February 8, 2009

Cats at the Eretz Israel Museum

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 8:08 am by classicalmusic

Disappointing Cats
The much advertised exhibition on cats at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv was quite a disappointment when I finally was able to see it. Because it had been advertised on the radio and in the newspapers as an “interactive” exhibition about cats and the people connected with them, I was expecting something a bit more exciting.

I am not a “cat person”, therefore I must admit that I did learn something about the various kinds or species of cats. But I went with someone who is a great cat lover, has a large cat library and has owned cats all her life. She found nothing new or of great interest there. The exhibition is not large and as for the “interactive” part of it, it is almost non-existent.

The only really interesting section, to me, was the explanation of the Egyptian worship of cats and their goddess, Bast. I had not known this about the Eqyptians and found the cat burial graves and the cat mummies quite an eye opener. As for the rest of it, the cat cartoons, the videos of international cat shows, and art works about and with cats, were not particularly enlightening.

All told – a disappointing visit to this museum which is usually a lovely place to visit.

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