Updated: Oct 2, 2022
ANU ("We") - The Museum of the Jewish People tells the Jewish people's story from its inception to the present day. The museum is located on the grounds of Tel Aviv University.
The permanent display, spread over three floors, divides the Jewish people's story into three parts: The first floor deals with the foundations of the Jewish people - the covenant, the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath, the Bible, and the synagogue. The second floor examines how the Jewish people developed and dispersed throughout the world. Finally, the third floor presents a spectacular mosaic of modern Jewish culture in various shades and spheres of influence.
The display methods are diverse and accessible to children and adults, Israelis and tourists, Jews and non-Jews. The museum manages to gather great stories, such as "The influence of the Bible on world culture" or "The development of the Jewish people from its founding to the present day" to charming and short animated videos, which tell the big story. The exhibits illustrate the various themes - briefly presenting the story of exemplary communities or several key figures in Jewish history. Those who want to delve deeper will find detailed information on the display screens: about the history of every Jewish community in the world; The story of Jewish personalities from all walks of life; Or look for where in the Bible a first name or place name first appears in Israel and around the world.
The story of the Jewish people is not uniform. However, the museum manages to deal with this cultural diversity impressively while expressing various aspects of Jewish culture or the influence of the Jews on the culture in their countries.
The displays are interactive and provide a learning and enjoyment experience for adults and children. A unique bracelet can be purchased at the entrance. After a straightforward definition, it allows you to mark topics that interest you at exhibitions and send the information directly to your phone. Kids love it especially.
The museum also runs a unique app that lists all the exhibits in the museum (equipped with headphones in advance). In addition, on the map you will receive at the entrance to the museum, there are recommendations for the most important exhibits.
In addition to the permanent displays, there are also temporary displays. For example, the fascinating exhibition "Heroes - the pioneers of the Jewish people" is intended for ages 6 to 12 and provided a delightful interactive experience during our visit. To ensure the children's enjoyment, the museum makes sure to bring a small number of visitors to the exhibition at any given time, so tickets must be booked for a specific time. You can stay at the display for about an hour and a half.
Currently, the museum also put on a fantastic temporary exhibition on Jewish humor.
My ten-year-old daughter and I spent over 4 hours in the museum (including a coffee break), and if they hadn't closed on us, we could have continued.
👉 Park in the museum parking lot next to Gate 2 of Tel Aviv University.
👉 several bus lines come here - 15 Klausner St.
👉 The café close at 18:00
👉 Open Sunday-Wednesday from 10:00 to 19:00; Thursday from 10:00 to 22:00; Friday from 9:00 to 14:00; Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00.
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