New Jewish museum opens in Moscow

28th Nov 2012

A major new Jewish museum has opened in Moscow to add to the rich variety of cultural sites on offer in the Russian capital.

The US$50 million Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre explores the meaning of being both Jewish and Russian and takes visitors on a journey from the dawn of Judaism right up to the present day.

Multimedia technology is used throughout the new Moscow museum, including a 4D cinema used to tell the biblical story, complete with special effects courtesy of vibration chairs, wind, sounds and water.

A range of artefacts will also be on display providing insight into the lives of Jewish people in Russia since the end of the 19th century.

The museum, housed in a former bus terminal, is the result of a collaboration between architects Ralph Appelbaum Associates and designers The Hettema Group.

Architect Ralph Appelbaum said it is the first time a historical view of Jewish life in Russia has been put on display.

It was created as part of an initiative to "support the diversity of cultures and nations" living in modern day Russia, he added.

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre was funded by private donations, including one from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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