Southern Israel Cultural Tour

Be’er Sheva

Negev Museum of Art—Fine Arts

Credit: Negev Museum of Art Courtyard | © Liorshn/WikiCommons

The Negev Museum of Art is located in the former Governor’s Mansion, built in 1906 as one of several Ottoman government structures. The museum’s collection is mostly comprised of modern Israeli art. The museum expanded its collection in the 1990s under the directorship of Galia Gavish, to include more ceramics and ethnographic works of Ethiopian Jews. Dalia Manor is now the museum’s director and curator.


Visitor Information:
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm

Street Address: 60 Ha’atzmaut St.



The Opera Festival—Opera

Credit: Yossi Zwecker

Over 4,000 spectators come to the Opera Festival at the foot of the Masada fortress. The Israeli Opera inaugurated this open-air festival in June 2010. The breathtaking views, combined with fabulous music performed by Israeli and international artists, ensure an unforgettable experience.


Visitor Information: Check the Israeli Opera’s website for information regarding tickets.

Street Address: Masada National Park



Sderot ADAMA—Dance

Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal are the co-founders and directors of Sderot ADAMA Dance Center and the creative choreographers and managers of ADAMA Dance Company. They began dancing together at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company workshop in Kibbutz Ga’aton. Their first original piece, “Two-Room Apartment,” won first place at the international “Biennale” choreography competition in Paris. They describe their choreographic style as a unique Israeli combination of movement, theater and contemporary dance.


Visitor Information: See website for information regarding tickets for upcoming performances.

Street Address: Sderot



The Red Sea Jazz Festival—Music

Founded in 1987, the RSJF is a four-day international jazz festival with nine concerts per evening. It is held annually during the last week of August, and features artists from all around the world. RSJF is also active in jazz education in Israel, promoting original jazz compositions and youth jazz bands.


Visitor Information: See website for tickets for the annual August festival. Ticket prices range from 465 NIS-1,115 NIS.

Street Address: Port of Eilat