About the Museum
The Museum of Jewish History is located in Amsterdam and presents the history of Judaism, in the Netherlands in particular and throughout the world in general. It opened in 1932 in Newmarket Square. However, during World War II, when the Netherlands was conquered by the Nazis, the museum was closed for lack of choice and most of its collections were lost.
In 1966 the synagogue complex returned to the local authorities and the museum was opened there. The museum has a variety of exhibits that describe important topics related to Judaism: from religious holidays and ceremonies, through the Holocaust and Zionism to the history of the Jewish community. The museum also has a special wing for children.
The number of items in the museum reaches 11,000 exhibits, but despite the large quantity, only 5% of the total items are displayed each time. On the first floor you can see religious objects. Anyone who is interested in Jewish customs and traditions can find sufficient explanations here. The museum has a large synagogue, where you can learn about the history of Jews living in the Netherlands from 1600 to 1890. In the adjacent synagogue hall, you can watch an exhibition depicting the history of Dutch Jewry in the 20th century. Beyond the exhibits, there are also many historical documents and photographs, books and pamphlets, listening and viewing materials.
In 1989, the Museum won the Council of Europe Prize for its unique collections, unique structure and presentation of the items.