1. Ilana Goor Museum—Tel Aviv-Yafo
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 travelling 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.
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
2. Israel Museum—Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, founded 1965, holds many remarkable objects, including the interior of a 1736 Zedek ve Shalom synagogue from Suriname; necklaces worn by Jewish brides in Yemen; a mosaic Islamic prayer niche from 17th-century Persia; and a nail attesting to the practice of crucifixion in Jesus’ time. The museum’s Shrine of the Book, which is shaped like a large white urn, houses the Dead Sea Scrolls (the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts) and other artifacts discovered at Masada. The Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing includes European Art; Modern Art; Contemporary Art; Israeli Art; the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Asian Art; Photography; Design and Architecture; and Prints and Drawings. The Israel Museum is the country’s largest cultural institution and one of the world’s leading art and archaeology museums.
Hours: SMWTh: 10 am-5 pm
Tuesday: 4-9 pm
Friday and Holiday Evenings: 10 am-2 pm
Saturday and Holidays: 10 am-5 pm
Entrance Fee: Adult: 54 NIS; Student: 39 NIS. Guided tours are available in a variety of languages, including English, Hebrew, Spanish, French, and Russian.
Street Address: Ruppin Blvd. 11
3. Museum for Islamic Art—Jerusalem
The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, which opened in 1974, is committed to the collection, preservation and exhibition of art objects and archaeological artifacts that represent Islamic art between the 7th and 19th centuries. The museum hopes to connect Muslim and Jewish cultures, and believes that its primary goal is the cultivation of cultural dialogue. It is also known for its vast collection of antique watches, which became famous in 1983 when professional burglar Naaman Diller stole 100, valued at $204 million, from the exhibition. (They were returned in 2004.)
Entrance Fee: Adult: 40 NIS; Israeli Senior: 20 NIS; Child: 20 NIS; “Yerushalmi” card-holder: 30 NIS
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Street Address: 2 Hapalmach St.
4. Negev Museum of Art—Be’er Sheva
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.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Street Address: 60 Ha’atzmaut St.
5. Petach Tikva Museum of Art—Petach Tikva
The Petach Tikva Museum of Art is part of Petach Tikva’s Museum Complex. There are roughly 3,188 items in the museum, which was originally opened in 1964. It features works by Israeli and international artists in diverse media: painting, sculpture, photography, video, film, architecture, installation, and performance.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Guided tours are available upon request.
Street Address: Yad Labanim, 30 Arlozorov st.
6. Ralli Museum—Caesarea
The “Ralli Museum” refers to a conglomerate of two art museums of the same name in Caesarea. They are two of the five non-profit Ralli Museums that Harry Recanati established to display contemporary Latin American Art, commemorate the 15th century expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal, and preserve the history and art of Thessaloniki’s once prominent Jewish community. Ralli 1 includes works by Salvador Dali and Auguste Rodin, as well as Latin-American sculptures and paintings and artifacts found in Caesarea from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, and Crusades periods. Ralli 2 focuses on Spanish Jewry, and has a permanent collection of European paintings from 16th to 18th centuries that portray Biblical themes.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:30am-5:00pm
Holiday eves: 10:30am-12:30pm
Museum entrance is free.
Street Address: Rothschild Blv. (Next to the water tower) P.O. Box 4855 Caesarea 38900
7. Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum—Haifa
Founded in 1984, the Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum is located on the grounds of the University of Haifa. Its exhibits display the archaeology and history of the land of Israel from the Chalcolithic period to the Byzantine period. The museum’s art collection includes French painting from the Impressionism, Post-impressionism, and the School of Paris movements, as well as Jewish art from mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century. The museum boasts paintings by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Jacob Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Liebermann. The museum also has an acoustic auditorium with 380 seats and a pipe organ built by Gideon Shamir.
Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Free tours are available in English, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish.
Street Address: 199 Aba-Hushi Avenue Mount Carmel, Haifa
8. Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art—Haifa
This museum, located on Mount Carmel, is the only museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Japanese art in the Middle East. Felix Tikotin and Abba Hushi, then mayor of Haifa, established the museum in 1959. The museum’s collection includes some 7,000 items mainly from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as a collection of modern Japanese art.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00am-7:00pm
Ticket Prices: Adult: 35 NIS; Child/Soldier/Police Officer/Student: 23 NIS; Senior: 17.5 NIS; Visitor with disabilities: 23 NIS; Family (couple and two children): 90 NIS
Street Address: HaNassi Blvd 89
9. Umm al-Fahem Art Gallery—Umm al-Fahm
Artist Sayid Abu Shaqra runs this Israeli-Arab art gallery, founded in 1996. The gallery houses Jewish and Arab artists’ works, as well as works of other Arab artists and from the Western World.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Entrance Fee: Adult: 15 NIS; Student: 10 NIS; Groups: 20 NIS; Children: Free. Guided tours are available upon request.
Street Address: Haifa St, Umm al-Fahm
10. Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art—Jerusalem
Founded in 1983, the Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art was collects, preserves, and displays objects pertaining to Jewish life in Italy from the Renaissance through today. It is the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection of artistic objects from all of Italy’s Jewish communities.
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 10:30am-4:30pm
The museum offers group tours and custom-made programs upon request.
Street Address: 25 Hillel Street