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Best Museums in Tel Aviv

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To truly experience a culture, you must dive into their museums to learn about their history; culture; art; and so much more. The best museums in Tel Aviv are just waiting for you to explore. During my private tours of Tel Aviv, I always include one of these best museums of Tel Aviv so that you may get a full picture of what it is like to be one with Israel.

You can’t visit all these museums in one day. You will need several days if you want to visit all these museums; so take this under account when planning your day. I would recommend trying and combine these museums that visiting them doesn’t last a long time. For example, the Palmach Museum or the independence hall. Actually, if you will plan your day properly you could even add into your schedule the Ayalon Institute Museum as well. 

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Founded in 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a must-see destination for art lovers. Moreover, this museum is a leading institution dedicated to preserving and displaying modern and contemporary art from Israel and worldwide. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art features a variety of permanent displays; including the incredible collection focused on the history of Israeli art and various temporary exhibits. The museum is committed to cultivating contemporary art and promotes openness and modernity. No matter when you visit, this museum will captivate your attention. In this museum, you will need at least one day so don’t plan another visit to some other museum. 

Palmach Museum

The state of Israel that we know today would not be possible without the brave men and women who fought for this land, some sacrificing their lives. The Palmach Museum is an experiential museum that will take visitors through the legacy of the Palmach. Guides that are I.D.F soldiers will take the visitors through engaging exhibits that demonstrate what it felt like to be a soldier of the Palmach. Moreover, there are no boring displays; but instead, stories brought to life by the guides. So anyone who visits this museum will enjoy the engaging atmosphere and receive a memorable experience. Here your visit will be quite short and lasts an hour and a half that passes quite fast. In short, the Palmach Museum is a fun experience especially if you have kids with you, touring Israel.

Independence Hall 

The people of Israel have faced many battles and challenges throughout time; somewhere they were defeated and somewhere they were victorious. However, one shining moment stands above the rest and continues to inspire the people of the land, their declaration of independence. On May 14th, 1948, the soon-to-be prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaimed Israel’s independence in front of the Tel Aviv Museum and the peoples’ joy. Now known as Independence Hall, this museum features carefully reconstructed exhibits that take visitors back in time to that critical moment in history. Here visitors can learn about the tumultuous history of the land of Israel and what was sacrificed to reach independence. The visit does not last more than an hour maximum. 

Blind Museum in Holon 

Adjacent to Tel Aviv, in its sister city of Holon, is the unique Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum is not only an excellent location to take the kids, but it features captivating exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. One of the primary exhibits in the Dialogue in the Dark; which is where the Children’s Museum gets its nickname as the “Blind Museum.” The tour of the Dialogue in the Dark takes place in complete darkness where blind tour guides lead visitors through the engaging museum.

The visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their senses while learning critical social lessons about disability awareness and tolerance. This famous exhibit has been featured around the world and is loved by many. While visiting the museum, there are a variety of other exhibits designed for various ages, including adults. The visit can last for around half a day if you plan to visit more than the exhibit Dialogue in the Dark.

Ayalon Institute Museum 

Located just outside of Tel Aviv, perched on Kibbutz Hill in Rehovot lies the Ayalon Institute Museum. Also known as Machon Ayalon, this fascinating museum was once a clandestine ammunition factory that produced over 2 million bullets right under the noses of the British forces. After World War II and before Israel declared its independence; a group of brave young men and women spent three years working in secret at the underground factory. When visiting the museum, you will take a hidden staircase under an ordinary laundromat where the ammunition factory was based 8 meters underground.

Here you will learn about how they were producing the bullets, the ingenious methods employed to keep it a secret; and the importance behind this monumental action. As one of the best museums in Tel Aviv, it is a must-see adventure the whole family will love! The visit here is short and very enjoyable. the tour lasts slightly over an hour. 

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Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

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