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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  • This is not a museum with artifacts but rather a movie that is shown over several intricately created sets through which the visitor walks. The dialogue of the movie is entirely in Hebrew and they pro...  more »
  • We had reservations (required) and this museum is less a "museum" than a trip into the past of Israel's origins and struggle for independence. Well presented. If you can only see one museum in Tel Avi...  more »
  • A short lived underground organization that was a major reason Israel exists today. Very well done story of their existence and what it meant to Israel’s survival.  more »
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  • Amazing place to visit and learn about the Palmach. Be sure to visit the photograph room. It's not pictures hanging on a wall. Its very special
  • 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
  • You MUST have a pre-arranged reservation and your passport to get through security and pay the ₪30 entrance fee. There is only the timed, guided tour through the museum that has been built into a military facility. The tour itself starts with a short speech from your guide, followed by a series of film projections in specially curated sets. The story follows a founding group's experiences through Independence and the subsequent Arab conflicts from the Isreali perspective as the Palmach transitions to the IDF. There is also a large collection of photographic artifacts and a small Café. Often there are vetrans that visit at the end of the tour for questions and photos.
  • 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.
  • Went there as a group and it was really informative ans interactive - great if you are interested in the subject. The guide was really great and answered all of our questions.

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