JHM Children's museum now online!  15 December 2008


Starting today, everyone is welcome to visit the brand-new website of the JHM's Children's Museum: www.jhmkindermuseum.nl. It is a cheerful site, full of inspiration, based on the theme of a Jewish family that happily receives visitors in their home, shows them their life and shares their ideas. In the virtual guest room, which is called 'your room', children and other visitors are invited to be themselves. They can put their own room together here, so that they can really feel at home with the Hollander family. To celebrate the launch of the new website, a competition has been set on the site; children can win a personalised wall painting by an artist in their own room at home.

In the Hollanders' home, you see the members of the family in short clips that film-maker Frans Weisz has produced specially for the website. 'Max the Matzo' is your guide, just as in the JHM's Children's Museum in Amsterdam. The characters each show the various ways in which they express their Jewishness. As the wise Hillel once said, 'What is hateful to you, do not unto your neighbour. The rest is commentary, go forth and learn!'. This is reflected playfully here in the form of marvellous animated drawings by Noga Zohar. And there is plenty to learn: the interactive kosher game in the kitchen, a jukebox of world music in the music room and a word game in the study. You can send e-cards to your friends, and in the guest room you can hang your own photographs on the wall.

The website follows the different festivals in the Jewish calendar. So in spring the Hollander family is busily preparing for Pesach, and as winter closes in they celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah.

The new website has been beautifully designed by Bureau IJsfontein and is in three languages: Dutch, English and Hebrew. The site provides ample scope for use in primary schools: for teachers to prepare lessons, and for pupils to give talks in class. It can also be used very well in combination with a visit to the 'real' Children's Museum, either as preparation beforehand or for going over the experience afterwards.

To celebrate the launch of the new website, the JHM Children's Museum is awarding a prize: children can make a virtual design of a room on the site. All entries will be kept on the site and will be accessible to everyone. Children will vote for the most beautiful design. The winner will be visited by a real artist at home, who will make a wall painting corresponding to the winner's individual preferences in his or her own bedroom.

The JHM Children's Museum has been a permanent part of the Jewish Historical Museum since 2006.
Address for visitors: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, Amsterdam.
Individual visits: every day from 11:00 to 17:00 (NB school visits take priority during the hours given below).
School visits: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00 (except for Wednesday afternoons).

Go to www.jhmkindermuseum.nl for news of special events for children in the Christmas holidays and for information about birthday parties, group visits to the JHM Children's Museum and programmes organised jointly with the Hollandsche Schouwburg.

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