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Jewish Historical Museum

The Jewish Historical Museum was established 70 years ago, and from 1932 till 1987 it was housed in the medieval Weigh House, in the Nieuwmarkt. In 1987, the museum moved to the restored complex of synagogues at Jonas Daniël Meijerplein, just off the Waterlooplein.

Originally opemed as a single room, part of the Amsterdam Historical Museum, it has grown over the years despite the efforts of the Nazis.

When Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, the Jewish Historical Museum closed its doors and tried to save the collection. Objects on loan were returned to their owners and the museum collection was transferred to the Stedelijk Museum. In 1943 the Germans claimed the museum's objects as Jewish property, and was taken by the Nazis to Germany, and most was lost or destroyed.

Reopened in 1955, only a fifth of the original collection remained. New objects were added from public and private collections.

The museum hosts art displays and other cultural events geared towards Amsterdam's Jewish population and visitors.

More Info: Open daily from 11 am til 5 pm. Entrance is 5 euros for adults.

Address: Jonas DaniŽl Meijerplein 2-4
Postcode: 1001 RE
Added: October 12th 2002
Reviewer: Skip

Related Link: http://www.jhm.nl/
Hits: 1850
Language: english


Posted by marta on 2003-12-07 11:04:58
My Score:
very good museum

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