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Tel Aviv Museums

Tel aviv Museums

It is no secret that Tel Aviv is regarded as the cultural centre of Israel and for the Museum-lovers amongst us, it should be known that there are an incredible twenty-three museums (as of now) in this creative, bubbling metropolis and one can practically find a museum on any matter of interest.
 Some of the highly-recommended ones include the Eretz Yisrael Museum which is a huge multi-disciplinary museum that holds both permanent and changing exhibitions on subjects such as Israeli history and culture; the Hagana Museum which is situated in one of the first buildings that were built in Tel Aviv and takes the visitor on an historical adventure of the Israeli military from before the establishment of the State until present day; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a must for any art enthusiast, displaying different kinds of art from different centuries and countries; the Ilana Goor Museum is dedicated to the work of the Israeli artist Ilana Goor as well as other artists and is located in an eighteenth-century building in Old jaffa.
 


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The Eretz Israel Museum is multidisciplinary museum in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood of Tel aviv. The Museum opened in 1953 and is made up of numerous pavilions that surround an excavation site that is still being worked on in the heart of the museum grounds. Each pavilion is dedicated to a different subject and come together to provide an extensive study of the history and culture of the land of Israel.
There are permanent and temporary exhibitions in fields such as archaeology, Judaica, cultural history, traditional crafts and local identity. There are also reconstructed instillations that work such as wine presses, oil presses and a flour mill, allowing visitors to experience times gone by in the land. There is also a state-of-the-art planetarium on site with twice-daily shows. The Eretz Israel Museum shop has unique Israeli-made products for sale.
 




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The Tel aviv Museum of Art was established in 1932, before the establishment of the State of Israel, in the building that was the home of Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv's first mayor and in 1971 moved to it's current location on King Saul Avenue. The Museum is home to an extensive collection of both classical and contemporary art, with a clear emphasis on Israeli art, a sculpture garden and youth wing.
The Museum is situated in the cultural centre of the city- the Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center, where it sits alongside the Israeli Opera and Musical Theatre. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a hub of activity for the local arts scene and aside from it's collections, presents music, dance and film performances, as well as lectures on philosophy and art. There is also a fully-computerized art library on site that serves thousands of students, scholars and curators every year. The Museum is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive reference centre in the Middle East.
The Museum's permanent collection displays some of the leading artists from the first half of the twentieth century, as well as many of the major movements of modern art; Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism, to name just a few. French art, such as Impressionists and the School of Paris, alongside key works of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro's Surrealist creations are all displayed in the Museum.
The temporary exhibitions of individual artist's work and group shows around a common theme are a huge attraction at the Museum, offering a glimpse into the dynamic and vibrant Israeli world of art.
The Museum is also home to a small cinema- the Tel Aviv Museum Cinema- that screens foreign films which are usually highly-praised by the critics. Be sure to check that the film has English subtitles.
The Museum offers guided tours in English every Wednesday at 11:30.
 




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The Ilana Goor Museum is located in a building in the city of Jaffa that, 250 years ago, served as a hostel for Jewish pilgrims who were on their way to Jerusalem. The world-renowned artist, Ilana Goor, took it upon herself to restore this magnificent building to it's former beauty, preserving the beauty of the architecture of the building's era and simultaneously injecting the place with the vibrancy of the modern art that has gained her world-wide fame.
Ilana Goor was born in Tiberias, Israel to a family of doctors, many of whom were artists. She never studied art formally, developing her style along with her technique and resulting in powerful, emotion-filled works. Ilana has statues that are displayed in public places all around Israel as well as in private collections. She has presented exhibitions world-wide, currently has her work displayed in sixteen designer showrooms in the United States and sells her jewelry, clothing and furniture collections all over the world.
The museum presents a wide selection of Ilana's works as well as those of other Israeli and international  artists. The museum is the embodiment of everything that Ilana believes in- the fusion of old with new, the combination of rural and industrial, the mixing of organic an geometrical; all effortlessly and in perfect unification.
The Ilana Goor Museum has an usually homey feeling about it and when one learns that the Museum is, in fact, part of Ilana Goor's house, this comes as no surprise. The stunning art pieces; sculptures, jewelry, furniture, paintings and more, are thoughtfully placed around the magnificent building and the incredible view of the sea, visible through every window, simply adds to the invigorating breath of fresh-air that is the Ilana Goor Museum.
There is a rooftop café on the premises with a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a gift shop.
 




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The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora is an incredible showcase of the Jewish experience from the Destruction of the First Temple, over two millennia ago, up until the present day. The museum relays the information in an interactive, audio-visual way making it a perfect family day out.
The museum uses six themes to explore the Jewish experience; family, community, faith, culture, the Jewish people among the nations and the return to the land of Israel. Artifacts have no place in this museum; rather, models, dioramas, films and presentations are the means used to tell the Jewish story of the exile.
attractions that deserve a special mention are the Fehrer Jewish Music Centre, where one can listen to Jewish music in all it's variations from all over the world, the Douglas E Goldman Jewish Genealogy Centre where one can register one's family tree to be preserved for future generations and the Visual Documentation Centre, that holds the largest photo-documentation of Jewish life in the world.
One may tour independently, join a seminar or even ask for one's family genealogy to be researched. One may as well take advantage of being on the Tel aviv University grounds and take a stroll around campus too. It is possible pick up something light to eat at the café in the student centre.
 




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On November 4, 1995, Heshvan 12 5756 according to the Jewish calendar, Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in Israel attended a peace rally under the title of "Yes to Peace, No to Violence". On that fateful night, an Israeli Jew shockingly killed Rabin with three bullets as he left the rally. The murder shook the young State of Israel and exposed in an instant societal conflicts that had been rumbling below the surface for decades.
Two years after that painful night, the Yitzhak Rabin Center was established in an attempt to commemorate Yitzhak Rabin and his great contributions to Israeli society, educate towards democratic values, to encourage involvement and taking of responsibility by all sectors of society. The Center is based on the 1997 Law for the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day and has two main educational purposes; to teach about Rabin and his legacy and to illustrate the importance of democracy in Israel and the threats it faces in today's day and age.
The Yitzhak Rabin Center is located in Tel aviv, on the foundations of a top secret power station and was designed by famous Israeli architect, Moshe Safdie. The Center has a magnificent view of HaYarkon Park and Tel Aviv and is close to the Eretz Yisrael Museum, the Palmach Museum, Tel Aviv University and Bet HaTfusot.
There is a permanent exhibition at the Center, called the Israeli museum, that details the history of society and democracy in Israel, with the life of Yitzhak Rabin connecting between various sections. The Rabin Residence Library and Yitzhak Rabin Archives are also on site and personal papers of Yitzhak Rabin, the campaign against Rabin and Israel and the world's reaction following the assassination can be found there in the form of photographs, videos, posters, documents and interviews.
The Yitzhak Rabin Center is must for any visitor wanting to truly connect to a black day in Israel and the Jewish people's history. This Center eternalizes Rabin's legacy, commits to creating discourse between different sectors in the multi-cultural Israeli society and advances the unification of the Jewish people. It is a beacon of light in the complicated tapestry that is the modern State of Israel.
 




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The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that relays the incredible story of the elite striking force of the Hagana-the underground military organization of the Jewish community in Palestine, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Visitors to the museum join a group of new Palmach recruits from the establishment of the Palmach through to the end of the War of Independence. The presentation is highly innovative with three-dimensional décor, films and special effects bringing to life the documentary material.
The Palmach museum was in construction for almost a decade and the wait was well worth it. The Director of the Museum, Ilan Lev, explains that the Museum's goal was to enable the public to truly sense the period in which the Palmach operated and this gem of a museum does just that with it's exciting multi-media experience.
Visitors are arranged into groups, keeping in with the character of the presentation and symbolizing the Palmach team spirit. Individual visitors are pre-arranged into groups. The exhibit is built in a chronological fashion and advances through a series of underground chambers, starting and finishing in a memorial hall for the Palamach members who died while fighting for the establishment of the State.
Visits to the museum must be pre-arranged. The ninety-minute tour is carried out in groups of up to twenty-five people and children must be over the age of six to participate. The presentation is in Hebrew and English, Russian, French and Spanish speakers will receive head-phones that provide a translation.
 




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The Israel Army Museum presents the history of the Israeli Army, the IDF, from it's formation in 1948 until the present day. The IDF (short for the Israel Defense Force) was formed from the merging of the pre-state Hagana, Lehi and Irgun military forces and today the IDF is regarded as one of the top military forces in the world (ranking number ten in the 2011 World Military Strength Ranking).
The Israel Army Museum is a must for IDF and/or military fans, with it's displays of weapons caches, weapons, tanks, armored vehicles, uniforms, photographs, gifts from the chiefs of staff, etc. The vehicle used by Motta Gur when the Old City was captured in 1967 also rests in this Museum, as does David Ben-Gurion's car from when he was Minister of Defense. It is easy to amble around this fascinating museum, taking in the colorful history of the IDF in the mainly outdoor pavilions.
 




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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.
 




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Ben-Gurion House is located in the centre of Tel aviv. Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and his house is situated in what was the first workers' neighbourhood. The Ben-Gurion family lived in this house from when it was built in 1930-1931 until they moved to a hut on Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev. After this, the family alternated between the Tel Aviv and Negev residences. Ben-Gurion bequeathed his house to the State in his will and three years after he died the Ben-Gurion Law was legislated in which is described how the house will serve as a museum and commemoration of Ben-Gurion and his contribution to Israeli society.
The Ben-Gurion House has two floors. The first floor features Ben-Gurion's daughter Renana's room. The room also served as a shelter and bedroom for Ben-Gurion during the Suez Crisis. In fact, Ben-Gurion communicated with Moshe Dayan, the Chief of Staff at the time, from this very room.
The second floor houses a magnificent four-room library with 20,000 books that deal with diverse subjects such as Zionism, different cultures and religions, Hebrew Bible books, and Ben-Gurion's collection of periodicals. One of the libraries doubled up as Ben-Gurion's study room and included a special phone that was connected to the Defense Ministry's Office. There is also a toilet and bedroom on the second floor that were Ben-Gurion's.
On 29th November 1974,the house was opened to the wider public and ever since then visitors can go on pre-arranged tours, see a audio-visual program about Ben-Gurion and peruse the library.
 




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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.
 




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The Rokach House Museum is located in the picturesque Neve tzedek neighborhood and was one of the first houses built in Neve Tzedek. Shimon Rokach was an illustrious public servant and was behind the construction of Neve Tzedek, which was the first neighborhood built outside of Jaffa's walls and the starting point for the buzzing Tel aviv metropolis of today. Rokach was dedicated to improving the living conditions and welfare of the Jewish new immigrants.
The Rokach House was designed by an Austrian architect and was visited by people from all over the country on account of it's unusual dome. It was one of the first ten houses built in Neve Tzedek and today serves as a historic site and museum. Neve Tzedek has seen some very hard years before it became the hippy neighborhood it is today, and at one point in the eighties the Rokach House was even slated for demolition. Rokach's granddaughter, Lea Majaro-Mintz, an artist and pioneer of restoration projects in Tel Aviv, took legal action that resulted in the private restoration of her grand-father's house.
The Rokach House Museum today operates as a private museum, displaying Majaro-Mintz's works, as well as serving as a venue for unique cultural events, such as concerts and Hebrew lectures. Space is limited so  one should reserve places and keep in mind that credit cards aren't accepted.
Majaro-Mintz's most famous sculptures are those of the female figure, featured not as sexual or beautiful, but rather as tired creatures who have to juggle careers and child-rearing in the modern world. The exhibits of Majaro-Mintz are accompanied by Hebrew explanations.
As well as the sculptures, there is furniture, household goods, clothing and photographs from the early days of Tel Aviv, as well as a short film that is available in English on the history of the neighborhood.
 




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Ze'ev Jabotinsky was a Zionist leader and the founder of the Revisionist Movement and Betar. He was a writer, poet, publicist and translator who left behind a legacy as a visionary and inspirational leader who passionately fought for the establishment of the Jewish State and the return of the Jewish people.
The Jabotinsky Museum is located on the second floor of the Jabotinsky Institute and is dedicated to telling Jabotinsky's life story. Jabotinsky was the leader of the Etzel movement, which was the pre-State paramilitary force that fought against both the Arabs and British and there are also changing exhibitions on the lower floor of Museum that deal with different aspects of the movement's history.
 The exhibitions at the Museum are exciting with both audio and visual material, as well as items from the time period. The two current exhibitions on display are "Ze'ev Jabotinsky- A Historical Life Span" and "The National Sport- the Af-Al-Pi Illegal Immigration".
Extensive educational activities are available at the Jabotinsky Institute, such as video and DVD films on Etzel's history, afternoon activities on Zionism and Israel for new immigrants from FSU and Ethiopia and lectures and seminars that are open to the public.
Be sure to pop in to the Jabotinsky Institute when passing through Tel aviv to learn more about this captivating character, the Etzel movement and the time period that he lived in.
 




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"It contains some fine poetry, vivid storytelling, deep insights into the human condition and moral guidance which has stood the test of time." (Pears Cyclopedia). This quote speaks of none other than the most-printed book of all time; the Bible. Those interested in deepening their understanding of the book that has withstood the test of time, are invited to the one-of-a-kind Bible Museum in Tel aviv.
The Bible Museum is entirely devoted to the Bible and contains artwork based on it, translations into countless, often obscure languages, reproductions of, and studies of, the Bible. There are also games, quizzes and songs aimed at children, allowing children to experience the Bible in a way that perhaps isn't accessible to them outside of this wonderful building. The reference library in the museum contains commentaries on the Bible, books on Biblical criticism, history, geography, archaeology, and much, much more.
There is a permanent exhibition that displays a model of the Temple, costumes worn by the Priests, archaeological artifacts and other Biblical related items of interest. Another permanent exhibition, "The Bible in Art" displays paintings, sculptures and ceramics based on the Bible. Each year there is an exhibition by the name of "Israel's Artists paint the Bible", whereby some of the best painters and sculptors in Israel display their pieces of art. Additionally, there is an exhibition named "Israel's Children Paint the Bible".
There are monthly lectures at the Bible Museum, study groups meet there and some of the top scholars in the field come to discuss and interpret Bible passages.
The Bible Museum is located at the Dizengoff House in Tel Aviv, which is the famous site of the signing of the Israeli declaration of Independence in 1948. The Prime Minister at the time, David Ben-Gurion decided that the top two floors of the house should be dedicated to the Bible and so, in 1969, the Museum of the Bible was born.
David Ben-Gurion, in his wisdom, understood then the link between the Bible and the past, present and future of the Jewish people. It is worth a trip to this Bible Museum to see for yourself the book that, for over five millennia has preserved and safe-guarded the Jewish people.
 




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This brand-new Museum opened in 2009 in Bialik Square, in  what was the old Tel aviv Municipality building. The Museum relays the development of Tel Aviv from it's beginnings as a suburb of the port-city of Jaffa to the buzzing world-famous metropolis and cultural, commercial and fashion centre that it is today, through use of multimedia displays. Photographs, models, a film in English, as well as documents are some of the means used to tell the story of the city's founding and early history.
The Museum of the History of Tel Aviv includes the office of the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff which has been fully restored and treats visitors so a stunning view of  Bialik Square. Bialik Street, on which the Museum is situated, also has some fantastic examples of Bauhaus and Modernist buildings, the buildings responsible for the "White City" name given to Tel Aviv. The architecture of the Modernist-structure museum itself is highly interesting too.
It is worthwhile noting that the Bauhaus Museum, Bialik Museum and the Rubin Museum are all located on Bialik Street so a visit to these museums can make for a full day out in this part of Tel Aviv.
 




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For all those Israeli history buffs out there, the Hagana Museum in Tel aviv is a place that must not be missed. The Museum is located on 23 Rothschild Boulevard and is beside the home of Eliyahu Golomb who was one of the founders of the Hagana, the pre-State Jewish military force that later evolved into the Israel Defense Force-the army of the State of Israel- in 1948.
The Hagana was established in 1920 and operated under the auspices of the Worker's Union (known as Histadrut in Hebrew) for the next decade. After the Arab riots at the end of the twenties, the Hagana became the official, secret military wing of the Zionist Jewish Agency and the National Jewish Committee of Palestine.
The Hagana was commanded by six public figures that were selected from across the political spectrum. The Hagana viewed  their main goal as providing security for the Jewish citizens and their property against the prevalent Arab violence.
The Hagana museum presents the history of the Israeli military from the time of the farm-field watchmen at the end of the nineteenth century, the creation of the Hagana in 1920, the Hagana's defense against the Arab uprisings in the twenties and thirties through to the Hagana' fight against the British in the 1948 War of Independence.
The first floor of the Hagana Museum is actually a biographical display of Eliyahu Golomb's life. The upper floors presents documents, photographs, multimedia presentations and actual objects from the period that all bring to life the thrilling story of the Hagana. The third floor is dedicated to showing visitors how the members of the Hagana would hide arms in farm machinery and how they would manufacture grenades and guns in Kibbutz workshops. In fact, there's  a homemade grenade with the letters USA stamped on it so if the Hagana member was caught with it on him, the British wouldn't suspect that it had been made locally. The joke is that the letters USA are the first letters of three Yiddish words meaning "our piece of work"!
Although the majority of the explanatory captions in the four-storey museum are in Hebrew, there are English-speaking interpreters who are more than happy to help.
 


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