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National Holocaust Museum (Closed)

Under renovation, should reopen in 2022

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 initially opened its doors in 2016 and offered temporary exhibitions in artistic format, presentations, lectures and films about the Holocaust. It was focused on using personal historical accounts.

The museum was closed on 2 Feb 2020 and is undergoing a major renovation. It is hoped the new version of the museum will open in 2022.

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Exhibition: The Demise of Abraham Reiss – Jeroen Krabbé (2016)

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.

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 The National Holocaust Museum closed for a major renovation on 2 Feb 2020. It is scheduled to reopen in 2022.
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

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