Jewish Museum

Jewish history, religion and culture in Holland

The Joods Museum is a museum about past and present Jewish life in the Netherlands. It is housed in 4 monumental synagogues.


One of the 4 synagogues in which the Joods Museum is housed


The Joods 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.

Jews of Amsterdam

By the end of the 16th century, Jews fled from Spain and Portugal the Inquisition and settled in the upcoming Amsterdam. Jews from Germany and Eastern Europe followed. Amsterdam became their Mokum, a second Jerusalem.

Read more about the Jewish Community of Amsterdam.


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.

The Children's Museum  is a museum created especially for younger visitors inside the Jewish Historical Museum.

Across the street is the magnificent Snoge or Portuguese Synagogue, which is still in use by Sephardi Jews. The museum is also close to Waterlooplein (flea market), Hortus Botanicus and Hermitage Amsterdam.

The museum is also close to the former Hollandsche Schouwburg theatre, which houses a monument to the Dutch Jewish victims of World War II.

Joods Museum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
Amsterdam (Centrum)


tram 14 Waterlooplein
directions_subway 51 53 54 Waterlooplein
local_parking Stadhuis

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

Entrance fee *
€18.00 adults (18+)
€9.00 13-17 years
€6.00 6-12 years
free 0-5 years

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

official website

Nederlands English


Now and upcoming


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 Israƫls and Marc Chagall.

temporary exhibition


31 March 2023 - 3 September 2023

more impressions


Bruin brood (1953)

by Sal Meijer (1877-1965)

Landloper met familie (1650-1654)

by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669)

Thumb ring with engraved Hebrew texts (1700-1850)

joods historisch museum

Interior of the Portuguese Synagogue (1680)

by Emanuel de Witte (1617-1692)

Holocaust Memorial of Names
by Daniel Libeskind


Shabbat Lamp (1650-1675)


Talmud (1752)

by Joseph en Jacob Salomons Proops

Portrait of Baruch de Spinoza (1877)