Lag Ba'Omer, May 23, 2019, 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.
The Open Museum in Tefen open 9am - 4pm 04-9109609
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
Ein-Dor Museum of Archaeology, Kibbutz Ein-Dor, open 10am -3pm 04-6770333
The National Maritime Museum, open 10am - 7pm 04-8536622
Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz HaZorea, 04-9899566 open 9am - 2pm
Watchman's House Museum - Kfar Giladi 04-6941565 open 8am - 4pm
The Haifa Museum of Art 04-9115997 open 10am - 7pm - some exhibits close earlier
The Herman Struk Museum 04-6359962 open 10am - 9pm
The Haifa City Museum, 04-9115888 open 10am - 7pm
The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, 04-8383554 open 10am - 7pm
Mane Katz Museum, Haifa 04-9119372 open 10am - 7pm
The National Maritime Museum, Haifa, 04-8536622, open 10am - 7pm
The Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum in Haifa - 04-8536249, open 10am - 4pm
MadaTech, open 10am -5pm, 04-8614444
HaGedudim Museum, Moshav Avichail 09-8822212 open 8:30am - 4pm
The Khan Museum, Hadera, 04-6322330 open 10 am - 2 pm
Museum of Archaeology and Glass, Kibbutz Nachsholim, 04-6390950, open 9am - 2pm
The Kfar Saba Museum, 09-7640868 open 9 am - 7pm
Ramat Hasharon Geological Museum , open 10 am - 1 pm
Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv 03-6415244 open 10am - 8pm
Rishon L'Tzion Museum, 03-9598862, 03-9598890 open 9am - 2pm
Museum and Archives of the History of Holon 03-5050425 open 10am - 1pm
The Hosmasa Museum - Holon - 03-5050425 open 10am - 1pm
Ilana Goor Museum, 03-683-7676, ext. 20, 10am - 4pm
The Petach Tikvah Museum of Art 03-9286300 open 4pm - 8pm
Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 03-5161970 open 10am - 4pm
Yemenite Heritage Center, Rehovot, 073-3946150 open 9 am - 5 pm
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 03-6077020 open 10am - 9pm pre-registration required at: https://tickets.tamuseum.org.il/calendar/2019-05-23
Agam Museum, Rishon, 03-555-5900 open 10 am - 7 pm
The Hagana Museum - 03-560-8624 open 8am - 4pm
Palmach Museum, 03-5459800 By reservation only
Etzel Museum, Tel Aviv 03-5284001 open 8am - 4pm
The Etzel 1948 Museum, Tel Aviv 03-5177180 , 03-5172044 open 8am - 4:30pm
Toldot Tzahal Museum, Tel Aviv 03-5172913 open 8am - 4pm
The Lechi Museum 03-6820288 open 8am - 4pm
The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, 073-3802000 open 10am - 6pm
Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, 037457808, 10am - 4pm
Museum of Italian Jewish Art, 02-6241610, noon - 7pm
Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem 02-6544888 open 10am - 6pm
The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 02-6276319, 052-4002478 open 10am - 5pm
Museum on the Seam, 02-6281278 open 10am - 5 pm
The Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem 02-5611066 open 9:30am - 5:30pm
The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem 02-5661291/2 open 10am - 7pm
The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem 02-6233166 ' open 9am - 5pm
Tower of David Museum 02-6265333 open 9am - 4pm 11am & 1:30pm guided tours in English (2 different topics)
The Israel Museum 02-6708811 open 10am - 5pm
The Museum of Philistine Culture 08-6224799 open 9am - 4pm
Yad Mordechai, 08-6720559 open 9am - 5 pm
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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