History Museums in Amsterdam

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History Museums in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam South-East
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  • Chandra_A_Texas_USA
    Pearland, TX413 contributions
    There are a lot of small scale models of historic ships. But we really enjoyed exploring the ship Amsterdam.
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Cheryl K
    9 contributions
    I was literally blown-away by how incredibly detailed, well-organized, and thoughtful this museum was. I used the English language headset and pushed every number in order and learned so much about this small country's war experience which has often been over-shadowed by other fronts. An experienced traveler who has been in hundreds of museums and art galleries around the world, this was a gem worth finding and worth the 2+ hours I spent there.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Relax422161
    1 contribution
    Visited the place with my wife and 3.5 year old! It was a great experience where we learnt a lot from Martin (tour guide) who very passionately showed us how the mill works and the overall history of it. I strongly recommend the same in your next visit to Amsterdam, especially when you are traveling with your children
    Written 22 September 2022
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  • Angelica
    72 contributions
    Really beautiful and well kept house, I enjoyed the visit very much. There was an information booklet and information on specific pieces in the rooms, I do feel an audio guide or some such thing would’ve been good, but I still learnt things from my visit. Glad that the current owners of the house do not gloss over their family’s problematic history, the display case on slavery was fascinating
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy1,863 contributions
    The Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam is very close to the Portuguese Synagogue, and it is well worth a visit. The self-guide provided has very comprehensive explanations, and it is available in several languages.

    There are both a permanent exhibition, and temporary exhibitions.
    The temporary exhibitions were OK, but the true jewel is the permanent exhibition: there is a lot to see here, from documents to paintings, everyday objects and religius objects, and there are several rooms. Unfortunately, there is no clearly marked path on how the visit should be sequenced, so I ended up more than once in some rooms, and I'm afraid I might have totally missed others.

    The section I liked best is the section dedicated to pictures - there are some very beautiful pieces here - but the other sections were very interesting too:
    - section on religion
    - section on Jewish life in Amsterdam 1600-1900
    - section on Jewish life in Amsterdam after 1900
    Written 23 October 2020
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  • Pauline K
    2 contributions
    Totally suprised me in the best way possible. Very active and interesting exhibition, and the building alone is aelbsolutly breathtaking.
    Would recommend it to anyone, also very good for children because there are many interactive games.
    Can be visited for dutch and english speakers.
    Loved it!!!
    Written 12 October 2021
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  • stefanie
    Boise, ID40 contributions
    My partner and I were both very intrigued by this museum, and to learn more about the history of the canals that are such an integral part of Amsterdam. The museum offered recordings in many different languages, and had designated times for groups to enter the display areas at the same time. There were a few rooms with different displays and audio recordings that were interesting. I gained a great deal more understanding about the canal systems and how Amsterdam was built and rebuilt, but I was left wanting to see and know much more. There weren't really any displays of photos or items that would typically be found in a museum...The building itself was a part of history, but when we had finished with the museum, we were both left wanting more. Overall interesting, but I'd probably skip it for a museum with a more general history of Amsterdam next time.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Tim R
    Kingston, NY86 contributions
    This was a great museum to get an 'introduction' to Amsterdam - how it developed over the centuries. It is really well laid out, with lots of interesting information, but you can move through it fairly quickly. When I visited there was a special exhibit about Espinoza, and a lot of contemporary discussions about what constitutes 'freedom'. It was a good bonus.
    Personally, I wasn't too interested in all the Golden Carriage stuff - although they did a good job showing the overall context of the topic.
    I recommend this for 'first day' overview of Amsterdam if you've never spent much time here before, and want to get a historical introduction.
    Written 24 September 2021
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  • LA Cooper
    London, UK4 contributions
    This is probably one of the best museums we have ever visited - such a fantastic and intriguing architectural language by the Amsterdam School.
    We toured around the building and listened to some fantastic stories about the place and the history of Amsterdam.
    On top of a great experience we also had the chance to look at a fantastic exhibition by Fre Cohen, a very talented graphic designed who tragically killed herself during nazi occupation.
    Written 31 August 2022
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  • 0780AmieH
    Penzance, UK6 contributions
    Silly bit of fun that’s iconic when visiting. It’s reasonably priced and we spent an hour looking over the artefacts and information. Some bits are a little dated but it’s just fun! Have a giggle!
    Written 15 September 2022
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  • Wilma C
    10 contributions
    This museum in still in development so you will not see as much as you would in the Verzetsmuseum. Having toured this latter museum, and being so close, I decided to stop in. Your ticket includes admission to the National Holocaust Memorial across the street. If you’re short on time, you get much of the Jewish history in Amsterdam by visiting the Jewish Historical Museum, which includes admission to the Portuguese Synagogue. However, the personal perspective being curated by the National Holocaust Museum is powerful and is worth keeping an eye on as it develops.
    Written 20 December 2019
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  • mtc
    Los Angeles, California91 contributions
    I found the quiet simplicity of this memorial to the murdered Jews of the Netherlands heart-rending. I was particularly moved by the seemingly endless wall of family names of those deported from this former theater to concentration camps, and I was reduced to tears when I discovered on it the family name of one of my university professors, the son of Dutch survivors.

    I very much recommend watching the films shown near the reception area. They poignantly and informatively present personal accounts of the World War II experiences of some Dutch Jewish families. Headphones attached to nearby benches allow you to sit and listen in English, while contemplating the enormity of Nazi depravity.
    Written 27 October 2019
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  • Squidhead
    Costa Mesa, CA429 contributions
    This was a wonderful surprise and I highly recommend it. I only learned about it from the booklet which came with my Amsterdam Card. It is a fascinating Art Deco-styled building (DeBazel) which contains various items from the City's history. Old photographs, old sheet music, maps, and other documents - as well as posters, cartoons, and other interesting items. City history films are also shown. If you have an Amsterdam Card (and even if you do not) I recommend this (apparently) little-known place to visit and enjoy. It is easy to find (the building is huge) but I'd call it "off the beaten path" as it does not seem to be on most tourists' "must see" lists.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Kublakate
    Blaine, MN147 contributions
    Half of this hallway has very nice golden-age paintings similar in style to those in the Rijksmuseum. The other half of the hallway has modern art.

    The space is small. We spent 15 minutes casually exploring the space, reading just a few of the labels / plaques.

    If you are in the area, you should check it out. It's free and it's open daily 10-17 (5pm).
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • Martin Nel
    Bellville, South Africa416 contributions
    This museum or rather impressive house is worth the visit. The tour takes you through the house which have incredible different art pieces. It is truely unique. The bible collection is at the top floor, really worth the visit. You need about 2 hours. A tea garden is located at the back.
    Written 20 June 2019
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