Amsterdam Sights

Hollandsche Schouwburg

former theatre used as a deportation centre during WWII

In 16 months time during WWII 46,000 people were deported from the Schouwburg.

The Hollandsche Schouwburg (Dutch Theatre) was designed by architect Bombach and is a former popular theatre that was built in 1892 in the centre of the Plantage neighbourhood. Because of its central location within the "Jodenbuurt" (Jewish Neighborhood), the theatre attracted many Jewish visitors.

During the Second World War, the Germans made Jews assemble in this former theatre. Tens of thousands of men, women and children were held here, not knowing what fate awaited them, until they were deported to concentration and extermination camps.

Hollandsche Schouwburg Hollandsche Schouwburg on Plantage Middenlaan 24

National Holocaust Memorial

The Hollandsche Schouwburg (Dutch Theatre) is now a memorial site with a wall of names commemorating the Jewish victims. Over 6,700 family names of the 104,000 Jews from the Netherlands who were murdered in the war are listed in a war memorial. It also holds an exhibition about the Shoah (Holocaust) in the Netherlands.

National Shoah Museum

Across the street is a former crèche where many Jewish children, after being separated from their parents, were held captive until they were deported. With the help of the resistance approximately 600 children were smuggled to relatively safe places through the teacher training school next door. Starting in 2016 the National Shoah Museum will offer an activities programme in this building.

How to get there?

By tram: 9 or 14 stop Artis
By car: nearest car park Markenhoven

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National Holocaust Memorial

Hollandsche Schouwburg

Plantage Middenlaan 24
Amsterdam (Plantage)

official website

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


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. If you only visit the Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial), you don't need a ticket for the Jewish Cultural Quarter. You may give a voluntary contribution.

Jews of Amsterdam

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