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Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People

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Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People

653 Reviews
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diana k wrote a review Mar 2020
13 contributions21 helpful votes
Reading the Brandt guide we expected it to be than is. Yes the Jewish humour was amusing and the models of various synagogues is interesting but that is it no history no nothing about history of the Jewish people and stupid money to get in.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Beit H, Guest Relations Manager at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Shalom dear Diana, we are sorry to learn of your disappointment, Our new core exhibition, a huge historical and conceptual, three floors new museum, is slated to open in October 2020. All best wishes,
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debwit62 wrote a review Feb 2020
Hod Hasharon, Israel100 contributions18 helpful votes
We took some visitors to this museum and we found it interesting and enjoyable. Especially the exhibition on Jewish humor. It is the first time I've come out of a museum laughing. Cant really say I learnt anything knew but it was interesting to see something so familiar exhibited in such a way.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Beit H, Guest Relations Manager at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
Responded Feb 16, 2020
Thank you :)
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Olav H wrote a review Jan 2020
Odense, Fyn, Denmark36 contributions21 helpful votes
The website of the museum indicates that the core exhibition is closed, but after some hesitation we decided to visit anyway, and are very happy that we did. Especially the synagogue exhibition is really well done. There are models of synagogues around the world, an informative yet humorous film explaining the difference between Ashkenazi and Sephardi customs, a video installation with scenes from synagogues around the world, and much else besides. The Jewish humor exhibition was also delightful. We hope to return when the core exhibition is open again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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TessmacTraveller wrote a review Jan 2020
Fernie, Canada244 contributions78 helpful votes
We were told by the staff at the Jaffa Clock Tower TI that the main exhibits of the Beit Hatfutsot were now open. Taking them for their word, we went out to the museum and were sorely disappointed. The staff at the ticket desk didn’t tell us most of the exhibits were closed and we were charged the full 49 NIS each to go into two small temporary exhibits, one of which was poor. At this point it is absolutely not worth the trek or the admission fee to go to the Beit Hatfutsot. We waisted much of a day for a sub-par museum experience.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Beit H, Public Relations Manager at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
Responded Jan 15, 2020
Shalom Dear Randall, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the unpleasant experience you went through. The museum's new core exhibition is set to open in October 2020, and will be displayed throughout 3 new floors, including more than 1300 artifacts and original collection. At present, we display five permanent and temporary exhibitions. "Hallelujah! – Synagogues Past and Present”; “Let There Be Laughter” - Jewish Humor Around the World; “Heroes” - an exhibition about 145 Jewish trailblazers; "Operation Moses: 30 Years After, an exhibition unfolding the story of the Ethiopian Jews’ Aliya and integration in Israel; “Capturing History – Chim” - a retrospective on the life and work of Chim - David Seymour - one of the greatest photojournalists of the first half of the twentieth century; and one lobby display: a special performance art display in memory of Leonard Cohen - I’m Ready My Lord. We welcome you to visit us again as the new core exhibition opens. For further information, please visit our site: www.bh.org.il
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OregonJerry wrote a review Jan 2020
Portland, Oregon364 contributions54 helpful votes
The reviews should have warned me: finding this museum is half the fun, especially with guards who speak only Hebrew and are more than gruff and some locals who want to be helpful but are clueless directionally. But once found I found the Jewish Humor, Synagogues exhibitions terrific. And stumbled upon the genealogy section and more photo exhibits down stairs.while I couldn’t find staff on genealogy ( nor enough time anyway ) I grabbed an English version of how to work with them via internet. Finally, the Hinneini final song video of Leonard Cohen was moving. The one reception staff member who spoke English was also a mensch.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Beit H, Public Relations Manager at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
Responded Jan 11, 2020
Thank you, we hope to host you again after the opening of the new core exhibition in the fall of 2020.
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