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“A disappointment”

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
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US$57.43*
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Moscow CityPass
Ranked #12 of 2,720 things to do in Moscow
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Owner description: All museums are similar to some extent. Often it is a collection of items united by one theme, lying on display behind the glass. You cannot say the same about our museum. It is different. It is interactive. It is difficult to say what it resembles most, a museum in its conventional meaning or a theme park. The exposition imparts the information in a multitude of ways. It is multifaceted. It engulfs you, enters your mind and interacts with almost every single of your sense organs. And it is possible thanks to the cutting-edge audio-visual and computer technologies.В чем-то все музеи очень похожи друг на друга. Часто это объединенное по тому или иному принципу собрание вещей и предметов на витринах под стеклом. О нашем музее этого сказать нельзя. Он другой. Он интерактивен. Сложно определить, на что он больше похож — на музей как таковой или на парк развлечений. Вся информация, которую призвана донести до посетителей экспозиция, имеет разные способы подачи. Она объемна. Она обступает людей, проникает в их сознание, воздействует почти на все органы чувств. Это стало возможно благодаря использованию современных компьютерных и аудиовизуальных технологий. История расселения евреев по миру подана в виде большой интерактивной карты. Огромные витрины, на которые проецируются уникальные фильмы и фотографии, воссоздают образ типичного местечка XVIII — начала XX веков. Аудиоэффекты органично дополняют визуальный ряд и создают эффект присутствия. Архитектурные конструкции спроектированы таким образом, что дополняют экспозицию и усиливают вовлеченность. Давайте подробнее остановимся на каждом из пунктов.
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Having only recently visited the Polin Museum in Warsaw we expected something similar. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The museum has quite a lot of multimedia effects but actually shows very little. In addition most of the information is only written in Russian!

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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

The creators of this museum really splashed out for the latest and greatest, and it shows. The introductory presentation takes you through the highlights of the Old Testament, complete with 3-D effects, moving seats, wind and sprinkles of rain, and locusts (ok, not real locusts). It is almost entirely over the top, and yet charming. The rest of the museum focuses on the basics of Judaism/Jewish life as well as the history of Jews in Russia. There is a deeply moving film/exhibition about the experience of Jews in the former Soviet Union in WWII. A lot is in Russian, but there is certainly enough in English to make the museum worthwhile for non-Russian speakers. The space itself is beautiful and well-laid out. Using Yandex or Google maps will get you there easily.

2  Thank Laura F
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This museum is located in a quiet suburb and the exterior of building resembled a warehouse. Upon entry, the interior was spacious and modern. There was a good cafe, a small souvenir shop and a long reception desk.
The starting point was an auditorium almost like Disneyland's 4D Shrek show - 3D glasses, shaking chairs, sprinkle of moisture, gusts of wind etc. The show could be described as a condensed version of Disney's Prince of Egypt. This mandatory mini-animation divided opinions of the audience but at least the seats were very comfortable.
The subsequent exhibitions were excellent and displayed in an orderly fashion with mostly Russian texts and some English texts. The interactive screens have English option. The story of the migration of Jewish people, how they settled and kept their traditions in the new adopted homelands, how Russia came about 'inheriting' the large communities of Jewish settlements were elegantly told.
There are also documentary shows with English subtitles. The documentary on Nazi brutalities was very moving. The final theatre featured the sad plight of Russian Jewish community after WW2 and how Russian leaders like Vladimir Putin foster the spirit of tolerance. Truly an exemplary lesson for all and personally I feel for the sad plight of certain displaced people in Middle East. An irony indeed.
This is an excellent museum.

2  Thank Allkuans
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

I would recommend the place not only for Jewish people or people who want to explore the history and culture of Jewish people, but also for those, who would love to see the example of what a modern museum opened nowadays can be.
I think I've never seen such a technological museum in Russia. You can observe every kind of recent technologies here, like interactive whiteboards, tables, multimedia corners, lots of audio and video materials, lots of contemporary exhibitions and different playful corners as well.
Probably made me sad a bit that such a museum exists only for Jewish history, but nevertheless you can acquire some new info about that for yourself.
At the end of the exhibition you can take a test on How tolerant you are =) Probably can also be useful
All and all I recommend the place to entertain yourself with new technologies.

1  Thank Veronica_ben
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

It's very interactive and high tech. The architecture of the museum is great -- there is an airy and positive feel to the place. There is also a cafe with delicious kosher food.

1  Thank Vibha S
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