Beth Hatefutsoth

The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora
“A story thousands of year’s old – forever new” (Abba Kovner).

Beth Hatefutsoth or Diaspora Museum tells us the story of the Jewish People in the Diaspora, beginning with the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and chronicling such major events as the exile to Babylon and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. Also covered is the world of Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.

There are different kinds of exhibitions in the museum and one is the Permanent Exhibition, which starts with an enlarged replica of a relief from the Arch of Titus in Rome drawing the victorious procession of Roman soldiers bearing the large branched candleholder (menorah) from the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE.

This exhibition is divided into six thematic units, with the intention to transmit a thorough understanding of the life of Diaspora Jewry through the ages. With the tour we will pass: The Gate of the Family; The Gate of the Community; The Gate of Faith; The Gate of Culture; Among the Nations and The Return to Zion.

On top of that, we pass the Memorial Column, which hangs from the ceiling in the central area of the building and commemorates the Jewish suffering throughout the history. The Memorial Column symbolizes the theme of Jewish survival and continuing life in midst of persecution and death.

The renovated Chronosphere, is a dome-shaped auditorium whose wall serves as a giant screen for the innovative multi-media presentation of the history and migration of the Jewish people throughout history, in English, Hebrew, German, Spanish and Russian.

One of the highlights in the museum is the exhibition of a replica collection of miniature synagogues throughout the world, both those destroyed and those still functioning. Another is the Database of Jewish Family Names – a unique digitized collection of about 20,000 entries with explanations about the origin and meaning of Jewish family names from all over the world (texts in English only). The database can be searched while visiting the Museum for an additional fee.

Visiting Information:

Tel Aviv
P.O.B. 39359 Tel Aviv 61392
Visiting Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m
closed on Saturdays
Service: The Museum is wheelchair accessible