The Museums of Tel Aviv
There are many museums in Tel Aviv ranging from large, national institutions such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Diaspora, to smaller, more specialized museums such as the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo, the Bauhaus Museum, and the Reuven Rubin Museum.Scroll to page content
TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART
Undoubtedly one of the greatest museums of modern art in the world, with a massive newly opened wing, the museum has a great collection of works by both Israeli and leading international artists showcased in an incredible building.
BEIT HATFUTSOT: THE DIASPORA MUSEUM
A fascinating museum located within the campus of the Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv in North Tel Aviv. This museum chronicles Jewish life across the diaspora over thousands of years using interesting and creative displays. Currently undergoing a massive refurbishment program, the museum is worth a visit if you are interested in Jewish history and somewhere you could easily end up spending a day or more!
ERETZ ISRAEL MUSEUM
Also in Ramat Aviv, a short distance from Beit Hatfutsot, is the Eretz Israel Museum, the Museum of the Land of Israel. This museum is predominantly an archaeology museum with a number of pavilions set across a beautiful site set above the center of the city of Tel Aviv, focusing on different aspects of history.
DESIGN MUSEUM HOLON
The internationally acclaimed Design Museum Holon is housed in a work of art – a masterpiece by leading Israeli architect Ron Arad which is the focal point of Holon, a city just South of Tel Aviv. Housing two or three rotating exhibitions relating to the world of design, the Design Museum is not a huge museum, but is something of a spectacle and somewhere you should certainly consider visiting.
This museum is a boutique gallery/museum on Bialik Street, showcasing the history and development Bauhaus design in the heart of Tel Aviv’s UNESCO recognized White City. It is only open two days a week: Wednesday (11 am – 5 pm) and Friday (10 am – 2 pm) but offers an interesting insight into the amazing Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv.
REUVEN RUBIN MUSEUM
Also on Bialik Street is the Reuven Rubin Museum, the old house of one of Israel’s most influential artists. Telling the life of Rubin, it showcases not only his works, but also those of other artists in themed exhibitions.
Almost next door the Rubin Museum is the Bialik Museum, home of the first great Modern Hebrew poet, Haim Nachman Bialik. Whilst it is a bit difficult to understand the poems unless you speak Hebrew or Yiddish, some information is in English, and the atmosphere and furnishings give a good insight into life in Tel Aviv during the 1920′s for the cultured European Immigrants.
MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF TEL AVIV-JAFFA
Situated in the converted former Town Hall of Tel Aviv, this is an impressive building located in Bialik Street, on Bialik Square which sits magnificently on the road. The museum opened just a few years ago and its interesting multimedia displays chronicle the fascinating history of this city from its establishment just 100 years ago, to the modern day.
THE NEW TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART
This new cultural outlet was opened in 2011 in The Herta and Paul Amir Building. Impressive on the outside, the building was designed by architect Preston Scott and local architect Amit Nemelich and features 430 polished cement panels. Inside, you will find a host of fascinating temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection of Israeli art.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art – the shrine of Tel Aviv art
Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for contemporary art near Habima is connected to Tel Aviv Museum of Art and you can visit both in one ticket.