The Jewish Historical Museum is unique in its kind and is completely dedicated to the rich history of the Jews and located in the former synagogue at the Waterlooplein. On the basis of multiple posters, art objects, photographs and visual material, you are taken into everyday stories that Jews had to experience. In the museum you will notice why the Jews have made such a deep impression in everyday life in Amsterdam.
Everything about the Jews in Amsterdam
The museum describes exactly how the golden age looked between 16de and 17de century when many Jews from Portugal and Europe met in liberal Amsterdam. At that time, until just before the Second World War, they were free to profess their faith. Here they were left alone and no one then looked surprised if there were Jews on the streets of Amsterdam.
Around current Waterloopplein where the museum is located, there once was a vibrant Jewish neighborhood. This has everything to do with the street that lies near the "Jodenbreestraat". Because Jews were not allowed into the guild, they had a different way to their facilities are at the Jewish Historical Museum.
The museum organizes daily a number of regular tours with a guide who tells you everything about the Jews. The permanent tours of the Jewish museum are also the highlights such as the religion and the history of the Jewish kingdom. In addition to the guided tours in the museum, they also organize guided tours outside the museum. You walk through the city through Jewish Amsterdam. There is a tour of the Hollandsche Schouwburg and a visit to the Portuguese Synagogue with a guide.
Jewish Historical Children
A few years ago, the museum has created an extra home where children can get acquainted with the Jewish traditions and culture in a playful way. Max de Matze leads you with a lot of humor and wisdom through the house of the Jewish family Hollander. He will teach you, among other things, the rules of the Torah and general facts about Jewish families.
Children aged up to 6 14 years can take part in special workshops such as bingo games with Jewish objects. Children can paint their hands with henna and make their own Jewish stamps.