Hollandsche Schouwburg

Hollandsche SchouwburgDuring part of the Second World War, in 1942 and 1943, the Hollandsche Schouwburg (the Dutch Theatre) was used as a deportation centre for Jews. The theatre, built in 1892 as a centre for relaxation and entertainment in the heart of the old Jewish quarter of Amsterdam, became a place of grief and anguish. Thousands of men, women and children were sent by train from here to Westerbork transit camp in Holland, and from there to death camps. Few of them lived to return. In the course of the Second World War 104,000 Dutch Jews were killed in Nazi extermination camps.

Today the Hollandsche Schouwburg is a war memorial, in remembrance of the Jews who perished under the Nazi regime. The entrance hall leads into a memorial chapel where an eternal flame is burning. Engraved on a special Wall of Remembrance are the 6,700 family names of all the 104,000 Jews from the Netherlands who perished during the Second World War.

On the first floor there is an exhibition covering the persecution of Jews in the Netherlands. The second floor is used for educational activities.

Visiting address
Plantage Middenlaan 24
1018 DE Amsterdam

Public Transport
Metro: 51, 53 and 54, stop Waterlooplein
Tram: 9 and 14, stop Plantage Kerklaan

Questions about your visit, guided tours or reservations:
Service & Sales Department
T +31 (0)20 5 310 380
E Service & Sales
Monday until Friday 9.00 - 17.00

Other questions
T +31 (0)20 5310 340
F +31 (0)20 5310 311
E Info
W Hollandsche Schouwburg

Opening hours

The Hollandsche Schouwburg is open daily 11.00 - 16.00.

Closed on Jewish New Year (29 en 30 september 2011) and Yom Kippur (8 oktober 2011).

If you wish to visit the monument and see the exhibition with a group or class, kindly notify the Public Affairs Department by telephoning in advance +31 (0)20 5 310 380. Facilities provided for those with movement disabilities.


In order to remain meaningful for young and old, today and in the future, we kindly request a contribution for this unique building, monument and museum. If this is inappropriate to you, given the purpose of your visit, please let us know.

Admission € 2,50
Kaddish visit free (a contribution is highly appreciated)
(School)group free (a contribution is highly appreciated)