Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum)

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Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum)
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Housed since 1987 in four former synagogues in the old Jewish quarter, the Jewish Historical Museum is full of religious items, photographs and paintings detailing the rich history of Jews and Judaism in the Netherlands throughout the centuries. A recent revamping has created more warmth and a sense of the personal in its permanent displays, which concentrate on religious practice and Dutch Jewish culture; among the exhibits is the painted autobiography of artist Charlotte Salomon, killed at Auschwitz at the age of 26. An excellent children's wing crams interactive exhibits on aspects of Jewish culture (including a nice one on music) into its space. The temporary shows explore various aspects of Jewish culture, while the Jonas Daniël Meijerplein site, with its Dock Worker statue commemorating the February Strike of 1941 in protest against Jewish deportations, is right across the street, beside the Portuguese Synagogue.

Venue name: Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum)
Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1

Opening hours: Open 11am-5pm daily; closed Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur.
Transport: Tram 9, 14/Metro Waterlooplein.
Price: Admission €7.50; €4.50 over-65s, students; €3 13s-17s; free under-12s, MK.
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