Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow

4.6
#12 of 443 in Museums in Moscow
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Understand the complex history of Russian Jewry by looking into personal testimonies, archival video footage, and interactive high-tech displays at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. The museum opened in 2012 in the restored Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, a world-famous Constructivist masterpiece. Architects Melnikov and Shukhov designed the building in 1926. Notice how the interior lighting resembles slanted rays of sunshine. The exhibits, divided chronologically in 12 galleries, evoke the lives of Russian Jews since the late 19th century, with special emphasis on the fate of Soviet Jews and the role of Jewish soldiers during World War II. The museum also features a shop, a lecture hall, and a cafe. With our custom trip planner, Moscow attractions like Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • My wife and myself are frequent goers. Usually, for Museum's exhibitions - they are brilliantly thought of, always reaching the aim and giving the right impression. No matter, how sad the emotions...  more »
  • So much to recommend here that it's hard to start. Very well laid out, very well run and there is a real depth of feeling in the exhibits. Has regular concerts, lectures and exhibitions. And very.....  more »
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  • A great history lesson of the Jews from the whole of the Eastern European region. You'll walk away having been exposed to a very powerful experience. The museum provides an in-depth understanding of the history of Ashkenazi Jews. This was an incredible place to visit. Calling it a museum doesn’t do it justice as it was truly an interactive educational experience. I began with 4D movie that had special effects. Then each exhibit had some type of film, music, or something to swipe to give you a choice over what you wanted to see and learn. It started with basic Judaism but then the exhibits explored the Jewish experience in Russia throughout the decades. They even had a room set up as an apartment in the 1960s. Of course lots on pogroms and WWII but some positive stuff too. I thought we’d spend maybe an hour there. We spent over two and didn’t get bored or even see everything. The museum is state of the art, engaging, and educational. It was a wonderful visit. Thank you!
  • This was a really superb museum. Very different from some of the other Jewish museums I have been to. Interactive, modern, a great multimedia display to start with. Fascinating and very moving history and contextualising Jewish life in the wider Russian historical context. Very educational and respectful to both Jews and non-Jews.

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