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2012 | Moscow (RU)Russian Museum of Jewish History & Tolerance Center

On November 8, 2012 Israeli President Shimon Peres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov officially opened the Russian Museum of Jewish History and Tolerance Center in Moscow, which is the world‘s largest Jewish museum.

According to head of the public relations department of the Russian Federation of Jewish Communities Borukh Gorin, the museum is the first large-scale museum of that kind in Russia. “It is an absolutely new idea of an interactive museum,“ he said. The museum is designed to bring together different cultural traditions through the prism of Jewish culture, to develop ideas of tolerance and harmony. „The goal of this museum is to offer a creative and interactive platform for inter-cultural dialogue,“ the museum‘s press office noted.

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center occupy an area spanning over 8,500 m2 – including a library, museum shop, research center, conference halls, children‘s center, and kosher café – will house both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Along with traditional methods and tools, the museum includes the most advanced computer and audiovisual technologies.

Kraftwerk Living Technologies was responsible for the detailed planning and implementation of the entire audiovisual technology including a number of interactive exhibits. Starting point of the exhibition is the “Beginning Theater” featuring a 3D film about the origins of Jewish faith and belief. The film is presented on a 360 degree screen and includes special effects like moving seats, wind, fog, mist, and strobes. Another highlight is a panoramic film themed on the Holocaust/Great Patriotic War. Directly in front of the screens is a landscape of “Russian soil” with large objects sequentially illuminated in concert with audio narration and lighting effects.

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