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50,000 sq ft Museum of Jewish History opens in Moscow after transformation from bus garage

The largest museum in Europe dedicated to Jewish history has been opened in Moscow. This immense adaptive reuse project sees a 1926 bus garage originally designed by Konstantin Melnikov and Vladimir Shukhov transformed by German architects fir Graft Lab into an interactive learning experience. The interior exhibition space was designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

On visiting the new museum, Israeli President Shimon Peres said: “This museum is an eloquent declaration of the principles of tolerance toward people and their freedom. Here we can see man part with the past and move into the future with hope.”

Throughout the 50,000 sq ft facility are a range of interactive learning experiences and lessons in tolerance. Covering the past 175 years of Jewish history, the Museum educates through interactive technology such as touchscreens, listening experiences and a 4D cinema system. There are also 13 hours of videotaped personal testimony on offer to visitors to bring the experience to life.

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