Eight days of Passover call for eight days of free time. With many places closed during the April holiday, it can be a struggle to find creative things to do in Israel to tie you and your children over. Bank Hapoalim has recognized the issue and come up with a creative solution to keep families satisfied through the long week with an explosion of Israeli culture. They're opening up 30 sites and museums in Israel to the public to enjoy beautiful and culturally stimulating exhibitions, and ALL FOR FREE! From the quirkiest museums in Israel, to Haifa's creative handful, to the must-visit art offerings in Jerusalem, here are some highlighted picks from the 30 options open to the Passover public.
Hours and days of operation of all sites will be posted HERE
Museums in Israel open this Passover free of charge
Gracing the walls of this museum are Israel’s most comprehensive collections of modern, contemporary, and Israeli art. The museum boasts an impressive collection of the old masters, diverse temporary exhibitions, displays of photography, design & architecture, a performance hall, and a beautiful, calming sculpture garden to wander around or relax in. When visiting, don’t miss the newest addition to the museum, the Herta and Paul Amir Building, which was designed by professor Preston Scott Cohen. Built around a spiraling, 90-foot high atrium, the Herta and Paul Amir Building is an architectural wonder. The interior space provides a unique setting for the display of contemporary art, a center for architecture, and a gallery.
The Yitzhak Rabin Center is dedicated to advancing the legacy of late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. The Center presents his life and tragic death as well as the history of Israel. Its mission is to ensure that Israel remains committed to open dialogue, democratic value, Zionism, and social cohesion. Guests can also enjoy the Israeli Museum, located at the Center. Here, visitors explore the history and making of the state through short documentaries and exhibition halls. The Yitzhak Rabin Center is a must-visit for any history buff or lover of the State of Israel.
The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art addresses a multitude of genres, including painting, photography and architecture with a special emphasis on installation and digital media. Four exhibitions are held each year, comprising 50 solos showcasing the work of veteran and up-and-coming artists and their relation to current events.
The Haifa City Museum, located among the impressive Templar buildings of the city's German Quarter, primarily addresses history, urban life, identity, and multinationality. Exhibitions deal with issues of relevance to Haifa's diverse population, tracing its development from the Ottoman period until today.
Haifa Museum is located in an historic 1930s building at the axis connecting Haifa’s Muslim, Christian, and Jewish neighborhoods. Three floors display works by artists from Israel and the world, including Daumier, Chagall, Chana Orloff, and Andre Masson as well as temporary exhibitions and video installations.
Katzrin Park in the Golan Heights is a time capsule affording visitors the chance to experience what life was like for Jews living during the Talmudical/ Byzantine periods (3rd – 6th centuries.) The preserved village contains an impressive ancient synagogue. A combined ticket (for an extra 2 NIS) gets you access to the highly recommended Golan Archeological Museum which houses antiquities such as Roman-era coins and rare Byzantine lintels.
Nestled between tall bamboo, this museum is dedicated to art from the Land of the Rising Sun, showcasing a broad cross-section of both traditional and modern Japanese prints and paintings. Due to the delicate nature of Japanese craftsmanship, which is sensitive to light and weather, exhibits change frequently.
Since its erection in 1983, the Janco-Dada Museum has kept an impressive collection from Marcel Janco’s personal works of display. Appropriately situated in the middle of the Ein Hod Artists’ Village, established thirty years earlier in response to Janco’s efforts to promote the arts, the museum’s intention is to preserve and promote the revolutionary artist’s vision. On top of its three galleries and multimedia video floor, the DadaLab offers an interactive activity space that gives visitors the chance to get a feel for Dadaism through collage, assemblage, performance art and other mixed media. A picturesque village and an even more picturesque museum, there is no better place to understand the magic behind the mind of Marcel Janco than in the exact place he perfected his chef-d’ouevres.