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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  • Not many beautiful Museum. Boats and ships of all time. Sessions during the holidays. Worth a visit. The cashier wouldn't hurt to be more user-friendly for visitors but besides great.
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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • An excellent museum, especially for those interested in the history of sailing. Many of the models displayed were built based on pictures and descriptions found in ancient documents, which I found fascinating. Many artifacts found in the Mediterranean Sea off Israel's coast attest to the area's developed trading routes in ancient times. Highly recommended. And if you are a senior citizen, you can get in for only 10NIS per person on Tuesdays. It's quite a bargain.
  • Small yet great maritime museum. The museum shows the history of maritime since about 3000bc till these days. Most of what is shown is Greek, Roman and Phoenician. My favorite thing is the battle ram of a greek ram warship. It is about 2500 years old and preserved in an impeccable condition. The museum has changing exhibitions as well as fixed ones. Recommended.
  • We spent nearly five hours at this museum. It is both professionally and emotionally on a very high level. Highly recommended for any crowd and for families. Mixture of indoor exhibits and multimedia and outdoor authentic naval equipment including an actual submarine you can enter and explore. All this for peanuts.
  • The museum has a very interesting collection, but it has seen better days. The models of boats/ships from the most ancient up to (almost) the present day are of high quality. The pirates section provides interest for children. Adults will specially enjoy the Lod mosaic which is on display until some time in 2018. For a children's outing this should probably be combined with a visit to the Navy and Illegal Immigration museum with its "real" boats and submarine that is just next door.
  • Great, but small place. The museum has lots of information about marine history and archeology of Mediterranean sea and beyond. Recommended for adults and school aged kids

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