The Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum in Dutch) was established in 1932. The museum is devoted to Jewish history, culture and religion, in the Netherlands and abroad. Located in the Jewish Quarter, the museum prides itself in being the only one in the country of its kind. The museum is home to a vast array of historical artifacts including everyday objects and art, which provide a valuable insight into the different aspects of Judaism in the Netherlands. The JHM Children’s Museum contains relevant Jewish artifacts which are displayed through interactive presentations. The museum hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions which depict cultural Jewish history and showcases about the role of Judaism and the influence that Jewish and Dutch culture had on one another.
The museum was originally located in the Weighing House (Waag in Dutch). During WWII, It was closed by the Nazis and many items were looted. In 1955 it was reopened in Nieuwmarkt Square. The museum relocated to its current location in Waterlooplein, in 1987. In 1989 it was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1989.