The best museums in Israel

Take a break from the blazing sun to go on a cultural field-trip to the most inspiring museums in the country

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While it's a challenge to round up the top museums in Israel, we accepted the task. Ranging from reigning establishments like the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, to more experimental and quirky museums in Israel like the Design Museum Holon, which features top Israeli fashion, these institutions are among the top Israel attractions, especially when looking for things to do in Israel on a rainy day. These venues offer inspiring encounters with art, history, science and Israeli culture. Feeling artsy? Let us also point you to some of the best Israeli art galleries for some additional inspiration.

Israel's must-see museums

Holon Children's Museum © Shay Ben Efraim

Holon Children's Museum


Purpose-built for kids, this museum offers a range of activities for kids aged 2-12. Unlike conventional museums, children are encouraged to touch all of the displays, and even play a role in the exhibits. Not-to-be-missed are the famous 'Dialogue in the Dark' and 'Invitation to Silence' exhibits, two experiences that provide emotional and telling insight into the worlds of blind and deaf people.

Beit Hatfutsot
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Museums, History

Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Using murals, reconstructions, dioramas, audio-visual displays, documentary films, and interactive multimedia presentations, Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose, and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.

Museum of Bat Yam
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Museums, Art and design

MoBY: Museum of Bat Yam

Bat Yam

The greater Tel Aviv-Jaffa metropolitan area is scattered with galleries and museums. Among these are the Museums of Bat Yam. The MoBY is separated into three spaces operating in the heart of Bat Yam: the David Ben-Ari Museum for Contemporary Art (main building displaying temporary exhibits, community programs and academic conferences), the Rybak House and the Sholem Asch Museum (home to the MoBY’s permanent collection). From addressing globalism in “The Kids Want Communism” to an exhibition featuring the works of local Bat Yam artists, the three-museum complex will surely captivate the most curious art enthusiasts.  

Herzliya Museum, Courtesy of PF
Museums, Art and design

Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art


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.

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