Jewish Heritage Europe

Museums, Memorials & Cultural Institutions


Center for Research on Dutch Jewry

Yitzhak Rabin World Center of Jewish Studies
The Hebrew University
Mount Scopus Campus
91905 Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972 (0) 2 588 0242 (office)
Tel:: +972 (0) 2 588 1417 (library)
Fax: +972 (0) 2 588 0241
Email: (office)
Email: (library)

Founded in 1968, the Center deals with the history, the culture and the traditions of Dutch Jewry. This includes, among others, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, their social and cultural history, their literature, their philosophy and art, both in the Netherlands and outside of the Netherlands.

Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands

A commemorative online community and Holocaust memorial that combines community and contact with technology. Every person in the Monument has a separate page commemorating his or her life. This ‘personal page’ gives the person’s most basic personal details. Where possible, it also contains a reconstruction of his or her family relationships. The basic aim is to try to show the circumstances of each individual life.



Anne Frank House

Prinsengracht 263-267

A museum and educational center set up in the house where Anne Frank and her family hid in a “secret annex.” The web site includes a virtual tour of the secret annex.

Jewish Cultural Quarter

The Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam comprises several museums, institutions, and heritage sites: The Jewish Historical Museum (located in four synagogues), the JHM Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Ets Haim Library,  the National Holocaust Memorial Hollandsche Schouwburg, and the National Holocaust Museum.

Ets Haim Library

Mr. Visserplein 3
1011 RD  Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 5 310 398

The oldest functioning Jewish library in the world, holding about 500 manuscripts and 30,000 printed works, was founded in 1616 and has been housed in the complex of the Portuguese Synagogue since 1675. Many of its unique Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch manuscripts have been digitized and can be accessed online.

Hollandsche Schouwberg

Plantage Middenlaan 24
1018 DE Amsterdam

National Holocaust memorial, exhibition and education center, located in the theater that served as a stage point for the deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps.

Jewish Historical Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
1011 PL Amsterdam

One of the premier Jewish Museums in Europe, with an excellent and wide-ranging web site. The Jewish Historical Museum is housed in a complex of four former Ashkenazi synagogues dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The museum  includes virtual reconstructions of each of these buildings as well a much further information on Dutch Jewish history and heritage. The Museum also includes an innovative Children’s Jewish Museum with special exhibits and educational programs for young visitors. A small selection of the museum’s huge collection is on display. All objects have been digitized and can be viewed online in a searchable database. In addition, the Resource Centre holds approximately 43,000 books, brochures, documents, photographs, and audiovisual titles.

Menassah ben Israel Institute for Jewish Cultural and Social Studies

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 3-5
Amsterdam =
Tel: +31 (0) 20 5310324/5

(Correspondence to PO Box 16737, NL-1001 RE Amsterdam)

An independent Dutch institute for Jewish studies, supported by the Jewish Historical Museum and the University of Amsterdam. Activities range from setting up and executing (inter)national research projects, organizing symposia and lectures, issuing scientific publications to promoting research into Jewish heritage in the Netherlands, and encouraging the cooperation between researchers working Jewish studies throughout the Netherlands.


Limburgs Museum

Keulsepoort 5
5911 BX Venlo
Tel: +31 77 3522112
Fax: +31 77 3548396

The museum includes a reconstructed Mikveh dating from the first half of the 13th century, which is believed to the be oldest physical trace of a Jewish presence in the Netherlands.