Is it worth taking a tour guide to visit the top museums in Tel Aviv?
The answer depends. If you live here as I do, then you have enough time to explore the wonderful variety of Tel Aviv museums at your leisure.
But if you are here on a brief visit, then my answer is yes. A guide can help you get around between the museums, and focus on your interests, making the best of your short stay in Tel Aviv.
And even if you've visited these museums in the past, a guide will help you will see things you might have overlooked on your own.
In this one day tour, you'll get to see the best museums Tel Aviv has to offer, covering:
So what do you see on our classic museums tour?
First stop on your museum tour is the Museum of the Jewish People, “Beit Hatefutsot” in Hebrew.
This museum is truly unique, telling the ongoing and incredible story of the Jewish people, from the days of King David three thousand years ago till today.
The stories are told in video, special exhibits, sound, sculpture and interactive displays.
We will walk through museum 'gates' learning about the amazing diversity of Jewish life and traditions around the world from places as diverse as Poland -
There are exhibitions covering different aspects of Jewish life such as Family, Community, and Faith, with eighteen authentic models of synagogues from as far back as 2,000 years ago.
The last section is Return to Zion Gate, which depicts Jews yearning for the land of Israel through the centuries, the establishment of modern day Zionism and the waves of Aliyah (immigration) that led to the establishment of the State of Israel.
There is a also a great exhibit for kids called 'Heroes - Trailblazers of the Jewish People.'
The next stop of the tour is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
If you want to go to just one classic art museum while in Israel, make it this one!
The tour will lead through Museum's main art collections, that range from old masters such as this Pieter Brueghel the Younger painting from 1610 'The Outdoor Wedding' -
through to today's contemporary art.
The impressionist and post-impressionist collections are first-class, and there is art representing most of the major movements of the modern art era: Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Russian Constructivism and Surrealism.
The museum has the largest collection in the world of Israeli art, such as this 1920's scene from life in Israel "Resting at Noon" painted by Nahum Gutman.
The tour will also take you through the new Herta and Paul Amir Building of the Museum which is both a visual and architectural masterpiece.
Before leaving the museum, you can stop and enjoy a short break at the Museum cafe.
The third and final stop of the tour is the Israeli Musuem and Yitzhak Rabin Center.
At thhe Rabin center, via photography and films, you will be exposed to the biography and legacy of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin whose life was cut short in 1995 by the devastating assassination.
In parallel, the Israeli Museum explores the history of Israel via exhibits, each one focused on historical turning points in the country’s development.
As we slowly descend a downward spiral, we will be immersed in these two parallel stories: the biography of Yitzhak Rabin, juxtaposed with the history of Israel and Israeli society, its conflicts, social challenges and the dilemmas the country faced and continues to faces.
Finally, at the Observation Terrace we'll see a spectacular view of Tel Aviv.
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