If you are interested in Israeli's military history, visiting the Palmach Museum is a perfect choice. This museum is focused on the story of the Palmach, from its establishment in 1941 until the end of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. Located in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rahmat Aviv, Palmach Museum is a museum that tells the history of an elite army unit in the Hagana military organization. Established in 2000, the Palmach Museum shows the exciting history of the Palmach unit in an innovative and personal format that let visitors experience what it was like to be part of the formation of the Jewish state. The Palmach Museum is an underground series of multi-media experience chambers, starting with a memorial for the fallen. It was designed to be experiential rather than passive.
The Palmach Museum can be reached by a short walk from the Eretz Israel Museum.
Tour a Museum Without Artifacts
The Palmach Museum brings to life an important part of Israeli modern history, especially its struggle for independence, which is a secret of Jewish army. Groups of 25 visitors will move from room to room. There are no displays or documents behind glass cases. Visitors will be led by a multimedia presentation that features members of the fighting forces. Travelling the museum that will be presented in Hebrew for 90 minutes, English (as well as Russian, Spanish, and French) speakers will be provided with a translation through headphones. It provides translations into other languages. The tour begins and end in Palmach Memorial Room, which memorializes real members of the Palmach who died while fighting for Israel's independence.
The Palmach House
Palmach Museum is a highly experiential museum that is housed in Palmach House. On the second floor, there are a library, archive and Palmach Photo Gallery. The archive contains personal collections of Palmach members that were donated by their families or collected from various sources. Another interesting collection that only can be viewed in the archive are facilities for viewing video films/DVDs. The Palmach Information Center will help you to answer all of your questions. It is the place to go to learn about the struggle against the British, the role of female Palmach members, the military nature of the Palmach and much more. In the Palmach House courtyard is a dairy café that offers sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, candy, ice cream, toasts and pastries. You can order food and refreshment in advance for various events held on Palmach House grounds.
The Palmach Library
Visit a library is also a good idea. The Palmach House Library includes more than 2000 books, booklets and articles. Books are divide into some classifications: General and Reference books; Haganah Organization; British in Palestine; Palmach – General; Special Palmach Units; Youth Movements; Hachsharot; Settlement; Palyam; War of Independence; Palmach during the War of Independence; Biographies; Autobiographies and Memoirs; Pamach Commanders; Literature about the Palmach and by Palmach authors; Poetry; Commemoration and Remembrance; Yitzhak Sade Prize; Art; Resistance Movements; Etzel and Lechi; Jerusalem; Deceased members; Settlements at War; Pilots; Songs; Books in the Memorial Room. The Majority of books were published in Hebrew.
The Palmach Photo Gallery
The Palmach Photo Gallery is one of the top things to visit in this museum. It displays over 30,000 photographs in display room. It is located next to the museum's café. It consists of various periods, of Palmach units, companies, battalions and brigades, special units, the battles of the War of Indepedence, illegal immigration ships, and many other subjects related to the folkloreof the Palmach, its people and its units. The album also can be viewed in the internet site.
How to Get Tickets?
The museum is opened throughout the week with the exception of Saturdays and holidays. Doors open at 9 a.m. every day. You can purchase your tickets by cash or by check only. Entrance fee : 25 NIS (New Israeli Sheqel) for adults and 15 NIS (New Israeli Sheqel) for school children and pensioners. For more information, visit the Palmach Museum's website.
How To Get Around?
It must be pre-arranged to visit the Palmach Museum. The tour is carried out in groups of up to 25 people, even individuals visitors will be pre-arranged into groups, lead by a guide. That's why, your visit must be scheduled prior to your arrival. The tour is open to visitors aged six and above.
What Should I Wear?
You should wear anything comfortable depending on the weather and time of the year. Very few Israeli women wear shorts, whereas Israeli men dress casually. Take a light weight skirt that reaches below the knee and modest short sleeve top. A large scarf that will cover your arms is preferable. It's also very hot in the daytime, so don't forget to bring hats and extra shirt.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No need to use any guide, because you can find information on this site. A guided tour of this museum leads you through three-dimensional exhibits that depict scenes from the Palmach's history.
How To Get There?
It is very easy as it is walkable and it offers a wide range of public transportation to get there. Palmach Museum can be reached by train, bus, taxi and car. The best way to get from Tel Aviv Airport (TLV) to Palmach Museum is train that operated by Israel Railways. It is the cheapest way which takes 39 minutes. The driving distance between Tel Aviv Airport (TLV) to Palmach Museum is 26 km. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive by car.