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The Art Lover’s Guide To Israel

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Updated: 28 November 2016
Israel’s ever-expanding art scene has proven that it doesn’t lack in imaginative spheres. With modern, religious, contemporary, street, and ancient art, Israel is here for the art lover in all of us with its museums, markets, and dynamic neighborhoods. We give you our art lover’s guide to Israel.

The Israel Museum

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The Israel Museum

If a museum is worthy of being chosen as a country’s national museum, it is definitely a museum worth visiting. The Israel Museum features several different styles of art, appealing to all kinds of art lovers. The Fine Arts wing features European art (including Rembrandt!), modern art, Israeli art, photography, architecture, and design. The art garden is full of fun sculptures, including an iconic love sculpture (written in Hebrew as ahava) by Robert Indiana. The museum also has a Jewish art section that highlights the culture of Jewish communities worldwide from the Middle Ages to the present day. Here, you can see clothes, jewelry, and even walk into recreations of synagogues from around the globe. After you finish exploring the art, check out the museum’s rich collection of archaeology.

Israel Museum, 11 Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 267 088 11

The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum Courtesy of The Israel Museum

The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum Courtesy of The Israel Museum

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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art

With a building structure that is an art piece in its own right, you’ll have to remind yourself that the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has gems on the inside as well. The museum houses an expansive collection of classical and contemporary art, including creations from Van Gogh and Picasso, with an additional focus on Israeli art. The museum also boasts displays of architecture, photography, and a special area for kids. Plan about half a day to wander around this art sanctuary.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 360 770 20

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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm

L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art

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L.A Mayer Institute for Islamic Art
L.A Mayer Institute for Islamic Art | © ד"ר אבישי טייכר /Wikicommons

L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art

The exhibits at the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art are not to be missed. Its permanent collections showcase some of the most important Islamic art in the world. Explore pottery, textiles, jewelry, ceremonial objects, and other artifacts that are organized chronologically. Be dazzled with the incomparable antique watch and clock collection. You shouldn’t miss the famous Marie Antoinette watch – valued at more than $30 million. The museum is small enough to explore even if you only have a few hours.

L.A Mayer Institute for Islamic Art, 2 HaPalmach Street, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 256 612 91

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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Design Museum Holon

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Design Museum Holon
Design Museum Holon | © Shaula Haitner/Wikicommons

Design Museum Holon

Since its opening in 2010, the Design Museum Holon has become identifiable as one of the top museums of contemporary design in the world. Israeli architect Ron Arad designed the iconic steel museum building. Come discover the only museum of its kind in Israel, as it seeks to inspire and challenge the perception of design.

Design Museum Holon, 8 Pinkhas Eilon St., Holon, Israel, +972 732 151 525

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

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Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
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Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

If you are craving an art experience that you can’t find anywhere else in the Middle East, then come explore the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art. The museum’s preservation and exhibition of Japanese art is one of the best outside of Japan, with about 7,000 objects consisting of paintings, antique decorated books, room dividers, and swords. Want to learn even more? The museum’s educational team offers art workshops to spread Japanese culture.

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, 89 HaNassi Blvd., Haifa, Israel, +972 483 835 54

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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Negev Museum of Art

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Negev Museum of Art courtyard
Negev Museum of Art courtyard | © Liorshn/Wikicommons

Negev Museum of Art

The Negev Museum of Art is located in a charming building that was the former home of the Turkish governor. The small museum has plenty to provide to Israeli art lovers. The collection includes local and regional artworks in photography, painting, drawing, and ceramics. The museum’s courtyard is used as a venue for events throughout the year.

Negev Museum of Art, 60 HaAtsmaut St., Be’er Sheva, Israel, +972 662 343 38

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art

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Musem of Italian Jewish Art
Musem of Italian Jewish Art | © Ron Almog/Flickr

Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art

If you are dreaming of an Italian getaway, a trip to the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art may be close enough. This is the only museum in the world to collect art from the Jewish communities in Italy from the Renaissance period to the present day. Prepare to be awestruck by the beauty and creativity that comes from Italian Jewish tradition.

Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, 27 Hillel Street, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 262 416 10

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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ticho House

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Ticho House, Jerusalem
Ticho House, Jerusalem | © Talmoryair/Wikicommons

Ticho House

Located in the heart of Jerusalem, Ticho House is a serene place to experience the feeling of Jerusalem while embracing the work of Israeli painter, Anna Ticho. As a symbol of Anna Ticho’s love for Jerusalem, she donated her home and her work to serve as a public cultural center. It seems that there is no better place for you to familiarize yourself with Israeli art than in the very home (and with the personal collection) of the artist herself.

Ticho House, 10 HaRav Agan Street, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 264 537 46

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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Nachum Gutman Museum

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Exterior of Nachmun Gutman Museum
Exterior of Nachmun Gutman Museum | © Limor Noah/Wikicommons

Nachum Gutman Museum

The Nachum Gutman Museum in Neve Tzedeck gives art lovers the perfect introduction to an Israeli artist that was able to depict the land of Israel very elegantly in his sculptures and paintings. The display of colors in his art will entertain your eyes. Gutman was a children’s author, and so special activities exist here for children, giving them the chance to have their turn to draw. Gutman’s art embraces the diversity of Israel and paints messages of tolerance.

Nachmun Gutman Museum, 21 Shim’on Rokah St., Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 351 619 70

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Haifa Museum of Art

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Haifa Museum of Art
Haifa Museum of Art | © Talmoryair/WikiCommons

Haifa Museum of Art

Northern Israel’s top contemporary art museum can be found at none other but the Haifa Museum of Art. It features an expansive international exhibition program, with new exhibits three times a year. A unique offering at the museum is its New Media Center Archive – the first Israeli library of video art. Don’t miss the current Warhol exhibit, showing how the great artist influenced Israeli art!

Haifa Museum of Art, ‪26 Shabtai Levi St., Haifa, Israel, +972 491 159 91

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nachlat Binyamin

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Nahalat Binyamin Market, Tel Aviv, (C) Photo Gallery Israeli Ministry Tourism/Flickr

Nachlat Binyamin

If you are an art lover visiting or living in Israel, odds are you want to take home a piece of creativity. The best place to do that is at Nachlat Binyamin, one of the biggest art markets in Israel. The fair is constantly evolving, with new designs by local Israeli artists. Check out the hand-made jewelry that will set you apart from the rest! Or even take home a custom new piece of Judaica. You’ll find yourself waiting all week for the two days it is open (Tuesday and Friday).

Nachlat Binyamin, Nachlat Binyamin St., Tel Aviv, Israel

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Dizengoff Antique Market

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PikiWiki Israel 8904 Dizengoff Square in Tel - Aviv
PikiWiki Israel 8904 Dizengoff Square in Tel - Aviv | © Yehudit Garinkol/WikiCommons

Dizengoff Antique Market

Twice a week, antique hunters have the chance to add something to their treasure collection at the Dizengoff Antique Market, which pops up in the city center. Explore the approximately 100 stands of art, crafts, and secondhand goods, ranging from vintage clothing to old paintings and retro home furnishings. The market is held on Tuesdays between 12:00 and 22:00, and on Fridays from 7:00 to 16:00.

Dizengoff Antique Market, 9 Kikar Dizengoff 5, Tel Aviv, Israel

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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market

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Jerusalem City Center
Jerusalem City Center | © Israeltourism/Flickr

Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market

Found in Jerusalem’s charming German Colony in a magical green garden of pine trees, is the weekly Farmer’s Market. Every Friday, The fair features the area’s finest artists and their glasswork, jewelry, Judaic items, and paintings. You can also stroll around and enjoy delicacies like wines and cheese. The custom-made products found here make it a great place to find a special treasure for someone, whether it is foodstuff or a gift. Either way, it will certainly be made with care and dedication.

Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, 12 Emek Refaim St., Jerusalem, Israel

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The Florentin Neighborhood

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Florentine, Tel Aviv, Art of Israel | © Harvey Sapir Pikiwiki Israel/WikiCommons

The Florentin Neighborhood

With a sister city in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, South Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood is the perfect place for all trendy art lovers. Come explore all the street art the city has to offer. Maybe even take a walking graffiti tour. You’ll want your cameras as you explore the expressive neighborhood lined with warehouses, cafés, and bars.

Florentin, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Artist Colony of Tzfat

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Safed Old City, Photo by Daphna Tal
Safed Old City, Photo by Daphna Tal | ©  Israeltourism/Flickr

Artist Colony of Tzfat

Explore the Northern Israel city of Tzfat (also known as Safed), with its breathtaking picturesque views, quaint alleyways, stone buildings, and blue painted doorways. This mystical city has attracted artists from all over Israel, especially Kabbalistic (Jewish mysticism) artists. In the artist colony, you can find silversmiths, cartoonists, candle and wax sculptures, mural painters, weavers and potters. Make sure to check out Safed Candles, the candle factory in Tzfat. Here you can take home a beeswax sculpture, or just marvel at them.

Tzfat, Israel

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