The museum represents the world's largest venue dedicated to the life, history, culture, and daily routines of the Jewish people, besides being one of Europe's leading state-of-the-art museums. Established in 2012, it quickly became a staple of Moscow's cultural life. The Center occupies the revamped former premises of the Bakhmetyev bus garage, a heritage site of the Soviet avant-garde architecture.
The museum comprises 12 themed halls. The first thing to catch the eye is a a pavilion with a 4D movie theater. The documentary narrates the Jewish history from ancient times through present days.
One of the key exhibits is a touchscreen map tracing the migration routes of the Jewish people and Jewish communities in various parts of the world. The Shtetl hall highlights the life of a Jewish town in pre-revolutionary Russia. Some expositions illustrate life in Odessa at the turn of the 20th century as well as the events of the 1917 revolution. A giant-sized diorama portrays the Jews participating in World War II and the terrors of the Holocaust.
The museum also features the Tolerance Center, an educational project and a discussion venue. The children's center is where you can safely leave your kids of four years of age or older while visiting.
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