Sunday, April 23, 2017
Free Attractions for Yom Ha'Atzmaut!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, is Yom Ha'Atzmaut, and this year, in honor of 69 yrs of the State of Israel, more than 69 attractions around the country will open to the public at no charge.
The list on this page 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.
Check it out and find a place you've never gone to, and go have fun! In past years we've gone to museums that were free on Yom Haatzmaut, and they was almost completely empty. I think many Israelis prefer their mangal in the park and sitting in traffic. I prefer free admission!
I'm sure there are other places that are offering free programs or free admission, that I haven't heard of, so please add information for other places in the comments, or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it in! Thank you.
I have tried, wherever possible, to link to websites in English. There were a few museums/historical sites that only had Hebrew websites, though. My apologies in advance. If you find a broken or incorrect link, please email me at email@example.com so I can take care of it! Thanks!
Have a wonderful Yom Ha'atzmaut. May it bring us closer to the Geulah Sh'laymah!
So, let me know where you'll be going! Just leave a comment below this post. It's a good idea to confirm in advance that the place you plan to go will be open as posted. Some places require advance bookings even if not specified.
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Yad LaIsha HaLochemet in Nitzanim - guided tours 9 am - 1 pm. 08-6727895
The Open Museum in Negba - 050-55605540 From Holocaust to Revival Museum in Yad Mordechai - 08-6720599 , 052-3923104
The Water and Security Museum in Nir Am - 050-5709042
Ben Gurion's Hut (Sde Boker) - open 10 am to 4 pm. Last admission at 3 pm 08-6560469
Maoz opposite Gaza in Kibbutz Saad 052-3726644
The Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture at Kibbutz Lahav 08-9913322
The Revivim Museum named for Yosef Weitz. 10 am - 2 pm 08-6562570 \ 08-656263
Metzudat Yoav, The Givati Museum 08-6611316
Beersheba Turkish Railway Station (Engine 70414), Open 9-5, sign up in advance for guided tour: 08-6234613
Be'erot BaNegev Visitors Center in Kibbutz Alonim, Open 10-2, advance registration required for guided tours, 08-9937300
The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 02-6276319, 052-4002478
Ammunition Hill Memorial Site - 02-5829392/3, ext 115
The Yellin House - in Motza - 052-4257345
The Gush Etzion Visitors' Center - in Kfar Etzion. 02-9935160
The Tower of David Museum - 02-6265333 or *2884
The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem - 10 a.m - 5 pm. 02-6233166
The Shai Agnon House - 02-6716498
Menachem Begin Heritage Center - 02-5652020 02-5652011
Yad LaShiryon at Latrun - for more info: 08-9784321
Jewish Quarter Tours, from 9-5, every hour. Advance registration required. Call *4987
Levi Eshkol House, 9-6, advance registration required. Call 02-6313091
Tel Aviv and the Center:
Independence Hall -03-5106426, 03-5173942
The Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center - with advance reservations only.*4585
Ben-Gurion House - 03-5221010
The Jabotinsky Museum - open 8 am - 4 pm. 03-5287320
The Joseph Bau House - 054-4301499
Rokach House - for more info: 03-5168042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarona-Hakirya Visitors' Center - 03-6048434, 03-6049634
IDF Historical Collection Museum - (Toldot Tzahal) -03-5172913 , 03-5161346
The Etzel Museum 03-525-3307
The Hagana Museum - 03-560862
The Lechi Museum - guided tours at 10:30, 12:00. 1:30. 3:00. Trivia contest at 1 pm. Reservations required. For more info: 03-6820288 or email email@example.com
The Etzel 1948 Museum - open 9am - 4pm. 03-5177180 , 03-5172044
The Nachum Gutman Museum of Art - 03-5161970
The Hosmasa Museum - Holon - 03-5050425
The Mikveh Israel Visitors Center - with advance reservations. 03-5030489
The Rishon L'Tzion Museum - open 10 am - 2 pm. advance reservations required 03-9598862, 03-9598890
The Eran Shamir Moshava Museum in Mazkeret Batya. Open 10:30 am - 3:30 pm (also open Wed night from 8-10:30pm). 08-9349525
Ayalon Institute, (Bullet Factory) Rechovot. Open 9 am - 4 pm. Last guided tour at 3 pm. Advance reservations required. 08-9406552
Netanya Museum, Open 10:00 - 1:00 09-8840020
HaG'dudim Museum, Moshav Avichayil. Open 9-4 09-8822212
The North and Northern Coast:
The Tower and Stockade Museum at Hanita. 04-9859677
The Jezreel Valley Train Museum - Kfar Yehoshua. 04-953-4226 open 9am - 2pm
Atlit Detention Camp, Advance Registration Required, 04-984-1980
The Treasures in the Walls Museum, Akko. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-991-1004
The Underground Prisoners Museum, Akko. Open 9am - 4pm. 04-991-1375 . Update on April 25: all tours are fully booked. They will not accept any more reservations for guided tours.
The Fisher House, Kiryat Ata. Open 9 am - 2 pm. 04-844-0207
The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-6294777
The Khan Museum (04-6322330 , 04-6324562 Open 10 am - 3 pm)Hadera
The Feinberg House (04-6343296, open 9am - 2 pm), Hadera.
The Haifa City Museum. 04-9115888
The Herman Struk Museum 04-9127090 The National Maritime Museum. 04-853662
Etzel Museum at Shuni Forest. 052-8330177 Audio-visual presentation every hour between 9am and 3pm
Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, Haifa 04-8537672 open 9am - 4pm
Watchman's House Museum - Kfar Giladi. open 8 am - 4 pm. 04-6941565
Tel Hai Courtyard - 10 am - 3 pm - 04-6951333 Advance reservations required.
The Birya Fortress - open 9 am - 5 pm. 04-6922433
HaReut Museum, Metzudat Koach- 04-6432810 open 10am-4pm
The Restored Pioneer Village at Rosh Pinah, Open 10-2. 04-6936913
Beit HaMeiri, Tsfat 04-6921939open 10am - 2pm. Guided Tours require advance registration
The Kinneret Courtyard - guided tours at 10, 12, and 2. 04-6709117
Naharayim Experience in Gesher. Guided tours at 11:00 and 12:30. Open 9 am - 4 pm. 04-6752685
The Palmach Cave - guided tours on the hour between 10 and 3. 04-9898946 ,052-4471109
The Historic Nahalal Police Station - guided tours at 9 am, 11am, and 1 pm. 04-6415073
The Nahalal "Sliq" - guided tours every hour from 9 am to 3 pm. 052-3347194
The Pioneer Settlers Museum - Kibbutz Yifat. Open 11 am - 3 pm. 04-6548974
The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein Harud. 04-6486337 | 04-6486328 Zemach Train Station, Open 10-1:30. 3969774–050
Other FREE attractions and activities:
The Israel Museum
Army Bases and Public Exhibits
I will add more free attractions in this space as I find them!