Following on from our last post, here are three more museums which won’t fail to provoke emotions, when visiting Israel.
Located on Rothschild Boulevard, (where the Tel Aviv Art Museum had its first home),Independence Hall is the place where David Ben Gurion stood up and declared the existence of the State of Israel in 1948. Visitors are treated to a short movie, which covers both the history of the building and the era in which Tel Aviv was established. Here’s a nice photo courtesy of RitaRosephotography.com.
There then follows guided tour in the very room that the declaration was pronounced. The movie is nothing out of the ordinary but the guided tour is wonderful, and to be able to walk in the very room that this historic moment occurred is an unmissable opportunity. Do be sure to take the guided tour; it costs a little more, but it is well worth it.
It’s hard to call the Palmach Museum a museum because it doesn’t contain any artifacts; however it does relate history and does so in an impressive manner. Following the lives of a group of young men and women who are part of the Palmach underground fighters during the end of the British Mandate, one is taken on a journey into a different time. The museum is visual, and you go from room to room, following the characters as they go through their basic training, get sent to different missions and are given different roles, and through their story learn about the realities of British Mandate Palestine for the Jewish residents in the wake of the Holocaust. An hour and a half in which all your sense will be engaged, and you will emerge with a deeper understanding of the period and the importance of it to the modern state. This museum tends to get booked up ahead of time, so be sure to book in advance.
Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People
Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, opened its doors in 1978, but has recently undergone extensive renovations, which make it more remarkable than ever. This is an wonderful museum that tells the extraordinary and ongoing and story of the Jewish people – not just in Israel but across the globe.
Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. This is a museum that conveys to its visitors just how tenacious the Jewish people are, and the extraordinary story of Judaism over the centuries. It looks at what makes up essence of the Jewish culture, as well as faith, purpose and deed. Moreover, it looks at the tremendous contribution world Jewry has made to to humanity. A must-visit.