The Independence Hall Museum is where the members of the National Council, who were members of the Jewish settlements and the Zionist movement, gathered on the momentous Friday 5th of Iyar 5708, 14th of May, 1948 to sign the Scroll of Independence. On this day, David Ben Gurion, the Chairman of the Zionist Movement, proclaimed the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel and the Jewish people saw the miraculous return to their homeland after a long exile of two millennia.
The Museum was actually originally the house of Meir and Zina Dizengoff, who acquired the plot of land on which they built the house in a lottery in 1909. The lottery was for plots of land in the new Jewish neighborhood of Ahuzat Bayit, that was later re-named Tel aviv. Meir Dizengoff later became the first mayor of Tel Aviv. After his wife died in 1930, Meir Dizengoff donated his house to Tel Aviv who opened the Tel Aviv Museum of Art there in 1932. In 1948, the declaration of the State of Israel took place in the museum's hall. The Museum of Art changed location in 1971 and the renovated Independence Hall opened to the public in 1978.
Today, the Dizengoff House serves as a Biblical Museum and a section of the house serves as a Museum of Zionism. The Independence Hall is preserved as it was on that historical day that the State of Israel was declared. Most of the exhibits in the hall are original, some have been reconstructed in an attempt to take visitors back in time to that incredible event. The names of those present at the ceremony are displayed, and the portrait of Herzl, along with the two long Israeli flags that hung on the wall, still do so today. Visitors can also hear an original recording of the ceremony and see a sixteen-minute film describing the events of the period and the history of the place.