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Five Must-Visit Museums in Israel

 
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For such a tiny country, Israel has a lot of museums (the highest per capita in the world). Most of the major museums are concentrated in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but if you have the time, head off the “beaten path” and visit some of the other rich museums Israel offers.

Beit Hatsfutsot – Tel Aviv

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatsfusot is undergoing renovations, but parts of the new attraction are already open.

New attractions include including Heroes – a permanent exhibition for kids aged five-12 and Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present.

Download the Museum’s app for a free audio guide and explore at your own pace. The Museum of the Jewish People Call: +972 3 745 7808 / in Israel: 03 745 7808 / E-mail: tours@bh.org.il

Israel Museum – Jerusalem

Plan your visit to the Israel Museum carefully! This place is big – really big – and there’s too much to see in one visit.

Don’t miss the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Second Temple Model, which recreates Jerusalem in 66 CE.

Take a free guided tour of the various galleries and collections, including archaeology, modern art and Jewish art and life.

Repeat visits to the museum are half price, so keep hold of your ticket stub if you plan to return within three months. Israel Museum Jerusalem Call: +972 2 670 881 / in Israel: 02 670 881 / E-mailinfo@imj.org.il

MadaTech, Israel’s National Museum of Science, Technology and Space - Haifa

Housed in the original Technion (Israel’s Institute of Technology) building, MadaTech oozes science.

The large museum will appeal to all ages, with plenty of interactive activities to keep budding scientists occupied all day. Once the littles have enough indoors, take them to the Noble Energy Science Park, which combines learning and fun they can clamber over. MadaTech Museum Haifa Call: + 972 4-861 4444 / in Israel: 04 861 4444 / E-mail: info@madatech.org.il

The Israel Children’s Museum – Holon

Make sure you book in advance for a visit to the interactive Israel Children’s Museum, which features a range of different activities and “trails” for kids aged 2.5 and up (English tours available).

The Dialogue in the Dark exhibit, led by blind or vision-impaired individuals and taking place in the dark, is a must for anyone age nine and above. The Israel Children’s Museum – Holon Call: +972 3 650 3005/6 / in Israel: 03 650 3005/6

YadVashem Holocaust Memorial Museum – Jerusalem

You can’t come to Israel without visiting YadVashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. As well as the Holocaust History Museum, take time to see some of the 45-acre’ site’s memorials the Valley of the Communities and the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Take a guided tour to get the most out of the museum.

The main museum allows entrance to children aged 10 and up, but kids can visit the rest of the grounds at your discretion. Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Jerusalem Call: +925 2 644 3802 / in Israel: 02 644 3802 / E-mail: general.information@yadvashem.org.il

Words: Danielle Max

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