Despite being one of Israel’s more modern cities, Tel Aviv has a healthy understanding for the importance of remembering the past. Visitors will find a variety of museums in Tel Aviv, each one serving as a keen reminder of times gone by, in the city, in the country, and beyond. 4With this in mind, here are the Tel Aviv museums you won’t want to miss.
1. Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Considered by some to be the crown jewel of Tel Aviv museums, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art boasts an impressive collection of works from some of the world’s most renowned artists. Explore the museum’s rooms and corridors to see masterpieces by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and many more.
2. Independence Hall
While it might not be the most visually impressive of all the museums in Tel Aviv, Independence Hall is certainly one of the most important. It was here that David Ben Gurion declared Israel an independent state on May 14, 1948. That moment is immortalized in this museum, which still contains the very microphones used to broadcast the announcement.
3. Beit Hatfutsot (Museum of the Jewish People)
Located on the Tel Aviv University Campus, Beit Hatfutsot looks at the life of the Jewish people both in the past and present. The unique museum uses diorama, videos, and interactive displays to share information, something that was innovative when the museum opened in the seventies and remains impressive to this day. The museum also includes a genealogy center.
4. Eretz Israel Museum
The Tel Aviv area has reportedly been inhabited for some 3,200 years, a detail this museum looks to explore. Visitors will find an array of intriguing exhibits, including coins, pottery, mosaics, craftworks, and Judaica.
5. Archaeological Museum (Jaffa)
In many ways, Old Jaffa – which once served as its own city – is a living museum. Visitors will find old buildings, old pathways, old roads, and plenty of other old features. The Archaeological Museum also offers the chance to view some of the historic artefacts dug up in and around the area.
Best of the rest
There are plenty of other museums in Tel Aviv, each offering something a little different. Other Tel Aviv museums you may find interesting include: Rubin Museum, housing the works of Israeli painter Reuven Rubin; Bialik House, which commemorates Haim Nahman Bialik, once Israel’s national poet; Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo, a newer museum that explores the history of the city; and Bauhaus Museum, which honors the famed Bauhaus architecture found about the city.
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