- 3 hours
Jewish Amsterdam Tour
Venturing Inside the Portuguese Synagogue
"Seeing the Portuguese Synagogue was a highlight of my entire week in Amsterdam - I really appreciated [my guide's] knowledge."
Marred By Tragedy
Diary of a Young Girl
Want to linger longer along the canals? Take a look at our Dutch Golden Age Tour, which spends plenty of time there.
Important Info: Anne Frank House
IMPORTANT: you should purchase timed Anne Frank House tickets in advance to avoid potentially long queues. This can be done here. Please note that tickets can sell out up to several months in advance.
Is this tour suitable for clients with mobility issues?
Yes, both the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Historical Museum are wheelchair accessible. However, the streets of Amsterdam are frequently cobbled and can be uneven. If you have any mobility concerns, please email us the let us know and we can ensure the tour is adapted to you.
Alette has an MA in Art History (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) and holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology (University of Twente, Enschede). For both her thesis and her dissertation, she researched the intricate relationship between nature, art and science in the 20th century (thesis) and the 17th century (dissertation). Sculpture parks, ornamental gardens, and botanical gardens form the sites of study. As an independent scholar, she presents papers and writes articles on this subject. Alette also teaches art history and lectures on topics such as 17th-century Dutch art and architecture, 18th century Empire design, garden architecture, and landscape engineering. She has curated several exhibitions and stood at the basis of the exhibition Black is Beautiful on the image of black people in Dutch art history. She lives in the city where she was born: Amsterdam.
After completing his Bachelor Degree in History and a Master Degree in Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Barend worked in several museums both as a curator, guide and researcher. First at the Jewish Museum in Amsterdam where he was initially invited because of his thesis on memorials, but ending up researching Jewish food culture! A complete change of subject, but that ideally suits Barend’s many interests. In Museum het Schip he curated several exhibitions on the Amsterdam School, an architectural style unique to the Netherlands. At the Rijksmuseum he worked in the field in which he majored: the manifestation of colonial history in museums in the Netherlands. Here he researched the provenance history of holy heirlooms of the Javanese prince Diponegoro. At the museums he worked in he encountered stories of works of art or historic objects that got lost over the years, and his latest project is creating a podcast in which he traces down their histories, and with luck the objects themselves. He looks forward to sharing his love for ‘forgotten’ histories with you on his tour.
Anita studied Art History at the VU in Amsterdam and has vast knowledge about Dutch (Jewish) history and art. She gives tours in Dutch, English and Hebrew and is specialized in working with people who are visually impaired, families, and people within the autistic spectrum. Coming from a Jewish family, the traditions and her family history made her move to Israel. After living in Israel for 4 years, she returned to Amsterdam. She has also been active in the Amsterdam Jewish community as a board member of the Jewish schools.
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