Jewish Historical Museum

Joods Historisch Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, Amsterdam, 1011 PL
Admission: EUR 12

Opening Times

Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed on 26th April, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, St Nicholas, 24th 25th December, 31st December.
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Tube : Waterlooplein, tram : 9, 14

This museum is dedicated to religion, culture and history of the Jews in the Netherlands and in its former colonies.

The museum possesses over 13,000 works of art, ceremonial items and historical objects. Only 5% of these are on permanent display.

The Jewish Historical Museum Foundation was set up on 23 May 1930 for 'the collection and presentation of everything that illustrates Jewish life in general and Dutch Jewish life in particular, in the widest sense, the discussion in meetings of everything related to this and the useful employment of every means to encourage Jewish art and studies'.

Eight months after its official opening at the Weigh House in Amsterdam's Nieuwmarkt district on 24 February 1932, the museum already owned 335 objects. By late 1937 this had risen to around 630.

Second World War In the Second World War the museum was forced to close and much of the collection was confiscated. Only a small percentage was recovered after the war. Read more.

New collection While the restored objects were largely religious items, after the war the museum began to focus on the history and culture of Dutch Jews. Part of this new collection was a large body of wartime documents. On 14 July 1955 the museum was reopened by Dutch prime minister Willem Drees. In 1974 the museum moved from the top floor of the Weigh House to encompass the entire building.

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Past exhibitions at Jewish Historical Museum - now closed:
Art Gallery: School of London Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff 13th Oct 2014 - 8th Mar 2015
Jews in the Caribbean. Four Centuries of History in Suriname and Curacao 30th Jan 2015 - 14th Jun 2015
R.B. Kitaj: Unpacking My Library 20th Mar 2015 - 12th Jul 2015
Selamat Shabbat: The Unknown History of Jews in the Dutch East Indies 13th Oct 2014 - 8th Mar 2015