Go and visit somewhere new this Yom Haatzmaut! Here are 69 places opening their doors for free on Israel’s 69th birthday! May 2nd 2017.

The South:

1.Nitzanim – One of the toughest battles in the Independence War happened here. Tours leave on the hour from 9-13:00. Book your place 08-6727895 shikmim@spni.org.il

2. The Open Museum at Negba – Tours on the hour at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 050-5560554 meir_mindel2@walla.co.il

3. Ben Gurion’s Hut is offering a unique and free event where you can sign your name on Israel’s declaration of Independence!! 08-6560469

4.Holocaust Museum at Yad Mordechai – hear about battles and rebellions 08-6720599 http://tym.co.il/

5.Water and Security Museum at Nir Am – 050-5709042 outsiderprod@gmail.com

6.The Stronghold against Gaza at Kibbutz Saad- Learn about the first religious Jews who settled in the Negev, in the last remaining building since the War of Independence. 052-4803030 maoz@saad.org.il

7.Jo Alon Bedouin Center – 8:30-15:00 with two guided tours at 10:00 and 13:00 . 08-9913394 office@joealon.org.il

8.Mitzpe Revivim – Mitzpe Revivim tells the fascinating tale of the southernmost Jewish outpost during early settlement days. It played a strategic, clandestine role in the early defense of the Negev. Enter its Byzantine caves, which once served as command bunker and field hospital. Walk through its restored fort, climb its lookout tower, run through its trenches, search for its hidden weapons cache, learn its secret communication methods, and view its WWII-era Dakota C-47 and Piper Cub planes. 10:00-14:00 08-6562638 mitzpe. revivim@gmail.com

9.The Yoav Fortress –  a heritage center as well as an historic monument of The Givati Brigade. 9:00-14:00 08-6611316. mail@givati.org.il

The Train Yard Engine 70414 in Beer Sheva

10.The Train Yard Engine 70414 in Beer Sheva– A quaint museum on the original rail tracks of the Turkish line set up in 1915. Call to arrange tours.08-6234613  info@katar70414.org.il 

11.Wells at Kibbutz Alumim – tiyulim@alumim.co.il 08-9937106

Jerusalem and the surrounding areas:

12.Old Yishuv Court Museum – 02-6276319 Tours on the hour

13.Ammunition Hill – In addition to the usual site there will be an omega and ropes course for an extra fee. info@g-h.org.il  02-5829393

14.Yellin House – 02 5345443 ruth@shimur.org.il

15.Gush Etzion Visitor’s Center – book on to a tour 02-9935160 orkoli@kfar-etzion.co.il

16.Tower of David Museum – 10:00-16:00 Take a map or discover the story of Jerusalem with guiding throughout the museum, enjoy a journey in Israeli song at music stations throughout the Citadel and end the visit by joining and entertaining encounter with historical characters and memorable songs of Jerusalem.

Yellin House

17.Museum of Underground Prisoners – Open 10:00-17:00 Hamachtarot_Jerusalem@mod.gov.il 02-6233166

18.Shai Agnon House – 02-6716498 office@agnonhouse.org.il They recommend calling to register a place.

19.The Menachem Begin Center – 02-5652020 lironbm@begincenter.org.il

20.Latrun

Latrun

21.Sites in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City including:

The Hurva Synagogue

The Herodian Quarter

22.Beit Levi Eshkol – An interactive experience for the whole family. Need to register 02-6313091

Tel Aviv & Center:

23.Independence Hall – 03-5173942 indbook@gmail.com

24.Yitzchak Rabin Museum – you must book a place 03-7453358

25.Ben Gurion’s House – 03-5221010 info@bg-house.org

26.The Jabotinksky Museum – 03-5287320 museum@jabotinsky.org

27.Joseph Bau House – There will be tours, workshops and a children’s art activity. 054-4301499 josephbau@hotmail.com

28.Rokach House – 5168042–03  info@rokach-house.co.il

29.Sarona Visitor’s Center – Book a place 03-6048434 saronabook@shimur.org.il

30.Israel Defense Forces History Museum – 9:00-16:00 03-5172913  toldot_zahal_museum@mod.gov.il

31.Etzel Museum – 03-5253307 Etzel_museum@mod.gov.il

32.Hagana museum – Open 9:00-16:00 03-5608624 hagana_museum@mod.gov.il

33.Lechi Museum – 03-6820288  lehi_museum@mod.gov.il

34.Etzel Museum Tashach (1948) – 9:00-16:00 03-5172044 etzel48_museum@mod.gov.il

35.Nachum Gutman Museum

36.Husmasa Museum, Holon – 03-5050425 museum@holonet.org.il

37.Mikve Yisrael Visitor’s Center – 03-5030489 orly@shimur.org.il

38.Rishon Lezion Museum – 03-9598862 rlzmuseum@gmail.com

39.Moshava Museum, Mazkeret Batya – 08-9349525 museum@mazkeret-batya.muni.il

40.Ayalon Institute (Bullet Factory) – 9:00-16:00. Last tour at 15:00. You must reserve. 08-9406552

41. Netanya City Museum – museum.netanya@gmail.com 09-8840020

42. Beit Hagedudim Museum – hagdudim_museum@mod.gov.il  09-8822212

The North:

43.The Shomer Museum – 8:00-16:00. No need to reserve – they give you a sheet explaining what to do/see 04-6941565 hashomer_museum@mod.gov.il

44.Chatzer Tel Chai – 10:00-15:00 tours every half an hour. Reserve a place 04-6951333 telhai@galil-elion.org.il

45.Biriah Fortress – Open 9:00-17:00 with guided tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 02 6922433, metzudab@kkl.org.il

46.Reconstruction site Rosh Pina – Open 10:00-14:00. Two special tours. 04-6936913 shichzur@netvision.net.il

47.Chatzer Kinneret – Great for families and children, with actors of famous historical fugures. At 1:00, 12:00 and 14:00. 04-6709117 h.kineret@gmail.com

48.Naharayim BaGesher – Open 9:00-16:00. Well shaded. Two guided tours by foot over to the view of the Jordanian Border at 11:00 and 12:30. 04-6752685

49.Palmach Cave – Watch a film and learn about how this cave became the headquarters for the Palmach. Also there, you can do the Shvil Hachidot – a hike that you follow to find rock which have questions on them about the Palmach period. Also there is a challenge area for the whole family based on Palmach codes.  Tours on the hour from 10:00-15:00.  04-9898946 ,052-4471109 yesha@mh.org.il

50.The historical Police Station in Nehalal – Tours at 9:00, 11:00 and 15:00 04-6415073 nahalal@shimur.org.il

51.The ‘slik’ in Nehalal – Open 9:00-15:00 with tours on the hour. 052-3347194

52.Reut Museum – Open 10:00-16:00. Tours are an hour, every hour. 04-6432810 hareut@shimur.org.il

53.Chaim Sturman House – 04-6486328 shturman@en-harod.org

54.Beit Hame’iri, Tzfat – Open 10:00-15:00 with tours on the hour. A great museum of nostalgia, of Tzfat from 200 years ago until today. 04-6971307

55. The Valley Museum – A museum about the pioneers of Israel. yifmuseu@yifat.org.il 04-6548974

56.Hanita Museum – Lovely children’s booklet and craft activity. 04-9859677 museum@hanita.co.il

57.The Kfar Yehoshua Emek Train Station Visitor Center – Open 9:00-14:00.  04-9534226 rachelh@shimur.org.il

58.Atlit Detention Center – There will be tours on the boat. You must book a place 04-9841980

59.Otzarot Hachoma Museum, Acre – Open 10:00-16:00. Suitable for the whole family. 04-9911004

60.Acre Underground Prisoners museum – Open 9:00-16:00. Tours on the hour. 04-9911375 Hmakko_Museum@mod.gov.il

61.Beit Fisher in Kiryat Ata – Open 9:00-14:00.

62.The First Aliya Museum in Zichron Yaakov – Open 10:00-16:00, Bring your cameras for a guided tours with historical personalities. 04-6294777  museum@zy1882.co.il

63.The Chan and Feinberg House -04-6343296 info@nhlhadera.co.il

64. Haifa Museums:

Haifa City Museum – 04-9115888 curator@hcm.org.il

65.The National Maritime Museum – Children’s workshops, see ships, dress up 04-8536622 curator@nmm.org.il

66.Hermann Struck Museum –   04-9127090 curator@shm.org

67.Etzel Museum in Shoni – 052-8330177

68.Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum– 04-8537672, 072-2798030 haapala.mus@gmail.com

69. Zemach Train Station – zemachtrain@kinneret.ac.il

 

For more details see the Israeli Heritage website.

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