Top Cultural Sites in Tel Aviv

1. Barak Marshall Dance Theatre—Dance

Barak Marshall is seen as one of Israel’s most innovate creators of dance. Marshall’s first work, Aunt Leah, won first prize in Suzanne Dellal’s 1995 Shades of Dance Choreography Competition. Shortly after, he premiered his second work, The Land of Sad Oranges, based on a story by Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani. Marhsall’s third work, Emma Goldman’s Wedding, represented Israel in the 1998 Bagnolet International Competition where it won the first prize, as well as the Prix d’Auteur Award, the Bonnie Byrd Award for New Choreography, and the National ADAMI Award. Marshall has also choreographed for the Batsheva Ensemble, the Philadanco Dance Company, MDT Dance Company and Austria’s ABCD Dance Company. Since 2008, Marshall’s works have been presented over 800 times all over the world.

Website: http://www.barakmarshall.com/

Visitor Information: See website for ticket information for upcoming productions.

 

2. Batsheva Dance Company—Dance

Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed as one of the world’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin (subject of the recent documentary Mr. Gaga) led the company from 1990-September 2018, at which point longtime company member and former rehearsal director Gili Navot became artistic director. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the company tours extensively throughout the country and internationally, performing 250 times annually. The company holds residency in the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Website: https://batsheva.co.il/en/home

Visitor Information: See website for ticket information for upcoming performances.

Street Address: Yehieli St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6514946

 

3. Bauhaus Center: Tel Aviv White City Bauhaus Tour—Architectural Site

The Bauhaus Center specializes in tours of Tel Aviv’s “White City” Bauhaus Architecture. This German style of architecture, which originated in Weimar in 1919, is characterized by simple, straightforward design with an industrial, minimalist aesthetic. In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed Tel Aviv’s White City a World Cultural Heritage site. This 2-hour tour shows the city’s most prominent Bauhaus buildings, constructed during the 1930s and 1940s.

Website: http://www.bauhaus-center.com/

Visitor Information: Weekly guided tours in English start Fridays at 10am. Audio guides are available daily in English, Hebrew, Russian, German, French, and Italian. Audio guides and the live tour each cost 80 NIS per person. Private tours are available on request.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00am-7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-2:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-7:30pm

Street Address: 77 Dizengoff St.

 

4. Habima Theater—Theater

The Habima Theater is the national theater of Israel and one of the first Hebrew language theaters in the world.  Nahum Zemach founded Habima in Białystok (then Grodno Governorate, Russia) in 1912. The theaters company moved to British Mandate Palestine in 1928. Its Tel Aviv theater was constructed in 1945. Habima has been officially considered the national theater of Israel since 1958, the year in which it received the first ever Israel Prize for theater.

Website: https://www.habima.co.il   

Visitor Information: See website for ticketing details for current productions.

Street Address: Tarsat Boulevard 2

 

5. Ilana Goor Museum—Fine Arts

The Ilana Goor Museum, founded in 1995, boasts an eclectic artistic collection. The museum’s building was originally erected in 1742 as an inn for Jewish pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem, and has also been used as an olive oil soap factory and synagogue. The museum has a collection of more than 500 works of art, either created by Ilana Goor, who describes her artistic style as unbound by conventional classification, or collected by her.

Website: https://www.ilanagoormuseum.org/en/

Visitor Information:
Hours: Sunday-Friday: 10:00am- 4:00pm
Saturdays and holidays: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Holiday eves: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Entrance Fee:  Adult: 30 NIS; Citizen of Tel-Aviv/Soldier/Senior/Student: 25 NIS; Child (aged 5 to 17): 20 NIS; Family ticket (up to five visitors): 75 NIS

Street Address: 4 Mazal Dagim St

 

6. Israel Philharmonic Orchestra—Music

Established in 1936 as the Palestine Symphony, the IPO is Israel’s premier classical ensemble.  The great Polish-born Jewish violinist and musician Bronislaw Huberman was prescient enough to foresee the Holocaust, and persuaded 75 Jewish musicians from major European orchestras to immigrate to modern-day Israel, thus founding the iconic orchestra. Today, the orchestra performs regularly in its Tel Aviv home, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, as well as throughout Israel and the world. The IPO plays an average of 30-40 concerts aboard each year. Maestro Zubin Mehta has led the world-class symphonic ensemble as Music Director and Conductor for over 50 years. The IPO is unique in its cultural diversity, as members of the orchestra represent over 15 different nationalities, and were born, raised and educated in 17 different countries across three continents.

Website: https://www.ipo.co.il/

Visitor Information:
Tickets: Tel Aviv Series: Regular Price: 180-550 NIS; Subscriber Price: 135-413 NIS; Jeans Concert Series: Regular Price: 150-420 NIS; Subscriber Price: 113-315 NIS; Friday Matinee Series: Regular Price: 170-490 NIS; Subscriber Price: 128-368 NIS; Haifa & Jerusalem Series: Regular Price: 130-430 NIS; Subscriber Price: 98-323 NIS; Chamber Music Concerts: 120 NIS; The IPO for Kids: Children: 60 NIS; Adults: 120 NIS

Street Address: Huberman St 1

 

7. The Israeli Opera—Opera

The Israeli Opera, previously known as the New Israeli Opera, is Israel’s premier opera company. Founded in 1985, the company has had residency in the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center since 1994. The Israeli Opera also founded the Israeli Opera Festival, which has performed large-scale outdoor productions, originally at Caesarea, and from 2010 at Masada. In order to cultivate the future generation of the Israeli Opera singers, the Israeli Opera established the Opera Studio program for young artists. Since its founding, the Israeli Opera has also commissioned and performed several operas by Israeli composers.

Website: http://www.israel-opera.co.il/eng/

Visitor Information: See website for ticketing information for upcoming productions. Subscriptions are also available for 2-5 operas (prices vary).

Street Address: 19 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard

 

8. Nalaga’at Theater—Theater 

Adina Tal and Eran Gur founded Nalaga’at Theater in 2002, aiming to integrate deaf-blind people into general society, promote their needs and aspirations, and support their self-expression. Since its establishment, Nalaga’at Theater has provided an artistic and social experience that connects different communities without distinction of religion, race or cultural background. Nalaga’at Theater invites the public to meet people who are deaf-blind, creative, and independent. The theater’s shows include “Light is Heard in Zig Zag,” “Not by Bread Alone” (which is still performing at the Nalaga’at Center), “Price Rooster,” “Say Orange,” and “Through the Spirit” (which features 7 deaf-blind actors along with seeing-hearing actors and interpreters). The center has also created and a sign language workshop called “Give me a Sign.”

Website: http://nalagaat.org.il/en/

Visitor Information: See website for ticketing information for upcoming productions.

Street Address: Second Aliyah Platform, Jaffa Port

 

9. Suzanne Dellal Centre—Dance

Established in 1989, the Suzanne Dellal Centre strives to cultivate, support, and promote contemporary dance in Israel. Since its founding, it has succeeded in positioning dance as a central part of Israeli culture. The Centre offers diverse performances, events, festivals, programs, and workshops. Its multi-level campus includes four performance halls, rehearsal studios, a restaurant and cafe, and wide plazas for outdoor performances and events. The Centre is home to the Batsheva Dance Company and Inbal Dance Theatre. In 2010, the Suzanne Dellal Centre was awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s most prestigious prize and highest honor.

Website: https://www.suzannedellal.org.il/en

Visitor Information: See website for ticketing information for upcoming performances.

Street Address: Yehieli St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6514946

 

10. Tel Aviv Museum of Art—Architectural Site/Fine Arts

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art was established in 1932 in the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. In 1971, the museum moved to its current location on King Saul Avenue. The permanent collection includes leading artists from the first half of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz, Chaim Soutine, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, and Joan Miró. In 1989, Roy Lichtenstein created a giant two-panel mural especially for the museum, which now hangs in the entrance foyer.

The new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art was opened in 2011. Israel’s diverse cultures inspired architect Preston Scott Cohen design, which utilizes overlapping axes to create a fascinating geometric shape. The museum’s interior architecture ensures natural light always enters the building, which creates optimal conditions for appreciating the art within.

Website: http://www.tamuseum.org.il/default.aspx

Visitor Information:
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-2:00pm

Ticket Information: Adult: 50 NIS; Tel Aviv resident: 40 NIS; Student: 40 NIS; Senior: 25 NIS; Enlisted soldier: 25 NIS; Child under 18: Free; Enlisted soldier in uniform: Free

Street Address: 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd