Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum)

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For our initial free day in Tel Aviv, we decided to visit Beit Hatfutsot, on the campus of Tel Aviv University. Listed in the tour book as the Diaspora Museum, this institution has multiple floors of exhibits covering the 2,500 years of Jewish life outside Israel, beginning with the destruction of the first temple in 586 BCE.

Although called a museum, there aren't actually many original artifacts here. Although compelling and formative, most of the exhibits are surprisingly realistic reproductions - which started me noticing how much of this land was based on illusion and representation. The museum opened in 1978 and hasn't been updated since, giving it more of that distinctly 1970's feel that permeates a lot of Tel Aviv. I discussed this with one of the guides in the museum and he also expressed concern. However, he also agreed with me that although the style of the exhibits was dated, as a museum dedicated to a culture that strives for timelessness, the content of the museum exhibits was completely up-to-date.

Following our trip to the Diaspora Museum, we had lunch at Suzanna. After dropping mom off for her nap, I ventured north into the Carmel Market, a fascinating and expansive collection of open-air stalls selling pretty much everything.

Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Tel Aviv University
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Tel Aviv University
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Campus map
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Campus map
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Romans pilfering 2nd temple
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Romans pilfering 2nd temple
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Dead computer
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Dead computer
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Book of memory
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Book of memory
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Synagogue models
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Synagogue models
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Amsterdam synagogue
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Amsterdam synagogue
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Amsterdam synagogue
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Amsterdam synagogue
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Frank Lloyd Wright synagogue
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Frank Lloyd Wright synagogue
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Display
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Display
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Christianity and Judaism
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Christianity and Judaism
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - 1263 Barcelona dispute
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1263 Barcelona dispute
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - 1263 Barcelona dispute
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1263 Barcelona dispute
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Display
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Display
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - New Condos
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New Condos
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - New Condos
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New Condos
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Old Condos
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Old Condos
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Taxi ride
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Taxi ride
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Taxi
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Taxi
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Suzana
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Suzana
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Cat
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Cat
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Suzana menu
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Suzana menu
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Dinner
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Dinner
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Suzana
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Suzana
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Parade
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Parade
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Parade
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Parade
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Bike rental
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Bike rental
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Gas station
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Gas station
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Carmel Market
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Carmel Market
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Carmel Market
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Carmel Market
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Carmel Market
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Carmel Market
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Neveh Tzedek
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Neveh Tzedek
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Cats
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Cats
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Bike rental
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Bike rental
Beit Hatfutsot - Museum of the Jewish People (Diaspora Museum) - Bike rental
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Bike rental

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