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Israel’s 9 Most Underrated And Cool Museums To Check Out

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Updated: 27 November 2016
Israel has a rich history and culture that loves to celebrate its uniqueness! From political arts to socio-cultural movements and traditions, to quirky hobbies that want to be represented to the history of the state of Israel’s development, there is a sea of museums and exhibitions that will give you a flavorful perspective on the many sides of Israel’s character. Explore, learn, get inspired, open your senses and travel around the small yet stimulating country. Listed are only 9 underrated and slightly unusual museums but there are hundreds you can visit with friends, family, dates or by yourself.
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Dialogue in the Dark at the Children’s Museum of Holon

The Dialogue in the Dark exhibit is a unique and must-try experience where visitors are lead on a tour by trained blind guides traveling through different specially designed pitch-black rooms. Everyday environments and routines such as crossing a city street, being in a park or at a bar are conveyed solely by sound, wind, texture, scent and temperature. The blind guides are experts at portraying this new dimension to people who can see, transmitting them into a world without images and teaching them how to adapt to the world of seeing in the dark. The tour lasts for about an hour and is suitable for ages 9-99.

The Children’s Museum of Holon, Yerushalayim Blvd 214, Holon, Israel 03-6503005/6

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IDF History Museum

Take a look at this fascinating portrayal of IDF history starting from before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 to the present time. Most of the museum site is located outside in the old Jaffa railway with an authentic collection of weapons, including anti-aircraft guns, anti-tank guns, pistols, machine guns, rifles, and motorized artillery and captured weapons tanks and armored fighting vehicles as well as different modes of communication, uniforms and unique photos from the chiefs of staff. As you walk among the structures, take part in the nostalgia with a blend from Israel’s current events.

IDF History Museum, Yehezkel Kaufmann St, corner of HaMered St, Tel Aviv, Israel 03-5172913

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Meshuna

Anton Abramov and Oren Fisher created a wonderfully unusual and vibrant way of displaying art. The idea of Meshuna Gallery birthed when Oren and Anton came together and talked about establishing a different kind of studio – a studio that will bring a social value to the Tel Aviv art scene and involve new and aspiring artists. Located in the heart of Florentin, they opened an artistic hotspot inside an old abandoned building. This gallery encourages young artists to change their perceptions of the contemporary gallery through an alternative and raw way of presenting art. The gallery showcases street art and multi-dimensional arts combining parts of the interior building with the actual works.

Meshuna, Herzl 112, Tel Aviv, Israel 052-2241313

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Cartoon Museum in Holon

The Israeli Cartoon Museum is one of a few of its kind in the world and the only one in Israel that is dedicated to this kind of art. From political cartoons to silly cultural caricatures, this museum features permanent and constantly changing rich exhibits. There is an entire outdoor area that will make you feel like you stepped into the chalk drawing with Mary Poppins roaming with standup 2-d cartoons of various characters where you can take pictures with and read about the artists. In addition, the Cartoon Museum carries out educational historical studies and activities as well as hands-on seminars that invite artists and enthusiasts of all ages to participate.

Cartoon Museum in Holon, 61 Weitzman Street, Holon, Israel 03-6521849

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Puppet Museum

Unique to the Middle East, the Israel Puppet Center is a museum that exhibits a permanent collection of international, traditional and contemporary puppets. It also features temporary exhibitions for special types of puppets, an archived library, an institute for research, as well as a place for street theater workshops and therapeutic and educational puppeteering. Opened in 2006, the Israel Puppet Center is made up of three buildings and provides a sanctuary for puppetry practitioners, educators and artists with free admission. The museum incorporates a multimedia arena of installations, projection areas, hands-on building and learning, as well as video and animation and mini-performances by puppeteer guides. The museum introduces to the public traditional and contemporary styles of puppetry from different cultures, expands and examines the aesthetic-artistic limits of the ‘puppet,’ and serves as a unique research center in its field.

David Remez 13 st, Holon, Israel 02-6516848

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