Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
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Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
This is one of the most-recommended museums in Moscow. It opened in 2012 and is the most technologically advanced and modern museum I have ever been to. There is a 4D movie about the creation story and every exhibition feels somewhat like a theme park attraction. This museum stands in stark with the classic Russian house-museum where dusty things are labeled and no context for objects is given. The actual “museum” objects on display in a glass case include a megillah, tefillot, and a tallit, and a siddur. This is a museum intended to tell of life for ethnic Jews in Russia, not necessarily religious ones, and religion is pretty much left out. The entire museum is set up to show you what life has been like in Russia for Jews. There is a mini synagogue (with a projected Torah that you can scroll through using the electronic Torah pointer), a mini village (on Friday evening), a whole set of famous Russian Jews sitting (holographically) at tables wanting to have conversations, a Shoah section (and tiny memorial area as well with actual, non electronic, candles), Soviet Jewish life, contributions of Russian Jewish thought to the world, and far more exhibits than I can remember. The ubiquitous Shokolodnitsa coffeeshop has a (kosher) location in the lobby, and a small shop of Judaica ncluding a limited, but quality, selection of Jewish fiction translated into Russian.
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