Beit Hatfutsot

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The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv University
Beginning of the exposition, with a copy from the Roman triumphal arch

Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People (Hebrew: בית התפוצות, "The Diaspora House") — the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish People, is located on the campus of Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel. Its president is Irina Kogan Nevzlin.

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The museum opened in May 1978. At the time, it was considered as one of the most innovative museums in the world.[1] The idea to establish Beit Hatfutsot was proposed by Nahum Goldmann, founder and President of the World Jewish Congress, who sought to create a monument to worldwide Jewish communities, past and present.

Using audio-visual displays, the museum traces the history of communities of the Jewish diaspora through the ages and throughout the world, telling the story of the Jewish people from the time of their expulsion from the Land of Israel 2,600 years ago to the present. The layout of the Museum, based on the proposal of the poet Abba Kovner, is divided into six thematic parts. Exhibitions are arranged thematically, with a study area on each floor.

In 2011, the Israeli government approved a plan to expand and upgrade the museum using new technologies.[2]

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Coordinates: 32°06′49.72″N 34°48′18.94″E / 32.1138111°N 34.8052611°E / 32.1138111; 34.8052611