The Jewish Cultural Quarter provides you with four centre parts to visit, filled with information on the Jewish culture, tradition and history. 

Experience the 17th Century interiors of the Portuguese Synagogue, which is illuminated by hundreds of candles whilst you travel back in time to Amsterdams Golden Age, discover the history and culture of the Netherlands in the Jewish Historical Museum, which also homes the interactive Children's Museum. Finally visit the National Holocaust Museum which was located in the former theatre called Hollandsche Schouwburg, the memorial site now presents a wall of names commemorating the Jewish victims - learn about the Holocaust through ever-changing exhibitions and events.


  • Jewish Historical Museum
  • Portuguese Synagogue
  • National Holocaust Memorial and Museum
  • Children’s Museum

Did you know:

  • The quarter is home to the oldest and still functioning Jewish Library in the world
  • In the Knowledge Center, you can discover Jewish art, culture and history. Full of books, DVDs, audio recordings of documentaries, interviews and traditional folk music, photographs, historical documents and journals.

Exhibitions 2020

The Jewish Cultural Quarter offers a wide range of exhibitions all year round. View famous works from Dutch artist, Eli Content exhibits, German poet, Paul Celan and learn about Jewish history and culture through thought-provoking exhibits.

Candlelight Concerts 2020 

Experience the beautiful acoustics of the Portuguese Synagogue illuminated by hundreds of candles as talented musicians entertain with classical, jazz and klezmer.

For more information on exhibit schedules as well as Candlelight Concert dates and line-up please visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter website

How to get there:

Hollandsche Schouwburg and the National Holocaust Museum

  • Tram: 14 to Waterlooplein   

Jewish Historical Museum, Children's Museum, Portuguese Synagogue, Ets Haim and the knowledge center:

  • Metro: 51, 53, or 54 to Waterlooplein stop, Nieuwe Amstelstraat exit, then a 2-minute walk

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Please visit the website for opening hours of the Portuguese Synagoge (
Monday 11:00-17:00
Tuesday 11:00-17:00
Wednesday 11:00-17:00
Thursday 11:00-17:00
Friday 11:00-17:00
Saturday 11:00-17:00
Sunday 11:00-17:00


Jewish Historical Museum, Children's Museum, National Holocaust Museum and National Holocaust Memorial:
Closed: 27 Apr.,19 & 20 Sept, 28 Sept 2020

Portuguese Synagogue:
Closed: Saturdays, 27 Apr., 19 & 20 Sept, 28 Sept 2020, Jewish Holidays and for special events

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