The Rubin Museum (known in Hebrew as Bet Reuven) is the house-turned museum of the painter Reuven Rubin, situated in the heart of Tel aviv.
Reuven Rubin was one of the very first Israeli artists who gained world-wide recognition. Rubin was born in 1893 in Romania and immigrated to Israel at the beginning of the twentieth century in order to study in the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
Rubin lived, together with his family, in this house on 14 Bialik Street from the year 1945 until he died in 1974 and bestowed the house to the city of Tel Aviv. Just under a decade after his death, the house was opened to the public as a museum.
The Museum displays a collection of Reuven Rubin's paintings that are occasionally replaced by guest exhibitions that focus on the early period of Israeli art. The Museum consists of four floors; at basement level there is a new children's workshop that opens up to the backyard, at street level the main gallery, entry hall and the Museum's shop, the second floor is home to an additional gallery as well as a library and reading room and the third floor is where Rubin's own studio is preserved as it was during his lifetime. The third floor also contains a biographical journey into Rubin's life story through photographs, documents and sketches.
The Rubin Museum makes for a quiet and charming visit into Reuven Rubin's life, works and legacy.