Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

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Russian Jews' history, from the 18th century to the present, is the focus of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. It also intends to provide a favorable setting for a more extensive interaction amongst various Russian nationalities and minorities.

RAA (Ralph Appelbaum Associates) was asked to plan and construct Russia's first completely interactive museum of history, which would be housed in a sizable modernist, avant-garde old transportation depot. They came up with a novel interpretive framework in collaboration with an international academic council. 

Before getting to the tale of Jewish immigration to Russia, it begins with ancient Judaism. It begins with a description of Jewish shtetl life in the present and moves on to cover the major historical moments in Russia, including the Great Patriotic War, the Civil War, the Revolution, and Perestroika.

In a setting that preserves scholarly respectability and seriousness, but whose tone is one of lively yet respectful participation, they used artifacts, large-screen interactive technology, environmentally scaled film elements, and theatrical design.

A 4-D animated movie recounts biblical history from the world's creation to the fall of the Second Temple and highlights the commonalities among the three monotheistic religions.

A 120-meter timeline of Russian Jewish history connects eight studios and theatrical settings that tell the story of Russian Jewry using a variety of techniques, including large-scale immersive films, oral history theaters, and cutting-edge interactive experiences. Other artifacts include political broadsides, a T-34 tank from the Great Patriotic War, and full-scale aircraft.

A program of probing questions and visitor polling is followed by short films that illustrate contemporary tales of intolerance in Russia in the museum's Tolerance Center. The center welcomes school groups, tourists from Russia's diverse ethnic groups, and followers of various religions to investigate challenging topics in an atmosphere that fosters constructive social involvement. A Research Center, a Children's Center, and a gallery for Temporary Exhibitions are also present.

Avant-Garde Centre

The Russian Avant-Garde, one of the most influential and cutting-edge art movements of the early Soviet era, is the subject of research, cultural events, educational initiatives, and exhibitions at the Avant-Garde Centre. The Encyclopaedia of the Russian Avant-Garde publication initiative assisted in the development of the center, which also houses the Avant-Garde Library.

Schneerson Library

The Schneerson Library is a collection of antiquated Jewish books and manuscripts amassed during the pre-revolutionary era by several generations of Lubavitch rabbis. The Schneerson Library was ultimately relocated to the Jewish Museum in 2013 after being nationalized by the Soviets in the 1920s and dispersed throughout the Soviet State Library and Russian State Library for over a century. To visit the Schneerson Library, visitors can get a free library card. Regular exhibitions are also held at the library.

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Address of Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

Obraztsova St., 11, build. 1A, Moscow 127018 Russia

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