Must see Museums in Israel

Published on Monday, 20 May 2013 by Webmaster

Must see Museums in Israel
Israel has more museums per capita than anywhere else in the world. With 230-plus museums (and counting), visitors and locals have the luxury of choosing which topic — art, science, history, design, architecture, technology – appeals to them most.

1. The Israel Museum, Jerusaleml. Ranked among the world's leading art and archaeology museums, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem should be your first stopover. The museum houses 500,000 objects, including the famous Dead Sea Scrolls; a grand collection of archaeological finds; an immense treasury of world Judaica; an amazing sculpture garden; and vast collections of primitive, European and modern art.

2. Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. Give yourself at least half a day, if not a whole day, to visit this amazing historical and archeological museum.The museum, opened in 1958, is divided into pavilions that house collections dedicated to folklore, photography, ceramics, excavations, postal history and philately, glassware, coins and anthropological artifacts. There's also a planetarium onsite.The Museum Shop is one of the best in the country for Israeli designer crafts, jewelry and Judaica.

3. MadaTech, Israel's National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, Haifa. Museums are known for their informal learning environments and MadaTech is Israel's best location for making science fun. This is the place to explore, experience, discover and learn through play. It's all hands-on at this museum, with dozens of science-themed exhibits and 3D movies.Even the location is cool — the museum is housed in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's first home.

4. Design Museum Holon, Holon. Design Museum Holon opened in March 2010 and is already recognized as one of the world's leading museums of design and contemporary culture.Israeli architect Ron Arad designed the iconic building with flowing steel strips in various shades of red. The building itself is considered a work of art. The museum constantly updates its exhibits with the best of industrial, fashion, textile and jewelry design displays. It's worth the 20-minute drive from Tel Aviv.

5. Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem. Located near the Jaffa Gate in the Old City, the Tower of David Museum depicts 4,000 years of Jerusalem's history. The museum is set up in a series of chambers in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David, and includes a courtyard comprising archeological ruins.The museum uses maps, holograms, drawings, models and video to depict Jerusalem under its various rulers over time.Walk up the ramparts to see the best views of Jerusalem.The museum and its grounds also host numerous festivals and special events throughout the year.

6. Israeli Children's Museum, Holon. As one would expect at a kids museum, it's all hands-on here. The museum offers five Story Trails exhibits that make the children active characters in the different imaginary adventures.The museum also houses three interactive and experiential exhibits: Dialogue in the Dark (a social seminar on being blind); Invitation to Silence (simulating the sensation of being deaf), and Dialogue with Time (multimedia educational exhibition on aging).

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