Palmach Museum, Tel Aviv

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Palmach Museum commemorates the role of the Palmach, the elite combat force of the "Haganah," the underground army of the Jewish residents of the British Mandate in Palestine before the establishment of the state of Israel. The striking modern building was designed by Israeli architects Zvi Hecker and Rafi Segal, and contains the exhibit, laid out over several rooms in a display that integrates video, artifacts, and documents with personal narrative history. Visitors must arrange in advance to join one of the group tours through the museum, which are offered in multiple languages and last 90 minutes. Use our Tel Aviv trip planner to add Palmach Museum and other attractions to your Tel Aviv vacation plans.
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  • Ideal place to kick off Israel your if you’ve never been. Israel is an unbelievable place to visit to see historical sites and connect with faith. But to really understand the modern country, you shou...  more »
  • Blown away by this museum. So original and informative. Great presentation for all ages. Each room was like a stage set with live characters portraying events as they were  more »
  • very visual and interesting muesum - walking through different rooms each one showing a different aspect of the Palmach - the pre-state organization which is the base for today's Israeli Army. Many mo...  more »
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  • 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 Palmach Museum and Independence Hall, and learning about the Palmach was a remarkable way to put the pieces together and understand 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. Now I understand better the determination required to make this happen. I also understand better what makes Israeli's different - how each of them is responsible for their nation's security and well being. In the days of the Palmach, they were responsible, each of them, for it's birth. Fascinating to anyone interested in history, no matter your polical or religious perspective. Visited December 2016
  • Don’t miss this museum if you want to learn about the history of modern Israel. This is different than the Independence Museum, though. Know exactly which one you want, or you will confuse hotel concierges and taxi drivers.
  • Interactive. Great for children and visitors who don't usually like history museums
  • Provides a good deal of info on the Palmach, and the format is somewhat unique but to the extent that it takes awat a little from the message... I still can't figure you why the last room has a rotating floor... Aside from that, be sure not to miss the photo collection in the opposite building after your tour.
  • Very special place for Jewish people. Must visit .

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