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Hi-Tech Upgrade for Diaspora Museum

The Cabinet approves a program to upgrade the popular Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv, which previously shut down because of lack of funds.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/4/2011, 1:40 PM

'Be Happy' - exhibition at Diaspora Museum
'Be Happy' - exhibition at Diaspora Museum
Diasora Museum

The Cabinet approved on Sunday a program to upgrade the popular Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv, which a few years ago shut down temporarily because of lack of money. After an infusion of funds, the number of visitors tripled since 2007.

The museum, known in Hebrew as Beit Hatfutsot, covers the cultural and religious backgrounds of the Jewish people throughout the world and the return to Zionism.

The upgrading will include technological means to develop the educational center and exhibitions. The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies will be expanded and upgraded, and its building will be renovated.

The museum “is of supreme importance vis-à-vis strengthening the historic awareness of the younger generation in Israel and the Diaspora by telling the fascinating story of the Jewish People, including its culture, art and contribution to humanity as a whole,” the government stated Sunday.

The Diaspora Museum is located on the Tel Aviv University and was opened in 1978, at the time considered one of the most innovative museums in the world.

The history of the Jewish people is depicted through audio-visual displays on each floor.