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 36 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 10 highlighted picks from the 36 options open to the Passover public.
Free sites will be open during the intermediate days of Passover: Apr 12-13 (full days), Apr 14 & 16 (half-days)
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.
Meticulously curated exhibits display the utmost of thoughtful and esteemed contemporary works. Famed architect Ron Arad's winding spiral of modernity encompasses one of Israel’s most stand-out venues for progressive art and design. A short drive from downtown Tel Aviv, it's definitely worth the visit.
The Petach Tikva Museum of Art mentors young artists while giving veterans who haven't had their works exhibited in a museum the chance to shine. Even though it was opened back in 1964, the museum has a young spirit and aims to question traditional conventions and break down boundaries between different artistic mediums. As well as housing exhibitions, the museum fosters dialogues through artist meetings, lectures, and interdisciplinary conferences.
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.
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.
Dedicated to shipping on the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the banks of the Nile, the museum’s permanent exhibition showcases everything from maritime art to mythology of the sea. Sea lovers will fawn over the impressive collection of model ships, underwater archaeological discoveries like coins, seals, and clay vessels.
Covering seminal events in Jewish history, the museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt, Canaan, Syria, Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Persia. Exhibits are arranged in chronological order granting the visitor a clear understanding of how various cultures evolved and interacted with one another.
In addition to showcasing one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Islamic art and antique timepieces, this museum is dedicated to closing the cultural divide between Israel’s Jewish and Muslim populations. Especially worth seeing are the samples of Persian tiling, Indian Moghul miniatures, and an informative section on Arabic calligraphy.