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Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People

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Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People

658 Reviews
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TheShis wrote a review Mar 2021
Tel Aviv, Israel29,232 contributions3,767 helpful votes
This newly renovated museum is located within the Tel Aviv university campus. It consists of 3 floors of exhibitions, portraying the Jewish people throughout the generations. While the exhibits are OK, the museum feels more of a gallery rather than an actual museum. The models of the synagogues are lovely and should not be missed. Try visiting on a Friday, as tickets are complimentary then. Otherwise, it's a whopping 17USD per adult. Two hour is more than you need for a thorough visit. There's a decent Aroma cafeteria on the ground floor, too.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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E-Haifa wrote a review Mar 2021
Haifa, Israel218 contributions14 helpful votes
The museum has been completely remodelled and branded ANU ("We" in Hebrew). The museum has been given a completely new direction both physically (you start at floor 3 and see it going down 3 floors) and thematically to encompass "What is Jewish, What are the Jewish people and their story". The museum is full (yes, over 100!) interactive and VR displays, including films, music, humour, culture, religion and history, genealogy, world synagogues, communities, and so forth. It is a great experience for both adults and children, local and foreign tourists, indeed it is more a glimpse that at times, cannot encompass an entire people in 70 countries yet it does offer a thematic timeline of thought, culture, achievements, disasters and rebirth. For a foreign tourist, this is surely a must-visit. Yet, for all its stunning displays and numerous artifacts (thousands of original ones) I cant help thinking, it is over-designed. Sure, the designs are colourful, thoughtful and so many are interactive, yet, at times the colours and museum spectacle take over the actual items and themes displayed. For example, Israeli and Jewish music are a topic that could itself be an entire floor, yet are cornered into very general displays, not hardly encompassing this subject. Nevertheless, the overall experience is facisnating. I found the humour section, mostly centered around seinfeld and other american comedians - to be lacking focus and too american-based. The synagogue sections is a must-see with dozens of models, it is a shame that it is at the end of the route. In my eyes, this should have been central.. The museum is part of the Tel Aviv University Campus which has also become a museums quarter with the Steinhardt Natural History Museum and Eretz Israel design and art museum. All three are a must, alongside the campus itself which is an architectural gem-box with modernist, brutalist, post-modern and current designs by some world-renowned architects alongside dozens of large art sculptures scattered around the campus lawns. These three museums as well as two other adjacent: The Rabin Center and the Palmach Museum, are at least a full day worthwhile visit for any local or foreign tourist and give a great seletion of topics and current museum display technologies.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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france wrote a review Mar 2021
2 contributions
I would like to ask who are your genealogists ???? because all those surnames that you pass off of Jewish origin are only European surnames. as for the museum I was expecting something more sorry for the english i am french however, genealogy is a serious matter !!!!!!!!
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Date of experience: April 2020
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
Response from Beit H, Guest Relations Manager at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
Responded 9 Mar 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
Response from Beit H, Guest Relations Manager at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Thank you :)
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