Tel Aviv’s many museums, both large and small, are also worth more than a passing mention. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which inaugurated a new wing recently, is a major fine arts museum. An international meeting place for all the arts - painting, sculpture photography, design, architecture, music, and cinema - it houses the best of Israeli art, classical paintings, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, 20th-century Modern Masters and over 20,000 prints and drawings. Elsewhere in the city, in what has come to be known as Tel Aviv’s “Museum Mile,” the Eretz Israel Museum is a multi-disciplinary facility focusing on the history and culture of the Land of Israel through an array of extensive permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibits in archeology, ethnography, folklore, Judaica, cultural history and local identity, traditional crafts and practical arts. The Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Beth Hatefutsoth) tells the story of the Jewish people from the time of their expulsion from the Land of Israel about 2500 years ago, to the present. History, tradition Jewish heritage in all parts of the world are brought to life in murals, reconstructions, dioramas, audio-visual displays, documentary films and interactive multi-media presentations. The Palmach Museum is an interactive facility that documents the history of Israel’s primary pre-Independence paramilitary units. A permanent exhibition focuses on foreign volunteers during that period.
The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak rabin Center, explores the development
of the State of Israel as a young democracy, paralleling developments in the life of the former Israel Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in Tel Aviv, in 1995, with those of the British Mandate Land of Israel and the State of Israel that followed it, against a background of significant events that occurred all over the world during those years.
Located in Holon, a “stone’s throw” from Tel Aviv, the Design Museum, with an exterior made of sinuous bands of varying shades of COR-TEN (weathered steel) wrapping the building in
waves that curve all around, was designed by architect and über-designer Ron Arad and is a display of design in its own right.
In addition to these, other museums in Tel Aviv and vicinity focus on topics ranging from the Olympic experience, to the proclamation of Israel’s independence, to local artists of world renown, to caricature and comics, banking, diamonds, the history of Israeli theater, the history of the city, and many more topics.