David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister as well as an important leader of the Zionist movement, is buried in the lush grounds of Kibbutz Sde Boker, alongside his wife. Kibbutz Sde Boker, located in the Negev is where Ben-Gurion moved with his wife in 1953; upon his retirement from Israeli politics. The kibbutz became his permanent residence. It was here, in his hut where he wrote and documented Israeli history until his death in 1973.
The kibbutz offered Ben-Gurion ambience and quiet, as well as the simplistic and communal lifestyle he desired. The location was especially important to him as it was his firm belief that the Negev Desert was where the Jews should and would settle. He believed that the Jews should ‘make the desert bloom’ by building up their homeland in the Negev.
Today, the hut where Ben-Gurion lived, looks almost exactly as it did before his death. The difference is that today it is a museum; visitors are welcome to learn about his life by examining his personal processions. In addition, photos are on display, as well as quotes, statements, and writings that defined his life. On site is also the Ben-Gurion achieves, consisting of his personal collection of more than 5000 books.