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National Holocaust Memorial (Hollandsche Schouwburg)

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The Hollandsche Schouwburg is an old theatre in Amsterdam’s Plantage district which is now the Dutch National Holocaust Memorial. It commemorates the many Jews in the city who were deported during World War 2. It is currently closed for renovation until early 2024.

The building originates from 1892 and was used as a theatre for many years during the early 20th century. During German occupation the theatre was used as a deportation centre (1942-43) – Jews from Amsterdam and surrounding areas were obligated to report there before being taken to Dutch transit camps (Vught or Westerbork) and finally to Germany.

In the early 1960s the building was turned into a memorial by the city council. The main auditorium had to be pulled down (due to disrepair) leaving a large empty space out the back – an obelisk was put up near the old stage which acts as a monument and place for reflection.

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Hollandsche Schouwburg – outer area

Inside the building there is a chapel with eternal flame. The wall contains the names of many Dutch Jewish families who lost members during the time.

Upstairs on the first floor there is an exhibition space which chronicles the persecution of Jews in Netherlands. The exhibit has photos, videos and some personal items / documents.

In December 2020 the Hollandsche Schouwburg closed for a major renovation. It should re-open in early 2024.

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Hollandsche Schouwburg – closed for renovation

Across the road is the National Holocaust Museum. In the area you can also find the Dutch Resistance museum and the Auschwitz Monument in Wertheim Park.

National Holocaust Memorial Essential Info

Opening TimesClosed for long-term renovation.
Admission Prices (2023)€18 for adults, €9 for children 13-17, €6 for children 6-12. FREE entry for children 0-5, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders.

If visiting Hollandsche Schouwburg independently, there is no need for a ticket but a voluntary contribution is requested.

The Jewish Cultural Quarter ticket is valid for 1 month and allows access to the Jewish Museum, Jewish Museum Junior, the Portuguese Synagogue, the National Holocaust Museum and the Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial). Pre-book your Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets online here

Getting ThereThe National Holocaust Memorial can easily be reached from the centre of Amsterdam on foot – head towards Waterlooplein and continue further east along the Plantage Middenlaan. From Amsterdam Central take tram 14 to the ARTIS stop. Metro lines 51, 53 and 54 serve Waterlooplein.

National Holocaust Memorial, Plantage Middenlaan 24, 1018 DE Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 5310 310,

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