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 you will be able to find hundreds of tanks used by the Israeli Army during its different wars.
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The outdoor display includes 110 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, both Israeli and captured enemy examples, including the Merkava and T-34, T-54, T-55, and T-62 tanks, as well as vehicles obtained or purchased from allied nations specifically for diversifying the collection like the German Leopard tank or the only T-72 on display in Israel.
Other notable items include: an M4 Sherman tank mounted high atop a former British water tower; a collection of mobile bridges constructed by the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), which can be carried by tanks and erected while under fire; captured enemy vehicles, most of which Israel has modified and updated; a tank with a blown up gun; and a long, engraved commemorative wall bearing the names of Armored Corps soldiers killed in defense of the country.
The main building at Yad La-Shiryon, a Mandate-era Tegart fortress, houses a library with a publicly accessible computerized record of every fallen Israeli tank soldier and a synagogue. The deeply pocked outer walls of the fort are a reminder of the building’s wartime past and its use by the Arab Legion.
New Audio – Visual Experience At Yad La – Shiryon
Inside the building is a new audio-visual presentation of the modern tanks used in the Israeli Armed Corps. The museum also features a large amphitheater and an auditorium with photos, poetry, paintings, and cartoons. Screenings are held regularly, showing historical film footage and recent tributes to Israelis injured and fallen.
The Wall of Names, erected outside, displays the names of all the soldiers from the Armored Corps killed in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and later wars. Not so far from there, you can also visit the Ayalon Bullet Factory. Another great experience for families with kids.
Already from afar, before even reaching the Yad La-Shiryon Museum, you will see an American M4 Sherman, one of the first tanks that fought in the service of the Israel Defense Forces. Since the water tower was only designed to support 25 tons and the tank weighed 34 tons, the engine and transmission gears had to be removed.
Su – Th: 08:30 – 16:30
Fr and holiday eves: 08:30 -12:00
Sa and holidays: 09:00 – 14:00
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