Lag Ba'Omer, May 3, 2018, is International Museum Day in Israel, and many museums around Israel open to the public for free!
The museums on this list are usually quite pricey for a family to visit, so getting in for free is a great way to learn, experience, and see new things, 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 list in Hebrew is available here)
Please note: Generally, free admission will not apply to large groups.
Ein-Dor Museum of Archaeology, Kibbutz Ein-Dor, open 10am -3pm 04-6770333
The National Maritime Museum, open 10am - 7pm 04-8536622
The Open Museum in Tefen open 9am - 4pm 04-9109609
MadaTech, open 10am -5pm, 04-8614444
The Underground Prisoners' Museum, Acco, open 8:30am - 4:30pm 04-6941565
Watchman's House Museum - Kfar Giladi 04-6941565 open 8am - 4pm
The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein Harud.open 9am - 3pm 04-6486337 | 04-6486328
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 10am - 4pm
The Khan Museum, Hadera, 04-6322330, open 10am - 3pm
The Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, 04-8240308 open 10am - 4pm
The Haifa City Museum, 04-9115888 open 10am - 7pm
The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron, 04-6294777 open 9am - 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 - 7pm
The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, 04-8383554 open 10am - 7pm
The Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod 04-9842350 open 10am - 3pm
Mane Katz Museum, Haifa 04-9119372 open 10am - 7pm
Krinitzi House, Ramat Gan, 03-6739050, 9am - 1pm
Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, 037457808, 10am - 7pm
Clore Garden of Science, Rechovot 08-9378300 open 10am - 4pm
The Israeli Cartoon Museum, Holon 03-6521849 open 10am - 4pm (note: no strollers allowed)
Museum and Archives of the History of Holon 03-5050425 open 10am - 1pm
Agam Museum, Rishon, 03-555-5900 (times not published)
Ilana Goor Museum, 03-683-7676, ext. 20, 10am - 4pm
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 (entrance closes at 3:30pm)
Man and the Living World Museum, Ramat Gan 03-6315010 open 9am - 4pm. Reservations required.
Museum of Human Sciences 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 - 4:30pm
The Hagana Museum - 03-560-8624 open 8am - 4pm
Palmach Museum, 03-5459800 By reservation only
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, 09-9551011, 4-8pm
The Hosmasa Museum - Holon - 03-5050425 open 9am - 1pm
Kfar Saba Archaeology Museum, Kfar Saba 09-7640867/8 open 10am - noon
The Lechi Museum 03-6820288 open 8:30am - 4pm
The Netanya City Historical Museum, 09-8840020 open 10am - 2pm
Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, Kibbutz Tel Yitzchak 09-7497200 open 9am - 3pm
Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 03-5161970 open 10am - 4pm
The Petach Tikvah Museum of Art 03-9286300 open 4pm - 8pm
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 10am - 9pm
The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem 02-5661291/2 open 10am - 7pm
The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem 02-6233166 ' open 9am - 5pm
The Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem 02-5611066 open 9:30am - 5:30pm
Hechal Shlomo, Jerusalem 02-5889010 open 10am - 4pm
Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem 02-6544888 open 10am - 6pm
The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 02-6276319, 052-4002478 open 10am - 5pm
Museum of Italian Jewish Art, 02-6241610, noon - 7pm
The Israel Museum 02-6708811 open 10am - 5pm (tours in English 11:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm) Children are FREE. Adults 20 shekels
Tower of David Museum 02-6265333 open 9am - 4pm
Ashdod Art Museum, 08-8545180, 08-9568285, 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! I'd love to hear which museum you chose, and what you thought of it!
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