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Long-Dead Wild Animals Get New Life on View at Tel Aviv Nature Museum

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We love the new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, which is now open after about 20 years in the making!

With five floors of exhibits displaying 3,000 items, including the country’s last bear, a massive specimen that died in 1916; a sleek Asian cheetah who survived until 1911; and the final crocodile, a broad-backed reptile that came from Nahal Taninim, or Crocodile Stream, near the Carmel Coastal Plain, this is the quintessential natural history museum. . .

It’s designed to be a kids’ paradise, said Alon Sapan, the museum director.

And it is. Everything here is beautiful and attention-grabbing, from the state-of-the-art dioramas and painstakingly mounted exhibits of insects to the carefully recreated scenes from nature, explaining the microcosm of an acacia tree or how a cheetah walks.

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