On 23 February 2007 the renovated Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) re-opened its doors to the public.
One of the most radical elements of the renovations is a new climate-controlled print gallery in the cellar beneath the New Synagogue, where almost 400 m2 extra room has been created. Here, vulnerable works can now be shown to the public under optimum conditions.
The galleries of the New Synagogue will meanwhile revive the twentieth century.
The Jewish Historical Museum is not satisfied with just presenting a historical survey it also wants to show how historical developments have influenced life today.
Stories, visual material, soundbites and objects bring famous people from recent history back to life for example the trade unionist Henri Polak, the author Etty Hillesum and the cabaret artist Louis Davids. The museum also pays attention to how Jewish people live today.
Other renovations involve the creation of a modern auditorium, a larger museum shop and a media cafe. Large parts of the museum have incidentally remained open to the public throughout the renovation work.
As from November 2006 the successful In Mokum staat een huis childrenâ€™s exhibition that has been on show in the galleries of the New Synagogue for the past five years will be permanently accommodated in the Obbene Shul. In 2002 this exhibition won the Jewish Historical Museum the Prince Bernhard Culture Fundâ€™s award for the best childrenâ€™s museum.
The new Childrenâ€™s Museum, which will comprise three floors and eight rooms, will serve as a meeting point for children of different cultures.
The architectsâ€™ firm responsible for the renovations is UN Studio Van Berkel & Bos. More information: www.jhm.nl.
– Joods Historisch Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 [Google Map]
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