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Tel Aviv

Ben-Gurion House
This building was the home of Paula and David Ben-Gurion until they moved to Sde Boker. After their move, they would stay here on their visits to Tel Aviv. Ben-Gurion bequeathed the house to the State of Israel.
The house contains the same furnishings, decorations, and household objects it had when the Ben-Gurions lived there, in addition to exhibits. It was opened to visitors in 1974. In 1981, the building to the north, the home of labor leader Hillel Cohen, was made part of the museum compound, in accordance with Cohen’s will. This building houses a permanent display on Ben-Gurion and his heritage and classrooms that are used for lectures and seminars on the Jewish people, Zionism, and society.
The museum offers activities for children and youth and has a 20-minute film. Ben-Gurion’s library is open to the public (by appointment).

Address: 17 Ben-Gurion Blvd., Tel Aviv
Tel. (03) 522-1010, (03) 522-4925

Bialik House
The home of the national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik, has been turned into a memorial to Bialik and his works. It features an exhibit of his books, furniture, and personal objects, as well as paintings by local artists active in the 1930s. An archive of his writings is open to all researchers. A dozen display cases scattered throughout the house contain material about different periods of his life and his works. The museum is also a venue for short-term exhibits. Next door, Manya Bialik House, is devoted to women writers in Hebrew.

Address: 22 Bialik St., Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 525-3403

Collection House Museum
The military history of Israel is displayed in five small buildings with films, photographs, maps, historic documents, and weapons.

Address: 35 Eilat St., Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 517-2913, (03) 516-1346

Etzel Museum
This site includes a memorial, permanent exhibit, and educational center about the Etzel (IZL, Irgun, National Military Organization), a Jewish underground organization in the pre-State period.
The ground floor has a display of photographs on the roots of the organization, a model of an underground weapons factory, and a computer corner dedicated to the so-called illegal immigration. The museum also features a display of weapons and photographs of Etzel leaders. On the lower floor, there is a multimedia presentation of Etzel operations; models of detention camps in Latrun and Africa; and an auditorium for screening documentaries.
The museum is part of the Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defense.

Address: 38 King George St., Tel Aviv
Tel. (03) 525-3307, (03) 528-4001

Etzel Museum, 1947-1948 (Beit Gidi)
This museum commemorates the Etzel members who fell in the battle for Jaffa, under the command of Etzel leader Amichai (Gidi) Paglin. It documents both the battle for Jaffa and other battles in the War of Independence in which Etzel members played a role.
The museum includes a collection of weapons, documents, and photographs; a multimedia display; a memorial to the fallen; and a library, seminar room, and lecture hall. Seminars and educational programs for schoolchildren are held here.
The museum belongs to the Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defense.

Address: Charles Clore Park, Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 517-2044 

Gutman Museum - Writers’ House
This museum is located in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek quarter. From 1907 to 1914, the building, also known as Writers’ House, was used as the editorial offices of the newspaper Ha-Poel Ha-Tzair and the residence of editor Yosef Aharonovitch, his wife, author Dvora Baron, and author Joseph Hayyim Brenner. The building was an important cultural center for the growing city.
Over the years, the building’s condition deteriorated and it was slated for demolition. A public campaign, initiated by the Council for Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites in Israel, led to the cancellation of the demolition order. The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, the Doron Foundation, and the Tel Aviv Foundation funded the building’s rehabilitation.
The museum displays the works of Nahum Gutman (1898-1980), whose sketches and paintings show the establishment and development of the State of Israel and particularly of Tel Aviv. The museum includes an activity corner for children, a film about Gutman, and a permanent exhibition on the cultural life of Neve Tzedek.

 Address: 21 Rokach St., Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv  Tel. (03) 516-1970 

Haganah Museum – Eliyahu Golomb House
This museum is dedicated to the history of the Haganah and its exhibit includes a collection of weapons, documents, and photographs. It also includes the home of Eliyahu Golomb, a leader of the Haganah and a founder of the Palmach. Many important decisions were made in the living room, including the decision to send Jewish agents from Palestine into Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. The room contains its original furnishings.
Multimedia presentations describe special operations and a 10-minute film covers the history of the Haganah. The museum also offers educational games for schoolchildren and lectures about the security situation prior to the War of Independence. In the afternoons and evenings, it offers activities for families and enrichment programs. The museum is part of the Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defense.

Address: 23 Rothschild Blvd., Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 560-8624

Ilana Goor Museum
The Ilana Goor Museum opened to the public in September 1995. It is located in Old Jaffa, in a building constructed in the 1840s by a group of immigrants from Turkey and used as an inn for Jewish pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.
The building has been restored and today serves as Goor’s residence, a display area for her own works of art, and a display area for works of art she has collected on her trips around the world over the past 40 years. Her collection includes works by local and international artists such as Igael Tumarkin, Yaacov Agam, Alberto Giacometti, and Henry Moore.
There is also a gift shop in which visitors can buy Goor’s sculptures, jewelry, furniture, household objects, and clothing. The museum is available for hosting events for up to 150 people.

Address: 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa Tel. (03) 683-7676

Independence Hall
This building contains the hall in which the independent State of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948. The hall is surrounded by an exhibit focusing on the events leading up to the declaration, including photographs, maps, newspapers, and multimedia displays that tell the story of the struggle to establish the state, from the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, to the War of Independence.Visitors view a documentary film about the period and hear a recording of David Ben-Gurion’s speech.

Address: 16 Rothschild Blvd., Tel Aviv
Tel. (03) 517-3942, (03) 510-6426

Jabotinsky Institute in Israel
This institute presents the history of the National Movement and its impact in the Land of Israel and the Diaspora, the story of the movement’s founder Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, and the struggle to establish a Jewish state. A multimedia presentation focuses on Jabotinsky – the man and his works. There are also temporary exhibits, and an archive and library.
The museum organizes seminars for groups, featuring lectures, a documentary film, and personal testimonies.

Address: 38 King George St., Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 621-0660

KKL-JNF Educational Center and Museum

The “showcase” of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), this center depicts the historical processes that led to the establishment of the State of Israel from KKL-JNF’s viewpoint.
The lobby covers the period from the First Zionist Congress (1897), when the idea of establishing the organization that became JNF was first raised, to the day the partition plan was accepted (Nov. 29, 1947). Explanations are provided by a multimedia map, original stamps, documents, and other items. The stairwell area features photographs, JNF stamps, and documents concerning events in the Jewish community from Nov. 29, 1947, to May 14, 1948.
On the second floor, a room is dedicated to the Provisional People’s Council (later to become the Knesset) and the Provisional People’s Administration (later to become the first government of Israel), which operated from this building in the months prior to the state’s establishment. The room contains the original furnishings. This floor also contains a collection of blue JNF boxes and JNF stamps.
The museum includes two libraries and seminar rooms, as well as a multimedia classroom showing the JNF’s activities after the establishment of the state. Enrichment courses and workshops are held at the educational center.

Address: 11 Zvi Hermann Schapira, Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 526-1104

Lehi Museum
This museum is located in the building in which Avraham (Yair) Stern was killed. Stern was the spiritual leader of Lohamei Herut Yisrael (Lehi), a Jewish underground organization in the pre-State period. The apartment in which Stern lived in has been fully preserved, including the furnishings. A short multimedia presentation recounts his last days, up to his killing by British policemen.One room is dedicated to the memory of fallen members of Lehi and the NILI spy network, up to and including Eli Cohen. The main floor of the museum features a display on the history of Lehi, the struggle to obtain independence from the British, the role Lehi played in the War of Independence, and the role Lehi members played in the Israel Defense Forces.
There are films and multimedia presentations about Lehi operations. An archive includes Stern’s manuscripts, poems, broadcasts, flyers, announcements, photographs, newspaper clippings, films, personal collections, and other archival material from the period. The museum library focuses on topics such as Judaism, Zionism, and underground organizations. The museum is part of the Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defense.

Address: 8 Stern St., Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 682-0288, (03) 683-7582

Mani House - Bank Leumi Museum
This museum and archive are housed next to the main headquarters of Bank Leumi. They present the history of the Jewish community in the Land of Israel and the early years of the State of Israel from an economic and financial viewpoint. The exhibits include: the establishment of Otzar Hityashvut Hayehudim, the mother company of Bank Leumi; the establishment of the Anglo-Palestine Bank, which became Bank Leumi; the people who led the bank until 1957; the establishment of the Tel Aviv Port; certified checks from World War I; the founding of Ahuzat Bayit, the neighborhood that became the city of Tel Aviv; and the establishment of Israel’s monetary system. The museum also features a multimedia diorama showing how money was transferred in the early 1900s, a model of the bank’s first branch in Jaffa, and a multimedia presentation on the bank’s history.

Address: 36 Yehuda Halevy, Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 514-9733

Palmach Museum
This museum features a sophisticated presentation on the Palmach (an acronym for Plugot Hamahatz or Striking Force), the military branch of the Haganah underground organization. It shows the Palmach’s heritage and role in the War of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel. Visitors join a group of young people from the time they enlist in the Palmach, shortly after its establishment, until the end of Israel’s War of Independence. Their fascinating personal story, a three-dimensional display, and special effects bring the documentary material about this period to life. The tour of the museum begins and concludes in a memorial hall for fallen Palmach fighters.The museum also hosts temporary exhibits. Additional educational activities, led by museum guides, are available if arranged in advance. The Palmach Museum is part of the Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defense.

Address: 10 Haim Levanon, Tel Aviv Tel. (03) 643-6393



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Ben-Gurion House
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Collection House Museum 
Etzel Museum
Etzel Museum, 1947-1948
Gutman Museum
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Ilana Goor Museum  
Independence Hall
Jabotinsky Institute in Israel  
KKL - JNF Educational Center
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