The Dutch National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam is a new museum under development in the heart of the city’s Jewish district. It is under renovation and is expected to re-open in early 2024.
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 – this is also under renovation.
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 in February 2020 and is undergoing a major renovation. It is hoped the new version of the museum will open in 2024.
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.
The National Holocaust Memorial of Names is a new monument (2021) which pays tribute to 102,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust. Consisting of a series of brick walls and stainless steel panels it is located in Weesperstraat by the rear of the Hermitage Museum.
National Holocaust Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||Closed for long-term renovation. New museum scheduled to open in 2024.|
|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.|
The Jewish Cultural Quarter ticket is valid for 1 month and allows access to the Jewish Museum, Jewish Museum Junior and the Portuguese Synagogue. Both the National Holocaust Museum and the Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial) are under renovation.
|Getting There||The 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 Museum, Plantage Middenlaan 27, 1018 DB Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 5310 310, jck.nl
Last updated 22 March 2023. This article was first published in 2016 and has been regularly updated.
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