Independence Hall Museum, Tel Aviv

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One of the first buildings erected in Tel Aviv, Independence Hall Museum provided the setting for the signing of Israel's declaration of independence. Once the home of the city's first mayor, the building now serves as a memorial and museum to the historic signing event. Uncover the early days of Tel Aviv's history through a series of displays, leading to the Declaration Hall, where the State of Israel was officially declared in May of 1948. Recreated with artifacts and reconstructed articles, the hall exists exactly as it was during that pivotal moment, the voice of founding father David Ben-Gurion echoing through the space from an original recording. Tours are available in English. To visit Independence Hall Museum and get the most from your holiday in Tel Aviv, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tel Aviv trip maker tool .
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  • This is the kind of place people should only visit at the start of a visit to Israel. It takes an hour on one floor of the first house of Tel Aviv, symbolizing “old” and new (“spring”). Starting from ...  more »
  • The Museum is the actual place where Ben Gurion declared independence for Israel, so it is quite meaningful to be there. My family did not see the intro video but did listen to the Museum guide/docent...  more »
  • Very informative and in some ways moving. Shows the remarkable story of the events leading to the declaration of independence in 1948. Definitely should not be missed  more »
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  • The space is dedicated to a single event with a 24 NIS entry fee. There is a movie room, with a version available in English, that provides the historic context of the Israeli statehood movement. There is some art, photos, and a declaration, but it was difficult to determine which pieces were authentic or replications. The room itself has been recreated for the scene of the independence declaration, where tours are available in English.
  • Interesting historical site! The first answer is Alfred Dreyfuss, and then the second is Theodore Herzl.
  • Growing up in the 70's/80's, I wasn' aware of the specifics of how Israel came into being. The attack by 5 Arab nations on the very day of Israel's founding was amazing to learn about. Even more astounding was the world's silence and inaction in response. Visiting the Independence Hall Museum and the Palmach Museum was a remarkable way to put the pieces together and understand the personalities involved, their motivations and urgency. Learning how the scrappy, disparate remnants of the world's Jews that washed up on these shores, were able, finally, to take their destiny into their own hands. Learning about how this democracy was born, how need birthed dedication to the ideal, and that dedication birthed the reality, is fascinating. This experience is super-cool for a patriotic American interested in history, the democratic process, and what makes democracy and the rule of law special. Visiting the Independence Hall Museum is comparable to visiting Philadelphia in 1775 when the Declaration of Indepedence was drafted, except it was only 60 years ago so the events seem more palpable. Visited December 2016
  • It was so awesome and the girl who gave the tour Devorah was Awesome and AMAZING!! Must see in Tel Aviv.
  • Great and important place! The museum remembers the events that took place in the very same place in 1948. To stand in the place where HaTikva was played for the first time as the national anthem is very moving. The tour begins with an introduction about the history of the building and its part in Tel Aviv, followed by a movie. After the movie, you go into the main hall where Israel was declared Independent. From the professional tour guide perspective, this is a must see sight!

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