Monday, May 16, 2016

Free Museum Day - May 26/Lag Ba'Omer

Lag Ba'Omer, May 26, 2016, is International Museum Day in Israel, and there are over 60 museums around Israel open to the public for free!

Many museums on this list are usually quite pricey for a family to visit, but I will warn you now - get there early or risk having the doors closed due to overcrowding!

*I have tried to list phone numbers and opening hours as accurately as possible. However, I cannot take responsibility for any errors, so please call the museums you plan to visit to verify this information before you go.

I have tried, wherever possible, to link to websites in English. There were some museums/historical sites that only had Hebrew websites, though. My apologies in advance.

The list below represents many hours of work translating and researching, and I request that if you want to share this information, you link to this blog post. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Here's the list (the full list in Hebrew is available here)


The Kupferman Collection, Lochamei HaGeta'ot, open 10am- 3pm 054-4993851

Ein-Dor Museum of Archaeology, Kibbutz Ein-Dor, open 9am -3pm 04-6770333

The National Maritime Museum. open 10am - 4pm 04-8536622

The Open Museum in Tefen open 10am - 3pm

Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry, Tsfat, open 9am -2pm 04-6925881

MadaTech in Haifa, open 10am - 5pm 04-8614444

The Underground Prisoners' Museum, Acco, open 8am - 4pm 04-6941565

HaShomer House Museum - Kfar Giladi 04-6941565  open 8am - 4pm

The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein 9am - 4pm  04-6486337 | 04-6486328
Bar David Museum for Jewish Art and Judaica - Kibbutz Baram, 04-6988295 open 10am - 4pm
The Goara Museum of the Hagana. 04-9597402 open 8am - 4pm

The Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, 04-8240308   open 10am - 4pm

The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron, 04-6294777 open 9am - 4pm
The Haifa City Museum. 04-9115888 open 10am - 4pm

The Herman Struk Museum 04-6359962   open 10am - 9pm

Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz HaZorea, 04-9899566 open 9am - 2pm 

The Haifa Museum of Art 04-9115997 open 10am - 9pm

The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art  04-8383554  open 10am - 4pm
The Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod 04-9842350 open 10am - 3pm

Mane Katz Museum, Haifa 04-9119372 open 10am - 4pm
Museum of Art, Ein Hod 04-6486038  open 9am - 4:30pm


Beit Miriam  Kibbutz Palmachim, 03-9538281 open 9am - 2pm

Clore Garden of Science, Rechovot   08-9378300  open 9am - 5pm

The Israeli Cartoon Museum, Holon 03-6521849 open 5pm - 8pm
Museum and Archives of the History of Holon   03-5050425 open 8:30am - 1pm

The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan 03-7521876/7 open 10am - 8pm

The Israel Puppet Center, Holon 03-6516848 open 10am - 6pm

Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv 03-6415244 open 10am - 8pm

HaGedudim Museum, Moshav Avichail 09-8822212 open 8:30am - 4pm

The Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv  03-5255961  open 10am - 3pm

Toldot Tzahal Museum, Tel Aviv 03-5172913 open 8am - 4pm

Man and the Living World Museum, Ramat Gan 03-6315010 open 9am - 5pm

Museum of People and the Environment, Petach Tikvah 03-9286900/1 open 9am - 2pm

Etzel Museum, Tel Aviv 03-5284001 open 8am - 4pm
The Etzel 1948 Museum , Tel Aviv 03-5177180 , 03-5172044 open 8am - 4pm

The Hagana Museum - 03-560-8624 open 8am - 4pm

The Khan Museum, Hadera. 04-6322330 , 04-6324562 open 8am - 2pm

The Oppenheimer Diamond Museum  Ramat Gan, 03-5760219   open 10am - 6:30pm

The Eran Shamir Village Museum Mazkeret Batya  08-9349525 open 8am - 2pm
The Jabotinsky Museum  03-5287320 open 8am - 4pm

The Hosmasa Museum - Holon -  03-5050425  open 8:30am - 1pm

Kfar Saba Archaeology Museum, Kfar Saba 09-7640867/8 open 8am - 7pm

The Lechi Museum    03-6820288  open 8am - 4pm

The Netanya City Historical Museum, 09-8840020   open 10am - 4pm

Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, Kibbutz Tel Yitzchak 09-7497200 open 8am - 3pm

Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv  03-5161970 open 10am - 4pm

The Petach Tikvah Museum of Art 03-9286300  open 4pm - 8pm

The Rishon L'Tzion Museum  03-9598862,  03-9598890  open 9am - 2pm

The Ramla Museum, Ramla 08-9292650    open 9am - 4pm

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv   03-6077020 open 4pm - 9pm
Jerusalem Area

The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem   02-5661291/2  open 10am - 8:30pm

The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem   02-6233166 ' open 9am - 5pm

The Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem 02-5611066   open 9:30am - 5:30pm

The Nature Museum, Jerusalem 02-5631116 open 9am - 2pm

Hechal Shlomo, Jerusalem 02-5889010 open 9am - 3pm

Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem 02-6544888 open 10am - 6pm

The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 02-6276319, 052-4002478  open 10am - 5pm

The Israel Museum  02-6708811 open 10am - 5pm

Tower of David Museum 02-6265333 open 9am - 4pm


The Open Museum, Omer 08-9908120/1 open 9am - 4pm

The Museum of Philistine Culture 08-6224799 open 9am - 4pm

The Negev Museum of Art, Beer Sheva   08-6993531  open 10am - 4pm

The Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Culture 08-6993535 open 10am - 4pm

Let me know where you decide to go!

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  1. Negev Museum NEVER claims to be free. They charge the public no matter the day of the year. How on earth they get advertising as fee for chagim is beyond my understanding or the cashiers.

    1. Yocheved, that is very strange since they appear on the list, specifically for this year's Lag BaOmer free day. Give them a call and verify before you go. If I have a chance I will try to call.

  2. Thank you for the list. I shared it with many people via a shortcut to your posting:


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