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“Interesting but dated; renovations on the way”

Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
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Ranked #20 of 274 things to do in Tel Aviv
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interesting but dated; renovations on the way”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

Interesting museum that would have been a 5-star until about 15 years ago. The museum does not follow a chronological timeline. Rather, it follows 7 distinct "characteristics" of the Jewish people (e.g., culture, architecture, family, etc.). If you go, definitely spend the few minutes in the genealogy section, where you can research your ancestry by family name. I understand the museum will soon undergo a major renovation, and I will definitely visit after that. For now, it would still be an important stop if you are there for more than a few days but would not be a Top 10.

Visited February 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting but outdated”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

In th process of renovations, but interesting exhibits none the less. The museum is located outside the city on university campus, which is fun to see in and of itself. The highlight is by far the replicas of famous synagogues from around the world and the interactive computer station where you can look up relatives.

Visited October 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“interesting and very nice design inside”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

spend 2 or 3 hours if you will read everything. its a ery nice place to learn with all your senses and technology shares communication goals. it shows history along the world and thorugh time. closes 4pm, enjoy!

Visited January 2014
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illinois usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting in its own way”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is the museum of the diaspora--so if you are visiting from the diaspora you are in a way the exhibit. It introduces kids to the idea that jews used to live around the world, including in arab countries. It shows the different traditions of these diverse communities and at the same time shows what joins us. Its more models and multimedia than artifacts, and it was an early museum of this type so feels slightly dated, but well worth a visit. The cafe aroma inside has a large porch and is fun to sit at, the gift shop is a must for locally produced items for the whole family.

Visited December 2013
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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent subject, but museum needs to be updated and refreshed.”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

We enjoy museums. We enjoy history, culture, art and design. I was really looking forward to visiting the Museum of the Jewish People/Diaspora Museum. I was a little disappointed. It is situated on the campus of Tel Aviv University, which is an interesting corner of the city to explore.The museum itself has a very tired atmosphere, like being in a house that someone decorated thirty years ago and never updated. The exhibits felt worn. There were films with ancient headphones which didn't work. There were no markings for the audioguides. In fairness, it's really a question of money. They may not have the endowment, they may not have the benefactors. In Israel, there are many cultural sites vying for a part of the arts and culture budget, so it's understandable that some places may be neglected. But this museum has a great story to tell and still has many fascinating exhibits and teaches us a lot about Jewish life in all of its forms - its similarities and its differences - in communities all over the world.

Visited December 2013
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