Many people say that Israel is, somehow, an open-air museum. The entire country is filled with historical corners, important places, outstanding views, and emblematic biblical scenarios that anyone can enjoy, just by visiting the Land of Milk and Honey for a couple of days.
That being said, there are also several museums in Israel for all kinds of people and for all tastes. In the land Herzl fought so hard for, there is a museum for each type of person visiting: If you like science and technology, there’s a museum for you in Israel! If you like the Bible, there’s a museum for you in Israel! If, instead, you are into the life values and deep historical wisdom of World War II, there is also a museum for you in Israel!
In this short, but very informative article, we will show you 5 of the best museums you can find in Israel. Most of them now also have the option to virtually visit them, so you won’t have to grab a plane to actually see these wonderful places.
As you know, learning some Hebrew always helps. If you learn the language of our ancestors in a dynamic and encouraging environment, you will even more greatly enjoy the explanations the museum guides give you when visiting them either physically, or virtually.
Ready to jump into Israel’s best museums? Here we go…
In Israel, there is a museum for you!
We already told you. You will find a museum in Israel that is – at least somehow – related to a field or subject you are deeply interested in. And if not, whenever visiting any of the following options you will learn a whole lot. That’s a promise!
But, what are the best museums in Israel and in which cities are they located? Allow us to drive you through what are, according to us, the best 5.
1. Madatech, Haifa
This is one of the most entertaining and important museums in the entire country. It is located in the lovely city of Haifa, and it invites children to actually interact with science. This is an interactive science museum that people of all ages will truly enjoy.
In this amazing museum, you will be able to learn a lot. Not only about science, but also about technology and space. You might think it is a great place to go to with your kids, and you are completely right, but it could also be an amazing place to have a second or third romantic date in Israel. Believe us, you guys will have fun.
2. Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv
This is a lovely and very interesting museum. In English, it is called the “Museum of the Jewish People”, and its main purpose is to honor and tell the story of the Jewish diaspora around the globe.
It is located in the middle of the Tel Aviv University campus, and it offers multiple exhibitions. Some of them are always there, and some others change once in a while, to offer visitors a unique experience every time they visit this lovely place.
In the museum you can find exhibitions about Jewish humor around the world, about the most influential Jewish leaders, and even little models of the main synagogues in the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to find your own synagogue from back home, exhibited in miniature in the middle of Tel Aviv?
Well, go to the Museum of the Jewish People and you will find way more than just that. Actually, you can go visit it right now… don’t worry, you won’t need an airplane ticket. Start visiting this Israeli museum right now, online.
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3. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem & The Dead Sea Scrolls
This is one of the most influential and important museums in Israel. In it, you will find breathtaking exhibitions that go from “The Egyptian Empire in Canaan” to the best artworks from Bertha Urdang. Just like in other museums, some of the exhibitions are always there, and some others rotate, to offer visitors new art experiences in each new visit.
In this museum, you can also find The Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most transcendental objects of Jewish history. According to the same museum, “The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient manuscripts that were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves near Khirbet Qumran, on the northwestern shores of the Dead Sea (…) They are approximately two thousand years old, dating from the third century BCE to the first century CE. Most of the scrolls were written in Hebrew, with a smaller number in Aramaic or Greek (…)”.
If you want to live an outstanding experience in one of Jerusalem’s most gorgeous museums, the Israel Museum is a must.
4. Yad Vashem
We remember. We will never forget.
This emotional museum tells us the story of the Jewish holocaust in a unique, spine-chilling way. It drives us through all the affairs and history of WWII in a clever way that always honors life.
With a magical and touching light structure, and element organization, visitors will go from deeply understanding the Holocaust history, to comprehending why it is so important to talk about it, while honoring life and survival.
If you are in Israel, this museum is a must. As simple as that.
5. Museum of Islamic Art, Jerusalem
This amazing place was established in Jerusalem, in 1974. It is very close to the Jerusalem Theater, in a very popular location of the Holy City. In it, you can find Islamic textiles, ceremonial objects, pottery, and even jewelry and other Islamic cultural artifacts.
You can find a number of beautiful and very interesting permanent exhibitions, such as The Story of Islam, Early Islamic Art, and a great Watches Collection, among others.
Just like Yad Vashem, the museum has a chronological order. As they describe it themselves: “The six galleries of the permanent display offer a broad overview of a unique art tradition, from the emergence of Islam in the 7th century CE to the disintegration of the Ottoman Turkish Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The illuminated showcases highlight the often-exquisite delicacy of craftsmanship”.
This great museum is evidence of the great coexistence the three main monotheistic religions have in the State of Israel. If you happen to be in Jerusalem, visit it. It is totally worth it.
Learn some Hebrew. Visit Israel. Go to a museum.
You already know it. You have to learn some Hebrew and master this ancient language our ancestors spoke.
In the online Hebrew courses offered by Rosen School of Hebrew you will learn in an encouraging environment, through live classes with one of the best instructors available, and in no time, you will be speaking Hebrew better than a born and raised Israeli… or at least, you will be able to understand them much better.
Are you ready? The time is now. Yes. Now!