The Dutch National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam is a new museum under development in the heart of the city's Jewish district.
It will tell the story of the persecution, deportation and murder of Jews in the Netherlands during World War Two, as well as stories of rescue and survival.
The museum is located on the Plantage Middenlaan street in the Hervormde Kweekschool, a former teacher training school. During the war, hundreds of Jewish children being held at the crèche nextdoor were secretly brought to safety via the school building. Across the street can be found the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the National Holocaust Memorial which was a theatre used as a deportation holding centre.
The National Holocaust Museum opened its doors in May 2016 although development will be ongoing over the next few years. 'Phase 1' of the museum up to 2018 will see part of the ground floor of the building being used for presentations, exhibitions, lectures and films. The story of the Holocaust will be told by temporary exhibitions in an artistic format and using personal historical accounts.
The building currently has a few rooms in use located around an outdoor courtyard.
Funds are being raised for 'Phase 2' which should see a complete refurbishment and transformation of the building from 2018 into the permanent Dutch National Holocaust Museum.
The museum has opened with the temporary exhibition "The Demise of Abraham Reiss", a series of 9 monumental paintings by noted Dutch actor and artist Jeroen Krabbé about the life and death of his grandfather. Before seeing the works in the main exhibition space, one should watch the film of Krabbé talking about the harrowing process of making the artworks. This runs until 2nd October 2016.
The Dutch National Holocaust Museum is part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter which also includes the Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial), Jewish Historical Museum, JHM children's museum and the Portuguese Synagogue.
Nearby the museum can also be found the Auschwitz Monument in Wertheim Park which consists of 6 broken glass mirrors on top of ashes from Auschwitz.
National Holocaust Museum Essential Info
Opening Times: 1100-1700 daily, closed on King's Day, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Admission Prices (2016): Entry ticket to the Jewish Cultural Quarter (JCQ). Adults pay €15, children 13-17/students pay €7.50, children 6-12 pay €3.75. Free entry for children 0-5, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders. The ticket is valid for 1 month at any other JCQ site.
Getting There: Plantage Middenlaan can be reached on foot (10 minute walk from Waterlooplein) or by trams 9 and 14 which stop directly in front of the Hollandsche Schouwburg. The museum is on the opposite side of the street.
National Holocaust Museum, Plantage Middenlaan 27, Amsterdam
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