Moscow’s new Jewish museum wins top museum award

(JTA) — Moscow’s newly-opened Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center has received the “Museum of the Year” award from the Russia edition of the prestigious The Art Newspaper.

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The award was presented to the museum’s chairman, Boruch Gorin, last week at a ceremony in the Russian capital. 

The monthly’s Russian edition, which is the most recent addition to a prestigious international network of newspapers founded in Turin in 1983, selected the Jewish museum as the winner of its main category. Other categories included “Exhibition of the Year,” “Book of the Year,” “Restoration of the Year” and “personal contribution.” 

The Jewish museum was opened in November at an investment of roughly $50 million, according to a report by Russia’s Jewish News Agency. The structure housing the museum’s 5,000 square yards of floorspace was co-designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the firm that also designed the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It offers 3d cinemas, interactive maps and touch screens.

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