Ben Gurions Desert House



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Paula and David Ben Gurion's desert home in Kibbutz Sde Boker remains exactly as it was when he passed away in 1973, just as David had instructed in his will. Visitors to the house get to know the first Prime Minister of Israel through his house; the man who was a leader, visionary and truly lived what he preached. David and Paula Ben Gurion moved in to their desert home in 1953 and lived there for twenty years. The structure and furniture of the house exude modesty, simplicity and frugality. Gifts that David Ben Gurion received from individuals and organizations decorate the house, including gifts from colleagues and other famous figures in Israeli history. A library of 5,000 books sits in the center of the house and reflects David Ben Gurion's various fields of interest. It was in this room that Ben Gurion penned many of the books and articles dealing with his official activities. It was here that he wrote his memoirs. The garden landscape of the house has been expanded and is carefully maintained, decorated by maxims from Ben Gurion's philosophy and blown up photographs from the early years of the Kibbutz.


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Open Hours: Sun-Thu 8:30-16:00, Fri & Holiday Eves 8:30-14:00, Sat & Holidays 10:00-16:00

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