Historical Museum manages the Hollandsche Schouwburg. The former theatre was used during the Second World War as a deportation centre for Jews. Today it is a monument to the memory of those who died, featuring an exhibition for school children.
Please consult the opening times of the Portuguese Synagogue and the Hollandsche Schouwburg before visiting, as these are different from those of the Jewish Historical Museum.

How to get to Jewish Historical Museum

For closeby accommodation check the list of hotels close to Jewish Historical Museum.

Public Transport: Metro 51, 53 and 54: stop Waterlooplein, tram 9 and 14: stop Waterlooplein.

By car: Turn off the A10 ring road at junction S112 from the south, or junction S116 coming from the north. Follow the signs to Amsterdam Centrum, and to ‘P Het Muziektheater’ parking garage.

The museum is accessible for wheelchair users.


Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
1011 PL   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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