Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Angled Interior of Amir Building

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Angled Interior of Amir Building

Museums in Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel’s most important cultural institutions. It houses the largest collection of Israeli art in the world, containing a wide selection of contemporary works, as well as a large collection of European and international art from the last 300 years.

Its first location in 1932 was the former home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff . At that time the collection contained only a few dozen items. However, it soon outgrew this small building and in 1959 the collection was moved to the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, which was built specifically in the Amir building in the center of town.

In 1971, a further section was needed to house the ever-growing collection, and a new main building was built in the museum’s current location on Shaul HaMelech Street.

In the fall of 2011, at the start of “The Year of Art” in Tel Aviv, the Herta and Paul Amir building was inaugurated with its unconventional, eye-catching design. It is smooth, sleek and angular from the outside and built around a spiraling atrium inside. This building has become an acclaimed Tel Aviv landmark, and doubled the capacity of the Tel Aviv Art Museum as well.

Displays showcase prints and drawings, photography, architecture and design, and there is a wide variety of both permanent and rotating exhibitions.  Activities for the whole family include an audio guide that challenges listeners in their approach to art, how they think, observe and offers interactive activities.

Tuesdays are a special time at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, when parents and children spend time together sharing games and creative workshops.

Hagana Museum

This Tel Aviv museum is situated in the home of Eliyahu Golomb, founder of the Hagana and one of its top generals. It is located at 23 Rothschild Street. The building was also the headquarters of the Hagana, the unofficial precursor of the Israeli Defense Forces. All major military decisions were made here, including the founding of the Palmach, the ‘striking force’ of the Hagana and the decision to send volunteer paratroopers into Nazi-occupied Europe to help save as many Jews as possible.

Apart from documents, photographs, and displays of the meager weapons the Hagana used to smuggle and hide from the British, you can see films and multimedia presentations about pre-State Israel and the special operations that Hagana members were involved in throughout Europe.  There are also educational games for children.

Eyal72  CC BY-SA 3.0 Etzel Museum

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Etzel Museum

Etzel Museum

The Etzel group was the main Jewish underground movement in pre-State Israel. It was originally formed in 1931 to fight against the Arabs to ensure the safety of the early Jewish farmers. However in subsequent years, they broke away from the Hagana and  began underground operations against the British who were ruling in Palestine at the time.

The British White Paper had limited the number of Jewish immigrants allowed into Palestine, even though no other country in the world would accept them as they fled the blood-soaked soil of Europe. In addition, a ban was placed on Jews purchasing or possessing weapons, even when vital to their self-defense. These measures were designed to prevent the Jews from establishing their own independent homeland, and nothing but force would change the situation.

The Etzel Museum in Tel Aviv is situated on 38 King George Street; the use of documents, photographs, films and models explains how complex the international, political, and social backdrop was in Mandate Palestine.  Visitors are offered a glimpse into this time period in Israel and into the Etzel’s secret operations.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Did You Know?

Yaacov Agam, an internationally renowned Israeli artist born in 1928, is a pioneer in kinetic art; images appear and disappear in constant changing forms depending on the viewer’s location.

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