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Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum

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Location: Jonas Daniel Meijerplein 2-4, Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a rich Jewish history, which is represented by many of the sites that can be visited, such as the Anne Frank House, but if you are looking for a single location that can give you a sense of the history of Judaism in Amsterdam, then you must visit the Jewish Historical Museum.  The museum itself is located in one of the historical four Ashkenazi synagogues located in the center of the old Jewish quarter of the city.

The synagogues alone, built in the late 17th century, make the trip worthwhile, and have been fully restored to their condition before the World War II. The museum contains a permanent exhibit that details the role of the Jewish religion and traditions in Amsterdam, as well as life stories dealing with the persecution of Jews during the Second World War.

There are also a number of temporary exhibits, which cover all areas of Jewish religion and culture, including the Jewish arts, writing, and even the food.  There are also a number of exhibits that are specifically tailored for children that will help them to better understand the relevance and impact of Judaism in Amsterdam.