Thursday, May 11, 2017

Free Museum Admission - International Museum Day 2017

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Monday, May 15, 2017, is International Museum Day in Israel, and many museums around Israel will be 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 may have been museums/historical sites that only had Hebrew websites, though, so if you stumble across a Hebrew link, please know I did my best! My apologies in advance.

The list below represents many hours of work, 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)

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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 of Photography in Tel-Hai 04-6816702/9 open 8am - 4pm

The Open Museum in Tefen open 9am - 4pm 04-9109609

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

The Underground Prisoners' Museum, Acco, open 8:30am - 4:30pm 04-6941565

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

Bar David Museum for Jewish Art and Judaica - Kibbutz Baram, 04-6988295 open 10am - 4pm

The Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum in Haifa - 04-8536249, open 8:30am - 4:30pm

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

The Haifa City Museum. 04-9115888 open 10am - 4pm

The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron, 04-6294777 open 9am - 4pm

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

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 10am - 3:00pm


Clore Garden of Science, Rechovot 08-9378300 open 10am - 4pm

The Israeli Cartoon Museum, Holon 03-6521849 open 10am - 1pm

Museum and Archives of the History of Holon 03-5050425 open 9am - 1pm

Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv 03-6415244 open 10am - 4pm

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

Beit Hatfutsot Jewish History and Culture Museum 03-7457808
open noon - 7pm
The Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv 03-5255961 open 10am - 3pm

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

People and the Living World Museum, Ramat Gan 03-6315010 open 9am - 3pm

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 - 6pm

The Eran Shamir Village Museum Mazkeret Batya 08-9349525 open 8am - 4pm

The Palmach Museum, by appointment only. 03-5459800

Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art 09-9551011

open 10am - 2pm
The Hosmasa Museum - Holon - 03-5050425 open 9am - 1pm

Kfar Saba Archaeology Museum, Kfar Saba 09-7640867/8 open 9am - 11:30am

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

Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, Kibbutz Tel Yitzchak 09-7497200 open
8:30am - 2:30pm
Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 03-5161970 open 10am - 4pm

The Petach Tikvah Museum of Art 03-9286300 open 10am - 2pm

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 - 6pm

Jerusalem Area

The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem 02-5661291/2 open 10am - 3pm

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

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

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
Tours in English & French

11:00 Archaeology

11:00 Highlights (French)

12:30 Jewish art and life and Synagogues Route 14:00 Art in the Galleries

15:00 Shrine of the Book & Model - The story of the discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls combined with a tour of ancient Jerusalem. Meet in the main Entrance building

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 - 8pm

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

Carasso Science Park 08-6252600 open 9am - 5pm

Let me know where you decide to go!
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