This Pesach enjoy free entry into Israel’s Museums
Every year during Hol HaMoed, Pesach, Bank Hapoalim sponsors free entrance to selected museums across Israel. This is a very popular event and Israelis take full advantage of the opportunity to visit some of the really well known museums as some lesser known ones. If you are touring Israel this Pesach take advantage of this opportunity – cut your holiday expenses and don’t blow your travel budget. We suggest calling the museum before setting out to verify opening hours and other details.
Museums in Northern Israel
The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum
The Ghetto Fighters’ House – Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum was founded in 1949 by Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish underground in the ghettos of Poland, and veterans of partisan units. It would be a place that would tell the story of the Jews during the 20th century and during the Second World War. The Ghetto Fighters’ House was the first museum in the world to commemorate the memory of the Holocaust and Jewish resistance.
The Galilee Sculpture Festival in Maalot
The International Sculpture Festival, “Stone in the Galilee” in Lake Monfort-Ma’alot-Tarshiha, will take place during Hol Hamoed Pesach and will offer to it’s visitors sculpture exhibitions of local and international artists.
The Deer Forest
Tel: 050 872 3920
Ya’ar HaAyalim is a deer forest in Odem in the Golan. Visitors can wander among the different species of deer and feed them too. Visitors can also learn how a shofar (ram’s horn) is made. Pony rides and picnic areas, a petting zoo for small animals and other fun activities for children.
The Golan Antiquities Museum
Situated in Katzrin this museum displays artifacts from the Golan Heights including Hebrew inscriptions from ancient synagogues in the area. A special audiovisual presentation and exhibition shows the heroic history of Gamla.
Located near Katzrin, it features a reconstructed synagogue and village from Talmudic times including a house furnished with domestic artifacts of the period.
The Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery
The Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery was established in 1996 as a venue for contemporary art exhibitions and a home for original Arab and Palestinian art. The gallery operates under the auspices of the El-Sabar Association. Yoko Ono, widow of the legendary John Lennon from the Beatles, held an exhibition there in 1999.
The Treasure of the Walls
The museum is located inside the north-eastern walls of old Acre. The walls were initially built by the Ottoman ruler of the area Ahmed Al-Jazzar Pasha after Napoleon´s attempt to conquer the city in-1779. The commander´s tower “Burge-el-commandar” is divided into arched halls which were used to hold the Ottomans garri and now hold a beautiful and rare collection which gives an insight into the fabric of life in the Galilee during the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.
The Robotic Dairy
Located at Kfar Yehezkel in the Jezreel Valley. This fascinating tour in the dairy barns (Heb: refet) combined with an audio visual show will take visitors into a time warp back to the old days when the first settlers in the village used old methods of farming and agriculture until today with the modern technologies used which are combined with the old.
The Haifa Museum of Art
The Haifa Museum of Art owns a variety of over 7,500 artworks by Israeli and international artists, from different movements and phases in art. Leading names such as Marc Chagall, Joseph Zaritsky, Mordechai Ardon, Lea Nikel, Raffi Lavie, Moshe Gershuni, Michael Neeman, Pinchas Cohen Gan, Tzipi Geva, Yechiel Shemi, Yitzhak Danzinger and more.
The Wilfrid Museum of Israeli Art
On Kibbutz Hazorea, this museum was the first museum in Israel to exhibit East Asian art from the collection of Wilfrid Israel accumulated during the 1920′s, when he was traveling to Asia.
The Janco-Dada Museum (Ein Hod)
The Janco Dada Museum is located in Ein Hod, Israel (Highway no. 4) . It is a museum that exhibits the work of Marcel Janco as well as art from the Dada movement and contemporary art too.
The Haifa Zoological Gardens
The Haifa Zoo at 124 HaTishbi Street is built on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. It is a small zoo and is very compact. It is home to a variety of animals and indigenous fauna and flora.
The Haifa City Museum
The Haifa City Museum is located in the former Templar school and community center buildings in the German Colony. The Templar community center features exhibitions devoted to the history of Haifa including its architecture, urbanism, art and culture…
The Mane Katz Museum
Mane Katz was a member of the Ecole de paris – a group of young artists, many of the Jews, who arrived in Paris from Eastern and Central Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. The museum building was in fact, Mane Katz’s home. The displays are aimed at comparing his works with other contemporary artists in Israel.
The Herman Struk Museum
Hermann Struck (1876-1944) is considered to be one of the most important print artists of Germany and Eretz Israel in the first half of the 20th century. He created innumerable works on paper – portraits and landscapes. In his series of famous portraits, Struck depicted the great scientists and thinkers of his time, including a portrait of Theodor Herzl.
The Tikotin Museum
Porcelains, items for tea ceremonies, calligraphies, modern graphics and a selection of other art pieces, by important Japanese artists. Collections from the past and present. If you are fascinated by Japanese culture, you will enjoy the Tikotin museum
The National Maritime Museum
The collection of the National Maritime Museum is comprised of several sub-collections that express mankind’s connections with the sea: marine art, mythology, ancient anchors and coins, scientific instruments, antique storage vessels, maps and graphic works, models of old and new ships.
Museums in Central Israel
The Rabin Center Israeli Museum
The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center is the first and only museum in Israel to explore the development of the State of Israel as a young democracy. The Museum presents two parallel stories: the history of the State and Israeli society, and the biography of Yitzhak Rabin.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The works of both Israeli and international artists including impressionist and post-impressionists are permanently on display and include the works of Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Monet, Henri Moore, Rodin, Archipenko, Picasso, Klimt and Kadinsky. Put this at the top of your list of ‘must see’ art museums.
The Design Museum Holon
The Design Museum Holon Collection is a young, evolving, and dynamic collection that extends over four main continuum’s:
- Historical Design
- Contemporary Design
- Commissioned Works
- Academic Projects
Petach Tikva Museum of Art
Petach Tikva Museum of Art is a museum of contemporary art, featuring works by Israeli and international artists in diverse media: painting, sculpture, photography, video, film, architecture, installation, and performance.
The Nachum Gutman Museum of Art
The work of artist Nahum Gutman in oil, gouache and watercolor are on display here, as well as several thousand drawings and illustrations.
The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center
The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in Or Yehuda is both a Research Institute and a Museum, with an impressive collection of ethnographic material, Judaica, archival documents, books and manuscripts.
Museums in Jerusalem & Environs
Yad LaShiryon at Latrun
The Yad Lashiryon Memorial at Latrun is the Armored Corps’ Memorial Site. Here, the Armored Corps remembers its fallen comrades, every hour of every day, all four thousand nine hundred and sixty-five together and each individual – their personalities as individuals and as fighters, how they lived and how they died. Close by is the Latrun Monastery of the Trappist order.
Museum for Islamic Art
The L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem strives to give expression to the impressive artistic achievements of Israel’s Muslim neighbors.
The Bible Lands Museum
The Bible Lands Museum is an archaeological museum in Jerusalem, Israel, that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, among them the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, Arameans, Hittites, Elamites, Phoenicians and Persians.
Hasmonean Aqueduct Tour
Part of the City of David here you will enjoy incredible views of Ancient Jerusalem from various key vantage points along the Armon Hanatziv Promenade and discover the importance of the water system that Herod built south of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
Aloes from Africa, roses from Kurdistan, medicinal plants from the Mediterranean or even Giant Taro from the tropics, there is something for everyone within the Gardens’ varied exhibits. The Gardens provide an ever-changing canvas of colors, textures and fragrances all year round. Lovely restaurant too!
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center is the official state memorial commemorating Menachem Begin, Israel’s sixth Prime Minister. The Center is located on the Hinnom Ridge, overlooking Mount Zion and walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Museums in the South of Israel
The Ashdod Art Museum Monart Center
Overlooking the Ashdod marina the Ashdod Art Museum exhibits Israeli and international modern and contemporary art. The museum’s special architecture and internal design challenges the curator and the visitor, offering unusual displays.
Arad Doll Museum
A unique museum in the country, the result of the dream of a pair of sculptures, international artists, Leibowitz and Edward Brewster. Inside the museum original Dolls, and bronze sculptures, temporary exhibitions, master classes and guided tours.
Arad Glass Museum
The museum was established in order to fulfill one man’s dream. Gideon Fridman wanted to build an Israeli home and the right stage for glass art in Israel.
The Corinne Mamane Museum of Philistine Culture
The Corinne Mamane Museum of Philistine Culture is the only archaeology museum in the world that is dedicated completely to Philistine culture.
The Museum of Water and Security at Kibbutz Nir Am
This museum provides visitors with a unique perspective for understanding the issues of settlement, water, agriculture and Israel’s wars since the 1930’s to Israel’s War of Independence.
The Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture
A rich and varied display of Bedouin ethnic items and artifacts can be found at The Museum of Bedouin Culture as well as contemporary Israeli art.
While these museums are NOT PART of Bank Hapoalim’s free museum entrance, they are interesting and enjoyable for the whole family. Please call first for entrance fees and other information.
The Ariel Center – Historic Jerusalem (First Temple Period)
The Ariel center is unique in that it focuses on the study of Jerusalem during the First Temple period. A new model showing Jerusalem towards the end of the First Temple period has been installed at the center.
Outlook, the Park Hayarkon Visitor’s Center
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
The Chanan Rozen Museum of Israeli Art Ramat Gan
This museum was established in 1987 and ever since exhibits Israeli Art at different disciplines including painting, sculpting, photography, and two and three dimension design. Five exhibitions are on display at the same time each in a different exhibition hall.
The Rishon L’Tzion Museum
The Rishon Le-Zion Open-Air Museum is dedicated to preserving the unique historical and cultural contributions of this town – a fast-growing metropolis only 20 minutes from Tel-Aviv.
The Igudan Visitors Center
With limited water supplies in Israel, water conservation is important. We do not often think about the waste-water treatment process. Here you can follow the process of how waste-water is treated from the moment you turn off the tap or flush the toilet. See our water saving tips
Beit Hatfutsot (Diaspora Museum)
The Diaspora Museum chronicles 2,500 years of the history of Jewish people across the globe. Be prepared to spend at least 4 to 5 hours exploring the exhibits.
The Museum of Art at Ein Harod
The Museum of Art Ein Harod was established in the 1930’s by kibbutz members, in a wooden hut in Kibbutz Ein Harod and was one of the first art museums founded in the country.
The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron Yaakov
Also known as the Zichron Yaacov museum, this museum is dedicated to the activities of immigrants who came to Israel with the first aliya. Works of sculptor Ora Rozenzweig is one of many exhibits at the museum.
The Communications Museum at IDC Herzliya
On the IDC University campus, this museum focuses on the media’s important, historic contribution to human culture and to the ties between people that go beyond borders.
The Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art
Currently on view are one-person shows by Tal Frank and Uriel Miron; a project by French artist Julien Salaud, one of the most interesting voices on the contemporary international art scene.
The Khan Museum in Hadera
The remains of an ottoman farmstead dating from the late 19-th Century.
The Temple Mount Sifting Project
Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira under the auspices of Bar-Ilan University have established a project for sifting the earth debris that has been removed from the Temple Mount. Just last week a fragment of a finger was found – according to its material and style it seems to be from an Egyptian statue from the Late Bronze period (or earlier), the time of the Exodus.
The Old Yishuv Court Museum
Situated in Or Ha-Haim Street, a narrow passageway winds its way from the Jewish Quarter to the Armenian Quarter. This museum, housed in an enchanting, ancient building, offers a glimpse at the daily life of the Jewish community in Jerusalem living between the walls of the Old City in the 19th and 20th centuries, until their expulsion in 1948.
The Shai Agnon House
Nobel prize winner in literature and one of Israel’s most influential writers, Shai Agnon is famous all over the world. This museum was once his house.
The Air Force Museum at Kibbutz Chatzerim
The Air Force Museum at Kibbutz Chatzerim is fantasy come true for all children and aspiring pilots, the museum displays over 150 Israeli airplanes, from several generations of Israeli air combat and from every major operation in Israel.
The Negev Museum of Art
The Negev Museum of Art is set in a building that dates back to the turn of the 20th century, known as the Governor’s House. There are four exhibition halls where the museum holds changing exhibitions of early
The Eilat City Museum
The Eilat City Museum was built by a group of Eilat residents on the ruins of an American fast-food restaurant. The intimate museum explores Eilat’s growth and development through exhibitions and artifacts dating back to the Israel’s War of Independence