Ilana Goor Museum

art museums in tel aviv

The Ilana Goor Museum is an art museum located in Old Jaffa. In addition, the museum was founded in 1995 by the artist, designer, and sculptor Ilana Goor. Furthermore, the museum consists of Goor’s works alongside an art collection of over 500 works, by international artists alongside Israelis and all types of arts. The museum also serves as Goor’s private home which is open to visitors and thus provides a unique historical, artistic, and functional home experience. One of the purposes of the museum is to develop into an interdisciplinary artistic discourse and to bring the audience closer to Israeli-contemporary art.

The museum building was established as the first Jewish khan in 1742, by wealthy Jew, Jacob Zonana. Its original use of the building was as a guest house for pilgrims who came by sea and stopped there several days before continuing on their way to Jerusalem. The building has three floors. Its massive walls correspond to the characteristic architecture of the period, and to the function for which it was intended: beyond being a staging post for the immigrants; it also served as a refuge from bandits roaming outside the Old City walls. In the second half of the 19th century, the building served as a factory for the production of soaps and cosmetics based on olive oil, run by an established Muslim family.

After the War of Independence, new Jewish immigrants from the Balkans settled in Old Jaffa. the Immigrants lived in the building in difficult sanitary conditions, without a regular supply of electricity and water. From 1949, the building also served in part as a synagogue for the Libyan Jewish community.


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. 

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Jaffa Port


Dolphin Reef

Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins? The Dolphin Reef located in the Gulf of Eilat is a utopian destination for nature lovers!

Alona Park (Mey Kedem)

Alona Park is a natural park near the entrance, there is the water dam "Mey Kedem," a water aqueduct from the Roman-Byzantine period.


Bethphage is located in Mt. Olives and the place from which Jesus sent his disciples to find a colt upon which he would ride into Jerusalem.

Tomb of Maimonides

The Tomb of Maimonides is a burial site in Tiberias where Maimonides, his father, his grandson, and other Jewish sages are buried.

Shepherds’ Field Chapel

Shepherds' Field Chapel is a church that commemorates the place of the angel's revelation to the shepherds before they came to worship Jesus.

Beit Guvrin National Park

Beit Guvrin National Park is an archaeological site that preserves the ruins of the ancient city of Maresha and the caves of Beit Guvrin.

Yad La-Shiryon

Yad La-Shiryon is Israel’s official memorial site for fallen soldiers from the armored corps, as well as one of the most diverse tank museums! There ...

The Hospitaller Fortress

The Hospitaller Fortress, also known as the Knights' Halls, are formerly used for lodging and eating for the Crusaders in Acre.

Ramon Crater Nature Reserve

So let’s take a peek into the secrets of the desert by visiting Ramon Crater Nature Reserve. The Reserve is renowned for its makhtesh; a ...

Pater Noster Church

The Pater Noster Church is located on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem. stands right next to the ruins of the Byzantine Church of Eleona

Need help?