National Maritime Museum, Haifa

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The National Maritime Museum is a maritime and archaeological museum in Haifa, Israel.The museum was founded in 1953, based on the private collection of its founder and first director, Aryeh Ben- Eli. In 1972, the museum moved to its current premises near the northern beachhead of Mount Carmel, between Stella Maris and Bat Galim neighborhoods. Nearby are the Israeli Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum and the Cave of Elijah.The Marine Workshop of the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, affiliated with the University of Haifa is located at the museum. The workshop provides professional diving and field surveying services for field research conducted at the institute.Archaeological finds on permanent display at the museum include the Athlit Ram, a bronze ram of a 2nd-century BCE warship.
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  • July 10, 2017
    A lovely museum devoted to Israeli maritime history, both before and after the State's rebirth. A fine collection of archaeological relics, modern exhibits about Israel's development of a significant ...  more »
  • May 24, 2017
    Just a few metres from the clandestine immigration and Naval Museum, this Museum, established in 1953 based on the private collection of the Museum's founder and first Director, Aryeh Ben-Eli. In 1972 the Museum moved to its current location. At the Museum you will find permanent and seasonal exhibitions dealing lifestyle, sea of sailors, ships and boats, and the Mediterranean ports and the maritime history of 20th century Hebrew. The Museum has the one of the largest archaeological collections in the country, including among other items issued from the ocean, marine art, ancient Greek coins, anchors-Roman, scientific instruments (of the Landau). There is no buffet.
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  • May 23, 2017
    Very interesting, 2 floors with lots of objects and accessories in connection with the sea. Some examples of ships throughout history and how development is used and all kinds of tools, utilities, maps, compasses, etc. We went without training and although it was very interesting to watch. I'm sure that with this training even more interesting and enriching. The Museum indoors and thus can be all weather, also for families and small children-child objects there will look at them, and is also suitable for amateur adults knowledge and history:) Enjoyed very much! And left me more, I think we can trust to name a few times and it won't be boring. Highly recommend!
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  • April 19, 2017
    Small but interesting museum. Well maintained and appropriate for kids. No more than 2 hours.
  • July 4, 2017
    Impressive exhibitions dealing with the naval history of the region - social, archeological and commercial points of view
  • April 16, 2017
    Recommended to check activities times if you come with kids. This one is mostly for kids anyway.
  • January 30, 2017
    There's a good collection of local maritime archeology, and a fun collection inspired by the pirating world. But you still can tell it's a low budget museum overall.
  • June 22, 2017
    I love the miniatures of the ships

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