Believe it or not, with around 230 (and counting) museums, Israel has more museums per capita than anywhere else in the entire world. These unique educational centers are treasure chests of science, history, art, science, design, architecture, technology. With so many to choose from there, you are guaranteed to find the ones that interest you. Here is a look at ten of the best:
1) Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums, the Israel Museum houses over 500,000 objects, including the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, a vast collection of stunning archaeological finds, Judaica, European and modern art and an amazing sculpture garden to boot.
2) Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv
This museum uniquely tells the story of the Jewish people over 2500 years of exile in different parts of the world, showing the rich and diverse worlds of various communities which evolved throughout the years.
3) MadaTech, Israel’s National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, Haifa
The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology & Space, is Israel’s premier institution of science education. MadaTech offers over 600 mostly interactive exhibits which demonstrate the evolution of science and the principles underlying the technological advancements that permeate modern life.
4) Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Yad Vashem is Israel’s living memorial to the millions murdered in the Holocaust, where visitors follow a route that presents Jewish life in Europe prior to Nazis rule, during Nazi persecution, and survivor testimonies. The exhibits include rare photos, authentic film footage, including survivor testimony, historical documents and artifacts.
5) Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art houses the best of Israeli art with works by Vincent Van Gogh, Amadeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso and more.
6) Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem
The Tower of David Museum depicts 4,000 years of Jerusalem’s history, with a series of chambers that include maps, holograms, drawings, models and video to depict Jerusalem under its various rulers over time.
7) Israeli Children’s Museum, Holon
The Israeli Children’s Museum is a unique educational institution where kids are encouraged to touch the displays, feel the materials and even be part of the exhibits. Here kids become part of the stories and fantasies being told for a unique educational experience.
8) Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem
The internationally acclaimed Bible Lands Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the study of the civilizations of Biblical times, including the cultures of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece, the Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites and Phoenicians.
9) Eretz Israel Museum ,Tel Aviv
This museum covers many aspects of the land of Israel, including its natural history, flora and fauna, archaeology, folklore, and traditional crafts.
10) Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
The Museum On The Seam museum features thought-provoking contemporary art on social issues. The museum is located in an historical building that served as a military outpost bordering Jerusalem’s old city, on the dividing line between east and west. The museum was chosen by the National Geographic as one of the most unique museums around the world.