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.
The Jewish Diaspora Museum is one of the biggest museums in the world specialising
in the history of the Jewish People.
This Museum offers works of art, activities and other cultural endeavors, which tell
the story of Jewish communities from around the world and through out the years.
The museum offers information about the Jewish community form as early as 2,500
years ago; when the Jewish tribes were exiled form the land of Israel. The museum
offers a thorough and insightful experience, allowing visitors to understand the
development and metamorphoses of the Jewish people.