Since a sizable % of travellers to Russia – at least those who entrust themselves to my care – are of Jewish descent I’m sharing the news with you about the recently opened “Museum of Jewish Culture and Tolerance”.
Ulitsa Obraztsova 11, building 1A
+ 7 495 645 0550
Open Sunday to Thur. 12 to 10pm, and Fridays 12 to 3pm. The closest metro station are Prospekt Mira, Rizhskaya, and Savelovskaya. Still a longish walk.
Some of the museum’s sections: Jewish history in general, East European Shtetl, Jews in the Russian revolution, Jewish culture during the Soviet period, Holocaust, 1980s emigration wave.
Next door to the cultural center, synagogue, and two ultra-expensive Kosher restaurants at Vtoroy Vysheslavtsev Pereulok 5a and to the Kosher store at Trifonovskaya that may now be closing..
PS. Inspected Jan. 7 2013. Fully trilingual: Russian, English, and Hebrew. Good balance between information density and usability. Even I, a card-carrying techno-peasant, was not overwhelmed but the multimedia nature of the museum. The entry fee is 400 roubles but I was for some reason charged the “invalid” rate of 200, possibly thanks to a slight hangover, or my new froggy hat that, in solemn Russian culture, servers as a certificate of mild-to-medium insanity. Since I was presented this thing on my 4Xth birthday the security people at airports stopped checking the content of my pockets, and bureaucrats became more patient than ever before. Traffic cops too have stopped stopping me. Silliness as a a refuge may deserve a special short essay, possibly under the Survival category.
PPS. I would also remark on Museum’s suitability for children. The format is child-friendly except perhaps the abundance of images of dead bodies. Lots of space. Chairs. Cafe. Numerous workshops for children. The exposition is also easy for someone with failing eyesight. A proper Jewish place in the good sense of the word.