Amsterdam Sights

Jewish Historical Museum

Jewish life in the Netherlands, housed in 4 monumental synagogues

The Joods Historisch Museum is a museum that focus on Jewish history, religion and culture. The museum is housed in a group of 4 historical Ashkenazi synagogues at the heart of the Old Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt) in the centre of Amsterdam.

Across the street is the magnificent Snoge or Portuguese Synagogue, which is still in use by Sephardi Jews. The museum is also close to the former Hollandsche Schouwburg theatre, which houses a deeply moving monument to the Dutch Jewish victims of the Second World War.


The Joods Historisch Museum opened its doors in 1932 and was inititally housed at De Waag on Nieuwmarkt square. Following the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, the museum was forced to close and much of the collection was lost. The museum reopened its doors in 1955.

Joods Historisch Museum


The permanent exhibition 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.

The museum also houses a temporary exhibition in which have been displayed works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jozef Israëls and Marc Chagall.

How to get there?

tram14 - stop Waterlooplein
metro51 53 54 - stop Waterlooplein
parkingnearest car park Stadhuis-Muziektheater

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Joods Historisch Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
Amsterdam (Plantage)

official website

For kids JHM Children's Museum

Opening hours

Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Tue 11:00 - 17:00
Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00

Ticket prices*

Jewish Cultural Quarter
€  7.5013-17 years
€  3.756-12 years
free0-5 years

* One ticket for the Jewish Historical Museum, JHM Children's Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Hollandsche Schouwburg.