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 2016 although development of a permanent exhibition will be ongoing over the next few years.
Note, the museum will temporarily close for renovation on 2 Feb 2020. It is hoped a new museum will open in 2022.
Part of the ground floor of the building is 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.
The museum opened with a 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. This ran until October 2016.
In 2016, the exhibition Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument was opened. This is a physical version of the online Jewish Monument (founded 2005) which commemorates the 104,000 Jewish vicitms of the Holocaust from the Netherlands. This exhibition will run until the end of 2019.
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||Daily 1100-1700, last entry 1630. Closed on King’s Day (27 April), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Note, the National Holocaust Museum will close temporarily for renovation on 2 Feb 2020.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€17.00 for adults, €8.50 for children 13-17, students and CJP cultural youth pass holders, €4.25 for children 6-12 . FREE entry for children 0-5, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders.
The Jewish Cultural Quarter ticket is valid for 1 month and allows access to the Jewish Historical Museum, JHM children’s museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the National Holocaust Museum and the Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial). Pre-book your Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets online here
|Getting There||The National Holocaust Museum 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 Museum, Plantage Middenlaan 27, 1018 DB Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 5310 310, jck.nl