Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos

In the complex of the Portuguese Synagogue stands the oldest active Jewish library in the world: Ets Haim–Livraria Montezinos. In 2003 UNESCO placed this library on its Memory of the World Register in recognition of its universal importance.

During a guided tour of Ets Haim you will learn about the first Sephardic Jews who settled in Amsterdam, their school system, and the role that Ets Haim played in this education. The guide will also talk in some detail about the library’s history and show you several of the finest items in the collection.

Ets Haim – Livraria Montezinos is the oldest functioning Jewish library in the world. It has occupied its current premises in the marvelous complex of the Portuguese Jewish Synagogue in Amsterdam since 1675. In 2003 UNESCO put the library on the Memory of the World list, thereby recognizing its universal importance.

Bibliotheek Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos. Foto Peter Lange. Collectie Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam

General Information

Private guided tours: for 1 to 10 persons

Availability: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Duration: 60 min.

Price: €80 + admission ticket

From September 1st 2022: €90 per guide + admission ticket


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