Reopening of entire renovated Jewish Historical Museum  23 February 2007

On 23 February the completely renovated Jewish Historical Museum was opened. This is precisely 75 years after the museum's foundation in 1932. With the opening of the Print Room and Auditorium, designed by UNStudio, and the new permanent exhibition on the Jews of the Netherlands in the twentieth century, the renovation of the museum is at last complete. To mark the occasion the museum presents a two photographic exhibitions of work by Robert Capa and Eva Besnyö.

In the galleries of the New Synagogue the history of the Jews in the Netherlands in the twentieth century is brought to life in a modern presentation designed by KOSSMANN.DEJONG exhibition architects. The main developments of the period are portrayed in three periods - the prewar years, the Second World War and the period from the postwar era to the present day -using large mural projections, historical film material and personal stories on touch screens, alongside an original presentation of typical contemporary objects.

This exhibition continues the presentation on the Great Synagogue galleries covering the period from 1600 to 1900. It brings into fulfilment the museum's ambition to present the history of the Jews of the Netherlands from their first arrival to modern times.

In addition, the Jewish Historical Museum has built an extra floor in the New Synagogue, which houses the Print Room and Auditorium. The Print Room is designed to be able to display delicate works of art. The Auditorium is used for film shows and other events on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The museum recently unveiled the new Children's Museum, following the opening of the renovated Great Synagogue, the exhibition space, the Museum café, the Museum shop and the new entrance.

The opening of the now completely renovated Jewish Historical Museum coincides with the 75th anniversary of the opening of the original Jewish Historical Museum at the Weigh House on Nieuwmarkt on 24 February 1932 by Emanuel Boekman, head of Amsterdam City Council's art department.

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