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Hollandsche Schouwburg – National Holocaust Memorial in Amsterdam

part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter

The Hollandsche Schouwburg is an old theatre in Amsterdam’s Plantage district which is now the Dutch National Holocaust Memorial. It commemorates the many Jews in the city who were deported during World War 2.

Hollandsche Schouwburg re-opened in March 2024 following a 3 year renovation and can be entered freely without a ticket.

The building originates from 1892 and was a mid-sized theatre (capacity 800) for many years during the early 20th century.

During the German occupation in 1941 the theatre was used exclusively for Jews as a form of segregation.

In 1942-43 it became a deportation centre. Tens of thousands of Jews from Amsterdam and the surrounding areas were obligated to report here before being taken to Dutch transit camps in Vught or Westerbork and then onwards to Germany.

In the early 1960s the building was turned into a memorial by the city council. The main auditorium had to be pulled down – due to disrepair – leaving a large empty space at the back. An obelisk was put up near the old stage which acts as a monument and place for reflection.

Visiting the National Holocaust Memorial

On entering the building via the secure double doors you can get a free audio guide (in Dutch/English). On the left-hand side of the space there is a video wall showing a film on the history of the building.

National Holocaust Memorial film screen
National Holocaust Memorial – film screen

Visitors can go outside to the rear memorial area with obelisk and garden. The walls have a number of memorial glass droplets which commemorate the experience of various individuals via audio.

National Holocaust Memorial (Hollandsche Schouwburg) garden area
National Holocaust Memorial – exterior memorial area and obelisk
National Holocaust Memorial (Hollandsche Schouwburg) exterior memorial area
National Holocaust Memorial – memorial area from the back
National Holocaust Memorial obelisk
National Holocaust Memorial – obelisk
National Holocaust Memorial garden
National Holocaust Memorial – garden at the rear
National Holocaust Memorial memorial droplets
National Holocaust Memorial – memorial droplets

On the wall you will also find the Digital Jewish Monument which contains a database of some 104,000 Dutch Jews.

Hollandsche Schouwburg digital jewish monument
Hollandsche Schouwburg – Digital Jewish Monument

The Hollandsche Schouwburg is part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter (JCK) which also consists of the for Jewish Museum, Portuguese Synagogue and the new National Holocaust Museum (across the road).

In the area you can also find the Dutch Resistance Museum and the Auschwitz Monument in Wertheim Park.

A short walk away is the National Holocaust Memorial of Names – a relatively new monument (2021) paying tribute to Dutch victims of the Holocaust. Consisting of a series of brick walls and stainless steel panels it is located in Weesperstraat by the rear of the H’ART Museum.

Hollandsche Schouwburg Essential Info

National Holocaust Memorial Opening Hours

Daily 1000-1700.

Hollandsche Schouwburg Admission

Free entry, no ticket required.

A duo ticket for Jewish Museum + Portuguese Synagogue costs €20. Book your Jewish Cultural Quarter duo tickets online here

A combi ticket for all 4 JCK locations costs €30.

How to Get to Hollandsche Schouwburg

The Hollandsche Schouwburg (National Holocaust Memorial) can easily be reached from the centre of Amsterdam on foot. Head towards Waterlooplein and continue further east along the Plantage Middenlaan. From Amsterdam Central take tram 14 to the ARTIS stop. Metro lines 51, 53 and 54 serve Waterlooplein.

Hollandsche Schouwburg Address / Contact

Hollandsche Schouwburg, Plantage Middenlaan 24, 1018 DE Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 5310 310,

Last updated 5 April 2024. This article was first published in 2010 and has been regularly updated.

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