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Haifa Museums

There is nothing quite like exploring a city through its museums and there is nothing quite as special as the museums in Haifa! The intriguing variety of museums makes sure that everyone is catered to. If you're looking for a day indoors then you're simply spoilt for choice in Haifa for interesting museums. The museum of Japanese Art, the only one that exits in the world outside of Japan; the railway museum that offers an overview of the railways in Israel; the highly enjoyable and child-friendly national museum of science, technology and space and Beit Hagefen, the Arab- Jewish Center are just some examples of the fine choices of museums in Haifa. Make sure to dedicate a day to explore these wonderful places!


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The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art sits perched on the Carmel Mountain just minutes away from the centrally-located hotels. The museum was established in 1959 by Felix Tikotin and the then-mayor Aba Hushi and is a branch of the Haifa Museum. The museum is totally dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Japanese art relics and is the only one in the world that exhibits Japanese art and culture outside of Japan. Almost all kinds of Japanese art and crafts are displayed and there is also a library of approximately three-thousand books. There are between ten and twelve exhibitions on show at one time which change each season. Sliding doors, partitions made of wood and paper and other such Japanese features enhance the displays of Japanese scrolls, screens, pottery, porcelain, lacquer, metalwork, paintings and fresh-flower arrangements.




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The Janco Dada Museum opened in 1983 in the Ein Hod Artists' Village, displaying the works of Marcel Janco and continuing his vision for promoting art. Janco was one o the founders of the international Dada movement and he helped establish Ein Hod in 1953. The Museum was erected by a group of Janco's friends. The Museum has five display spaces; a permanent display devoted to seventy years of Marcel Janco's art, an Entrance Gallery for the work of young artists and special projects, the Lower Gallery for exhibitions of contemporary art, the Pit which is a space beneath the Museum floor for video art and the DadaLab which is an activity center where visitors can try out artistic techniques use by Dadaists such as collage, assemblage, ready-made sculpture, performance art and more.



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The National Maritime Museum is the third branch of the Haifa Museum and covers 5,000 years of seafaring history in the Mediterranean and Red Sea in it's four-storey building located near the entrance of Haifa.
The Museum was founded by Arie Ben Eli and his private collection is also part of the Museum. There is great emphasis at the Museum on the Mediterranean Sea, it's ports and islands and Israel's beaches and ports. Seafaring and shipping in modern-day Israel are also explored. There are paintings exhibited in the Museum that portray the connection between people and the sea, with special emphasis on the connection between Israel, the Jewish people and the sea.
 




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Israel's National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, also known as Madatech, was established in 1983 and is housed in beautiful, historic landmark buildings in the center of a seven-acre green campus in mid-town Haifa. This complex was originally home to Israel's Institute of Technology (the Technion) which was the first academic institution in Israel.
Madatech features over twenty exhibits, over six-hundred hands-on exhibits and seven, multi-sense 3D movies. The Museum promises an unforgettable experience for visitors as they look, feel and explore their way through.
There are seven educational centers on the campus in which three-hundred educational sessions are delivered each year. Three mobile labs travel throughout Israel, bringing the fun to those who can't reach the Museum.
The Madatech is a place of exploration, discovery and learning through play and fun and makes for an enjoyable and educational family day out.
 




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Beit Hagefen is an Arab-Jewish Center, established in 1963 by then mayor Abba Khoushi. The Center offers guided tours that are centered around the theme of coexistence, with at least six tours to choose from, each one exploring a different part of Haifa. Community communities are also offered at Beit Hagefen and it is also home to an art gallery and an Arab language theater. The Center holds two yearly festivals; the Holiday of Holidays in December and the Arab Theater Month in May and June. Meetings between Jewish and Arab students are held here, as are workshops for community communication. On the Holiday of Holidays, an Arabic neighborhood called Wadi Nisnas hosts the festival, with the neighborhood becoming an outdoor gallery that features one hundred works of art by both Arab and Jewish artists from across Israel. There is a highly-recommended guided tour available which takes about an hour and a half. Group tours offered by the Center are available in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic and all must be booked in advance. There are also tours for individuals of Wadi Nisnas on Saturdays at 12:00.




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The Railway Museum is located in the old Turkish-era railway station of Haifa Mizrah. It offers a historical overview of railways in Israel and the part they played in the development of the country. The Museum is set against a panoramic view of the city of Haifa and Mount Carmel. The main exhibits building was once the shed that was home to the Hedjaz Railway that transported Muslims who were making their way to the Haj pilgrimage. Nowadays, the building houses locomotives, coaches, wagons and displays, including the last authentic steam locomotive in Israel. There is also a small exhibits building that displays historical equipment, work tools, photographs, tickets, stamps, a small model railway layout and more. The Railway Museum is suitable for all ages and a visit that includes a train ride to or from the Museum can make the experience truly perfect. Tip: Trains do not stop at the East Haifa Railway Station where the Museum is located but by prior arrangement with the museum manager, groups of at least twenty-five people who are visiting the Museum may arrange for an intercity train to stop there.




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The Mane Katz Museum is the former house and studio of the Expressionist painter Emmanuel Katz who lived from 1894 to 1962. Katz lived and worked in the whitewashed house for the last four years of his life. In the 1920s Katz lived in Paris and exhibited his works with a group of Jewish artists from the Ecole de Paris. A similarity between Katz's works and those of fellow members Marc Chagall and Chaim Soutine is the recurring theme of village life of Jews in Eastern Europe. The museum contains Katz's paintings, drawings and sculptures as well as his collection of rugs, seventeenth-century antiques from Spain and Germany and Judaica items.



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The Hermann Struck Museum will be opening some time in 2012. Hermann Struck was one of the most important print artists of Germany and Israel in the first half of the twentieth century. He lived between 1876 and 1944 and in the forty plus years of his career he created innumerable works on paper- portraits and landscapes. His famous portraits include great scientists and thinkers of the time such as Herzl. Struck was also well-known for his Zionist activities, both in Israel and on a global scale. He was a regular participant in the annual Zionist Congress. He became well-known as a teacher of graphic art, teaching already while still in Germany. Max Lieberman, Lovis Corinth, Marc Chagall, Jacob Steindhart and Joseph Budko were all among his students. In 1922, Struck moved from Berlin to Haifa and his settling there was a huge cultural event for the art world in Israel. He contributed greatly to the artistic community of northern Israel, especially Haifa. Struck lived in a three-storey house at 23 Arlozorov Street and it was there that he recreated his Berlin studio and taught his students various print techniques, including the likes of Anna Ticho, Zvi Goldstein-Gali, Arie Erich Glass, Yosef Ehrlich and Meir Ben-Uri. Struck's home looks out over the Haifa Bay and Emek Zebulun and is currently undergoing refurbishment and repairs to preserve its original character. It will serve as a museum that aims to illuminate all aspects of Struck's life; artistic, cultural and social. His furniture, personal belongings and books will be integrated together with his art pieces. On the upper floor will be a creativity center for children and youth and workshops that offer a variety of artistic activities. There will be changing exhibitions of Struck's works, the history of art and the art of print which he developed. There will also be a new building erected next to Struck's home which will serve as an educational and community center that will deal with art education in general and that of print in particular.




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The Shtekelis Prehistoric Museum allows visitors to follow the development of prehistoric mankind in chronological order. The museum explores the lives of the earliest primitive men and women. There are also archaeological items in the museum that served prehistoric man that were uncovered in the caves of the Carmel. The museum opened in 1962 and is situated in the Biological Institute building at the Haifa Educational Zoo. There are changing exhibitions on show as well as permanent exhibitions that present the various aspects of prehistoric times. The museum is named after the archaeologist Moshe Shtekelis who excavated extensively in the nearby ancient caves of Oren and Sefunim Streams.

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