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Avihayil - Jewish Legion Museum (Beit Hagdudim)
The Jewish Legion Museum was established by veterans of the Jewish battalions of the British army, founders of Moshav Aviyahil, near Netanya. The museum depicts the struggle to create the Jewish battalions and their contribution to determining the norms of the Jewish military forces for the future, after the establishment of the State of Israel. The legion dates back to the early 1900s and more than 10,000 people were members.On display are photographs, documents, flags, and such items as a life-size model of a mule and a soldier.
A special corner is devoted to the memory of Eliezer Margolin, commander of the 39th Battalion and the First Judean Battalion. An audiovisual presentation is shown, as are films about the history of volunteering for the military. The museum belongs to the Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defense.

Address: Beit Hagdudim, Moshav Avihayil
Tel. (09) 882-2212, (09) 862-9240

Ben Shemen -
The Old Courtyard and Bezalel Quarter

In the Ben Shemen youth village, which was founded in 1927 and continues to function today, the old buildings have remained, including the smelting works created by Boris Schatz, founder of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, for Jewish goldsmiths from Yemen.

Address: Ben Shemen Youth Village, Ben Shemen
Tel. (052) 362-9150 

Gedera - BILU Museum
The building that houses this museum was built in 1924 by Dr. Moshe Mintz, one of the founders of the early Zionist movement known as BILU. Dr. Mintz bequeathed his house to the colony, and since his death it has served many public purposes, including a kindergarten, library, clinic, and the headquarters of the local council. The museum was dedicated in 1985 and it presents the history of the BILU movement, which founded Gedera. It focuses on three subjects: the background of the movement’s founding in Russia; the BILU movement in the Land of Israel; and the history of Gedera in 1884-1994.
The exhibition features a collection of agricultural implements, photographs, documents, furniture, housewares, the attire of BILU members, and other items. The museum organizes guided tours of Gedera, including a visit to the shack of a BILU member, which still contains the original furniture. The shack is an extension of the museum.

Address: Habiluim St., Gedera Tel. (08) 859-3316 

Givat Brenner - Treasure Museum
The Treasure Museum was built in the heart of Kibbutz Givat Brenner on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the community. It has an extensive collection of original objects and pictures that tell the story of the early settlers of the site. A visit to the museum is accompanied by a monologue presented by a female pioneer, performed by an actress.

Address: Kibbutz Givat Brenner
Tel. (08) 944-3404, (08) 944-3330, or 050-753-9487

Herzliya - Beit Rishonim
Beit Rishonim – the Founders’ Museum – focuses on the early days of the colony of Herzliya, through a variety of exhibits and sophisticated audiovisual technology. The exhibits feature: a shack that symbolizes the beginning of settlement, a reconstructed room from the 1930s, a large diorama of the founders of Herzliya, statues of typical residents of Herzliya in the 1930s, a demonstration of the first work done in the colony, and a diorama of a packing house for the citrus industry. A special section highlights the connection between Theodor Herzl’s dream and the colony bearing his name. One room depicts the development of the western area of Herzliya and the archaeological finds from Apollonia.
Also on the site: exhibits on the way of life, culture, and education in the colony, a section on security, a videotape depicting the development of Herzliya to this day, a library, and a reading room.

Address: 8 Hanadiv, Herzliya Tel. (09) 950-4270

Hod Hasharon - The First House
The first house in Hod Hasharon was a wooden shack built in 1924 in Magdiel, one of the four communities that were merged to create Hod Hasharon in 1964. It was built by the Colton family and served as their abode (parents and three children) for many years, even after most of the residents of the settlement had moved to stone houses.
The shack has historical value due to its form and the technology with which it was built. Neglected and missing some of its parts, it underwent thorough preservation and was reconstructed with its original materials by the planning staff of the Council for Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites in Israel. On the original concrete floor, which remained intact, tiling was added, the walls were renovated with original materials, and the cover of the wooden latticework panels and the roof of the building were reconstructed.
The building belongs to the Municipality of Hod Hasharon and is designated to be a museum. In the rooms stand objects from the early days of settlement of Magdiel. The exhibit re-creates the history of settlement in Hod Hasharon, with an emphasis on Magdiel. n Address: 6 Sokolov, Magdiel, Hod Hasharon

Tel. (09) 775-9547 

Holon -
Archive and Museum of the History of the City

This museum was established in 1988 and it is situated in the home of Avraham Herzfeld, who was one of the leaders of the labor movement and a member of Knesset. The house contains the museum of the history of Holon and the city’s historical archive. The exhibit in the museum covers such subjects as people and events, the War of Independence, immigrant absorption, and the Samaritans.
At the conclusion of the visit, there is an audiovisual presentation depicting the development of the city and future possibilities.

Address: 26 Leon Blum, Holon Tel. (03) 505-0425 

Holon - Egged Bus Museum
This is an open-air museum in the Egged parking lot, featuring some 50 models of buses that were used in Jewish transportation over the ages. In addition, there are 10 other buses that were adapted for use as armored vehicles, ambulances, and other purposes.

Address: Egged Parking Lot, Moshe Dayan St., Holon
Tel. (03) 555-3440/41 

Holon - Husmasa
This is a fortress-like building three stories high, surrounded by a courtyard. It was built in 1934 and due to its isolation in the heart of a sandy area, it became a regional training base of the Haganah. Weapons caches were also placed in the building. In Israel’s War of Independence, it served as a communication link with the colonies of the south.
Visitors can see an exhibition of pictures, documents, and weapons, and the observation tower offers a view of Holon and its environs.

Address: 53 David Elazar, Holon  Tel. (03) 556-8210, (03) 505-0425

 Hulda - Herzl House
Herzl House is located in the Hulda Forest, which was planted in 1904 in memory of Theodor Herzl. In 1909, a  mansion was built on the site, which served as the center of an agricultural farm. The farm workers had to defend themselves against an attack by local Arabs in 1929 and in the battle, Haganah commander Ephraim Chizik, who came to aid in the defense of the site, was killed. This was also the residence of the settlers of Kibbutz Hulda, before they moved to their permanent site.
The house was renovated in cooperation with the Council for Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites and with the support of the JNF. In the framework of the rehabilitation, displays were installed along the path leading to the house; they depict episodes in the history of the site. Inside the house, visitors can see a film and small exhibit.
Other items include a concrete pool from which water was channeled from the sea; a pipe that was laid in Israel’s War of Independence along the Burma Road to supply water to the besieged Jerusalem; and the Hulda Monument – a stone statue, created by Batya Lishansky, in memory of Ephraim Chizik, his sister Sarah, and others who fell in Israel’s battles.
In addition, there is a grove planted in memory of the poet Rachel in 1931, the year of her death, and a quarry that was used by the people of Hulda in order to obtain stones for construction purposes in the period of the Arab revolt (1936-39). Later, the site served as a shooting range for the Haganah.

Address: Herzl Forest, between Kibbutz Hulda and Kibbutz Mishmar David (Road #411)  Tel. (08) 941-4083

Kfar Saba - Archaeological and Historical Museum
This museum focuses on ancient times according to the finds discovered in Kfar Saba and its environs. It offers hands-on experience, such as reconstructing the implements of prehistoric man, glassblowing, mosaic work, and production of wine in reconstructed facilities.
Archaeological finds, photographs and paintings, maps and explanatory materials are arranged around the hall according to period, from the appearance of prehistoric man in the area to the end of Ottoman times. An audiovisual presentation is screened and there are temporary archaeological exhibitions.

Address: 35 Jerusalem St., Kfar Saba  Tel. (09) 764-9262

 Latrun - Mini Israel
Mini Israel is a unique showcase for the sites of Israel, built of hundreds of exact models, most on a scale of 1:25, spanning thousands of years of history.
Caesarea, for example, is depicted complete with its theater, port, fortress, hippodrome, and aqueduct. Less-known sites whose preservation is crucial, such as the Weizmann House, the German Colony in Haifa, and Sergei House in Jerusalem, are included as well. Mini Israel is the largest miniature park in the world.

Address: Latrun  Tel: (08) 922-2444 

Mazkeret Batya - Historical Museum
The Mazkeret Batya Historical Museum is housed in the headquarters of the agents of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, with whose support the colony of Mazkeret Batya was founded in 1883. It shows the way of life of a pioneer settlement in the Land of Israel. The museum documents and preserves the history of the colony, reconstructs buildings and facilities, and operates them in their original form.
The exhibit focuses on the colony’s history, education, and agriculture, and features a reconstruction of the first synagogue; the security room, containing an exhibit of the history of the defense of the colony, and a typical house complete with furnishings and household items.
A tour route passes through sites from the beginning of settlement, among them the large synagogue and the sculpture garden created by the son of the blacksmith.

Address: 40 Rothschild St., Mazkeret Batya  Tel. (08) 934-9525

 Mikveh Israel - Visitors’ Center
The Visitors’ Center in the historic Mikveh Israel agricultural school provides information and holds classes, study days, and teachers’ advanced training on the history of the school, preservation of historic sites, nature, and other subjects.
The tour route at the site, which also houses the headquarters of the Council for Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites, includes the synagogue, one of the first built in the Land of Israel at the end of the nineteenth century; the wine cellars hewn in the sandstone; Teachers’ House – a model of the reconstruction of historic buildings; “Mechanika” – the workshop in which tools were refurbished and weapons were produced; the botanical garden; the first building erected at the site, and other sites. Visitors can also see a short audiovisual presentation.

Address: Mikveh Israel  Tel. (03) 503-0489

Nahalim - Beit Hahalutz Hadati
Beit Hahalutz Hadati (Religious Pioneers’ House) was founded in 1996 in the heart of Moshav Nahalim. The museum presents documents from the beginning of the Torah Ve’avodah (Torah and Work) movement in the Land of Israel and abroad, and early religious Zionist settlement in the colonies, kibbutzim, and moshavim. Visitors can see a reconstruction of a pioneers’ house and a farmyard with agricultural implements.
The museum offers guided tours, accompanied by activities on related subjects, and it aims to encourage literary creativity and historical research on these subjects.

Address: Moshav Nahalim  Tel. (03) 932-8657 

Nes Ziona - Beit Rishonim
This museum depicts the early days of Nes Ziona and emphasizes the uniqueness of the founders of the colony. It exhibits an extensive collection of items, among them agricultural equipment, household articles from various periods, and items from the development of beekeeping in the area.
Beit Rishonim holds regular activities including lectures, courses, community singing, and guided tours, and presents an audiovisual program on the history of the colony. An archive and library document the history of settlement. Visitors can tour the various sites in the area related to the early settlers.

Address: 19 Tel Aviv St., Nes Ziona  Tel. (08) 940-4491

Netanya - The Well House. Netanya Heritage Center
The Well House commemorates the work and contribution of the early settlers of the colony, focusing on the years 1928-48.
Besides viewing the exhibits on related subjects, visitors can see a film devoted to the clandestine immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel in the British Mandate period, and the beginning of citrus growing in the land. A theater group of volunteers presents living pictures from the past.The first floor is devoted to a well that is still functioning, and the beginning of the colony of Netanya. The second floor is used as a lecture hall and for temporary exhibitions.

Address: 17 Sokolov, corner Weizmann, Netanya
Tel. (09) 832-9940, 050-570-6415

 Palmachim - Early Settlers’ House
This hut at Kibbutz Palmachim was built in 1950 and since then has served as a library, the first darkroom of the photographers of the kibbutz, the general store, the archives, and assorted administrative offices. Today it is a museum containing an exhibit of various aspects of kibbutz life and offering activities on related subjects.

Address: Beit Miriam, Palmachim Tel. (08) 953-8281

 Petach Tikva - Museum of the Pioneers
The Museum of the Pioneers, located in Petach Tikva’s complex of museums, is devoted to the memory of the early settlers of Peach Tikva, the first modern Zionist colony.
The exhibit tells the story of the lives and deeds of the founders and includes photographs, documents, maps, and other items relating to such subjects as the division of the land, abandonment of the colony due to floods and a malaria epidemic, the return to Petach Tikva, and the construction of the first school in the colony.The museum operates a computerized system, Shorashim, that offers information on the historyof Petach Tikva.

Address: 30 Arlozorov, Petach Tikva Tel. (03) 905-2313

Ra’anana - Archive and Agricultural Museum
This is an archive, Israel lore center, and a small exhibit of old agricultural implements, in the yard of the Bartuv School.

Address: 14 Eliezer Yaffe, Ra’anana Tel. (09) 741-4110

Ra’anana - Museum of the History of the City
Ra’anana’s historical museum documents the early days of the community. It features maps, models, diaries, books, and agricultural implements, and offers an assortment of activities for all ages.

Address: 47 Ahuza, Ra’anana Tel. (09) 761-0551

 Ramat Gan - Beit Avraham Krinitzi
This site, the home of the first mayor of Ramat Gan, presents the history of the city. One section comprises a room with the original furniture, photographs, and documents. Another section is devoted to the early settlers of Ramat Gan and its story; this section features the screening of an audiovisual presentation with recollections told by the settlers themselves.The third section presents Ramat Gan then and now. The museum serves as a study center, and contains an archive that hosts classes and offers materials for research.

Address: 64 Krinitzi, Ramat Gan Tel. (03) 673-9050

Ramat Hasharon - Beit Rishonim
Beit Rishonim, in a Bauhaus-style building, is composed of two main elements. The first is a museum that looks back on the early days of the community (from 1923 on). It features documents, old photographs of longtime residents, a database, household items, agricultural implements, work tools of a shoemaker and a goldsmith, everyday items, and multimedia displays.The second is a geological museum, operated by the Society for the Protection of Nature, which has a branch in the building. The museum has an extensive collection of minerals, precious stones, and fossils from around the globe – most dating back to ancient geological periods, tens and hundreds of million years ago. In the courtyard is a rock garden with huge boulders from all over Israel.Beit Rishonim also offers a wide selection of activities and tours.

Address: 12 Hapalmah, Ramat Hasharon Tel. (03) 549-7185

Ramle - City Museum
This museum contains eight exhibit halls, chronicling the history of the city from medieval times, through Ottoman rule and the period of the British Mandate, to this day. One hall is a memorial to Ramle residents who fell in Israel’s wars.

Address: 112 Herzl, Ramle Tel. (08 ) 929-2650

 Rehovot - Ayalon Institute
This site presents the story of the clandestine factory for the production of ammunition, which was established by the Haganah and operated on the site from 1946 to 1948.
 The factory, which was readied for operation within less than a month, was built at a depth of 8 meters below the ground. Its openings were disguised by a  large baking oven and a washing machine. The Ayalon Institute was the largest ammunition factory in the Jewish underground, and some 2 million bullets were produced there in the period in which it operated.Among the exhibits are a reconstruction of the “cover” operations at the entrances to the institute: the laundry and the bakery; an audiovisual presentation in Hebrew and English depicting the story of the institute; a depiction of the production processes; and a reconstruction of the factory and its products.

Address: Science Park, Rehovot Tel. (08) 940-6552

Rehovot - Minkov Museum
At this site, Zalman Minkov, a member of one of the first families in Rehovot, planted the first orchard in the city. The site has been rehabilitated and reconstructed by the Rehovot Municipality and the Council for Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites in Israel, with the assistance of Francis Minkoff (a scion of the Minkov family), and other donors. Among the features of this reconstructed citrus orchard are an enclosed courtyard containing the house of the citrus-grower and a reconstructed packing house. As part of the process of reconstructing the site, unique strains of citrus trees grown in Israel were planted. The museum offers a variety of activities and educational programs for visitors.

Address: Access through the Science Park in Rehovot
Tel. (08) 940-6552 

Rehovot - Weizmann House
This is the private home of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first president of the State of Israel, and his wife, Vera. After Weizmann became president in 1949, it served as his official residence. It is the first house in Israel designed by Erich Mendelsohn.
The architect built the house to suit its location and the local climate. The large glass doors open up to the house’s swimming pool; the dining room faces east, toward the Jerusalem Mountains, as do the bedrooms on the second floor. The tower formed by the stairway looms up in the center of the house and is reflected in the water of the pool.The interior design was planned by Vera Weizmann, and is sumptuously decorated with furniture and art objects that were brought from the Weizmanns’ home in England.

Address: Hanasi Harishon St., Rehovot
Tel. (08) 934-2028, (08) 934-3230 

Rishon Lezion - Carmel Mizrachi Winery
A visit to this winery includes a guided tour that presents the history of the wineries from the first bottle to the largest winery in Israel; an audiovisual presentation; a tour of a reconstructed wine-press from the Israelite period, and treading on grapes in a wine-press in the vintage season (by appointment); a tour following the path of the process of wine production; a visit to the wine cellars and sophisticated bottling plant; and wine-tasting. Visitors receive a small gift bottle of wine or grape juice.

Address: 25 Hacarmel, Rishon Lezion Tel. (03 948-8888

Rishon Lezion - Museum of the History of the City
This museum tells the story of Rishon Lezion, which was founded in 1882, and its first 40 years. One exhibit shows the importance of Rishon Lezion as a base for the state-in-the-making. In the basement is a reconstruction of a classroom of the first modern Hebrew school in the Land of Israel, in which the pupils were taught in Hebrew. Visitors can see a “laundry day” in the colony, a computerized album, and many other displays.

Address: 2 Ahad Ha’am, Rishon Lezion Tel. (03) 968-2435

Tel Mond - Beit Halord
Documentation center containing a museum and archive, as well as a courtyard in which the history of the Tel Mond Bloc is depicted. The building, owned by the Tel Mond Bloc Historical Society, was renovated with the guidance of the Council for Restoration and Protection of Historic Sites in Israel. Among the exhibits in the museum are archaeological finds; an exhibit on Sir Alfred Mond – Lord Melchett; the beginning of settlement in the area; the moshav in the 1930s; the development of the colony – immigrant absorption, the transit camp, the construction of the permanent house in the 1950s; and security.The courtyard features objects documenting the way of life in the 1930s in the house and on the farm. There is also an archive with documents, maps, aerial photographs, videotapes, and didactic material.Other buildings from the beginning of settlement in the area can be visited as well.

Address: 44 Hadekel, Tel Mond Tel. (09) 796-1973

 

 


 

Click on name for details
Avihayil – Jewish Legion
Ben Shemen – The Old Courtyard Gedera – Bilu Museum
Givat Brenner– Treasure Museum Herzliya – Beit Rishonim
Hod Hasharon – The First House Holon – Archive of the City Holon - Egged Bus Museum Holon - Husmasa
Hulda – Herzl House
Kfar Saba – Museum
Latrun – Mini Israel
Mazkeret Batya –  Museum
Mikveh Israel – Visitors’ Guide
Nahalim – Beit Hahalutz Hadati  Nes Ziona – Beit Rishonim  Netanya – The Well House  Palmachim – Early Settlers’ Shack Petach Tikva – Pioneers Museum Ra’anana – Agricultural Museum Ra'anana -  History Museum Ramat Gan – Beit Krinitzi
Ramat Hasharon – Beit Rishonim Ramle – City Museum
Rehovot – Ayalon Institute Rehovot - Minkov Museum Rehovot - Weizmann House  Rishon Lezion –  Winery
Rishon Lezion - History Museum Tel Mond – Beit Halord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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