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Discover Amsterdam's Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue Ticket

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Explore Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage with admission to the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic place of worship with stunning architecture and artifacts. Take in the beautifully-preserved interior, from grand stone pillars to plaster walls and a series of 72 windows. Your ticket includes admission to the most important heritage sites in Amsterdam's Jewish Cultural Quarter.
  • Admission to Amsterdam's Portuguese Synagogue
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Learn about the synagogue on an audio headset
  • Experience the Jewish Cultural Quarter
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Make your way to the Portuguese Synagogue in tin central Amsterdam, convenient to the metro line and other key attractions in the Jewish Cultural Quarter. Learn about the dramatic history of Amsterdam’s Jewish community, who arrived in the Netherlands fleeing persecution in Spain and Portugal.

Walk the sand-covered, wooden floors of the synagogue, which is lit by 1,000 candles set in brass chandeliers—the Portuguese Synagoge has never had electric light or heating. Continue through a series of buildings filled with collections of ceremonial objects in silver, gold, silk and brocade, then see the oldest working Jewish library in the world, Ets Haim, which is part of UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ program.

Your ticket is valid for one month, and includes access to the Jewish Historical Museum that’s housed in four monumental synagogues, the JHM Children's Museum and all located within the 1-Jewish Cultural Quarter.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Joods Historisch Museum
The Jewish Historical Museum is a beautiful, high-profile museum that occupies four monumental synagogue buildings in the middle of the Jewish Cultural Quarter. It provides a unique picture of past and present Dutch Jewish life in all its facets. The museum has an extensive collection of items ranging from paintings to films, and from utensils to 3D presentations. At any one time there are also two temporary exhibitions on display.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Portuguese Synagogue
At the heart of the Jewish Cultural Quarter stands the majestic Portuguese Synagogue. The building is still used for religious services, but it is also open to the public. It hosts frequent candlelight concerts. Hundreds of candles illuminate the perfectly intact 17th-century interior. Visitors to the smaller buildings in the complex will find treasure chambers containing a unique collection of ceremonial objects made of silver, gold, brocade, and silk. The world’s oldest functioning Jewish library is also here: Ets Haim Livraria Montezinos, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Duration: 30 minutes
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Hollandsche Schouwburg
Temporarily closed for renovation from 1 September 2020 onward. During World War II, the Hollandsche Schouwburg was used by the German occupying forces as a collection centre for Jews. From here, tens of thousands of women and men were deported to concentration and extermination camps. It is now a place of commemoration. In the hall, a wall remembers all the people deported from here through an inscription of their surnames, and there is an exhibition detailing the persecution of Jews in the Netherlands. (The Hollandsche Schouwburg will be temporarily closed for renovation from 30 June 2020 onward)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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JHM Children's Museum
The Children’s Museum is a museum created especially for younger visitors inside the Jewish Historical Museum. Here children can get to know something about Jewish life and Jewish tradition in an entertaining way. The museum’s interior is set up like the home of Jewish family. Every day children can bake mini-hallahs (braided bread rolls) in the kosher kitchen, learn a bit of Hebrew in the study, or play tunes together in the music room.
Duration: 30 minutes
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Grâce à l'audio guide fourni, la...
Marcel T
, Sep 2017
Grâce à l'audio guide fourni, la visite de cette ensemble nous a appris beaucoup sur cette Communauté. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié la visite des autres établissements qui nous ont montré l'implication de la population hollandaise pendant la dernière guerre.

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This was alright - very different than...

star-2Kelly C
Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket | Feb 2018

This was alright - very different than I imagined and the self guide tour was boring.

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The self-guided tour was great. It...

star-5Regina P
Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket | Jul 2017

The self-guided tour was great. It allowed me to see sites at my own pace and it was very educational. There was additional information provided by brochures about the Jewish quarter that also was very helpful. Amsterdam is a beautiful, friendly city that doesn't seem as affected as other european cities by xenophobia and illogical behavior. The price for the ticket was extremely reasonable.

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You need to allow for at least 4...

star-5rlipchik
Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket | Sep 2016

You need to allow for at least 4 hours to see many of the fascinating exhibits. There are three main areas. The cafeteria soup was outstanding.

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The tour was very good the only hang...

star-4Arthur S
Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket | Mar 2016

The tour was very good the only hang up was that the Starting Point of the Tour was not clearly indicated in the documents provided and even the local people near the point did not recognize the address.

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