The Diaspora Museum (In Hebrew: Beit Hatfutsot) is a museum devoted to the Jewish people their culture throughout the ages and across the World. It is set Tel-Aviv University, in Northern Tel-Aviv, next to the new museum of Natural History. Expanded and renewed in 2018, the museum now spans over 100,000 square feet, and was recently renamed to The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfusot.
The Special Theme of the Diaspora Museum
The Museum was a fulfillment of the first president of the World Jewish Congress, Nahum Goldman. Opening in 1978, the museum presents, through different mediums, the Jewish identity across the last 2,000 years of history, from the 1st century to modern times. The permanent exhibition begins with a replica of the relief in Titus Arch’ showing spoils of Jerusalem’s temple carried into Rome. It is followed by over 20 models of Jewish synagogues across the world.
The temporary exhibitions include a photographic display of the Ethiopian Immigration to Israel, a tribute to Bob Dylan, to Leonard Cohen, the popular exhibition on Jewish humor, and more. The Diaspora museum also holds a database of Jewish genealogy. Visitors are welcomed to use it and try and trace their Jewish ancestry, including photos, and videos. Who know? maybe you are related to a Jewish Nobel Prize Winner?
Visiting the Diaspora Museum
The Museum is open every day of the week, including Saturday. During the week it can also be reached by public transportation. A tour of the Museum cab be combined with a guided day tour to Jaffa and Tel-Aviv. It can also be cobined in a Bar-Mitzvah tour to Israel.
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