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Beth Hatefutsoth


Basic Information

Location Tel Aviv University Campus, Klausner Street, Tel Aviv
Phone number 03-7457808
Country Israel
City Tel Aviv-Yafo

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment yes
Handicap accessibility yes
Geographical Coordinates 32.06616,34.77782


Beth Hatefutsoth or Diaspora Museum (Hebrew: בית התפוצות, "The Diaspora House") — the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, is located on the campus of Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel. Its president is Natan Sharansky.


The museum opened in May 1978. At the time, it was considered as one of the most innovative museums in the world. The idea to establish Beth Hatefutsoth was proposed by Nahum Goldmann, founder and President of the World Jewish Congress, who sought to create a monument to the Jewish diaspora, 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.

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Time period

20th century