On May 14, 1948 at 4pm local time, David Ben Gurion delivered what would become the most famous speech in Israeli history. Just hours before the British Mandate was set to expire, Ben Gurion declared Israel an Independent Jewish State. Many dignitaries were present at this important event; their names remain, engraved into their original seats.
Independence Hall sits in the middle of Tel Aviv’s affluent Rothschild Boulevard. The building used to house the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Today it is still possible to see various pieces of art adorning the walls by the likes of by Marc Chagall, Ury Lesser and Yosef Yisraelis, among others. Also on the walls are photographs of Tel Aviv and flags of Israel.
Independence Hall is not only the birthplace of Israel but also of Tel Aviv. Visitors will learn about the history of Israel, the history of Tel Aviv, the Declaration of Independence Ceremony and the immediate events which followed. Visitors will hear a recording of David Ben Gurion reading his historic speech, Rabbi Fishman reciting the "Shehecheyanu Prayer" and the Philharmonic Orchestra playing Israel’s national anthem Hatikva.