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  • If you love art then a visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is well worth it. It is the largest museum in Israel, meaning there is a lot of art, history, and talent all stored under that roof.

    Tel Aviv is well known for having a wide range of activities designed to keep the tourists coming in their millions annually. However, out of all the popular attractions in Tel Aviv, a visit to the museum is the only time you are guaranteed to walk out after seeing something you have never seen before.

    If you are ready to take a break from the endless party atmosphere of the Tel Aviv nightclubs and bars, maybe it's time to wind down and take a trip to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
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    Photo: Dana Friedlander

    Nice To Meet You: Israel’s Largest Art Museum

    Founded in 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is well known for being the largest in all of Israel. However, there is a lot more to this special attraction than simply its size. It’s home to some of the most beautiful and unique works of art the world has ever seen.

    The Tel Aviv Museum of Art houses artwork from some very well-known and respected figures in the art world, such as Alberto Giacometti and David Polonsky. Both local and international artists have been welcomed to the museum to showcase their talent.

    It has certain exciting pieces of art that are kept as permanent exhibitions for the public to enjoy for years to come. Upcoming artists who have limited exhibition experience also have some of their pieces displayed in temporary exhibitions.

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    As we said, the Museum was founded in 1932, by Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. It was a part of his dream for Tel Aviv to become a bustling and modern metropolitan. This dream certainly came true, considering how big and vibrant the city has become.

    A collection for the Museum was started, which included works by Ury Lesser, Mané Katz, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, and Chana Orloff, as well as other art on loan from 32 other artists.

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    Photo:Dana Friedlander

    Top 10 Exhibits You Must Visit in 2023

    There are lots of exciting exhibitions to see at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, but the following are the ones you cannot afford to miss out on:

    Shira Zelwer: Gathering of Birds

    This exhibit comprises 400 birds made of wax and was the recipient of the 2021 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art. If you want to witness the beauty of nature captured in the splendor of different kinds of bird life, this exhibit will give you that.

    The Modern Art Exhibition

    Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the School of Paris are the three main components of this exquisite exhibit. Here, the key figures of modern art are brought together for you to enjoy the true nature of what artistic talent is all about.

    The Sculpture Garden

    Sitting right outside the Museum walls is its famous Sculpture Garden. This collection of wonderful sculptures by world-famous artists is one of the biggest attractions at the museum. It comprises famous works, such as Sigalit Landau’s Cry Boy, Cry, and Belu Simion Fainaru’s  Milah (A Sculpture for the Blind).

    Material Imagination: Israeli Art From the Museum’s Collection

    Material imagination is a must-see collection that celebrates the amazing artistic talents of Israeli artists, such as Sionah Tagger, the creator of the famous painting Girl in Yellow in 1925.

    Helena Rubinstein’s Miniature Rooms |A History of Beauty

    Miniature Rooms is one of the crowd favorites at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Visitors both young and old flock to the small pristine rooms to marvel at the beauty, proportions, and attention to detail that went into creating these tiny rooms.

    European Art in the 16th Through 19th Centuries

    If you love the art that came out of Europe from the 16th to the 19th century, you cannot pass the opportunity of seeing some of the finest works from that period all displayed under one roof.

    Bridget Riley: To the Point

    How about something a little different from what you usually see every day? Your definition of art will be tested when you gaze upon the wonderful work of Bridget Riley, specifically one of her most famous pieces entitled “To the point.”

    The Future, 2014 Elmgreen & Dragset

    If you do not mind seeing the possibility of a very grim and desolate future as imagined by Elmgreen and Dragset, their works, displayed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, are certainly eye-openers.

    Alberto Giacometti: Studio-world

    Alberto Giacometti needs no introduction. His works are famous the world over and it's no surprise that such a rich and diverse museum would have his art on display.

    Illustrations: David Polonsky

    Another noteworthy artist who has made a permanent home for his work at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is David Polonsky. His work, Illustrations, is on permanent display for visitors to enjoy.

    Useful Information

    The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is located at The Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center; 27 Shaul HaMelech Blvd. Opening hours are from 10 am every day except Sunday when the Museum is closed.

    It costs about $15 for a regular entrance ticket, with various discounts being offered for disabled and elderly patrons. Soldiers, museum members, and children under the age of 18 years old qualify for free entry.


    Are you ready to experience one of the best attractions in Tel Aviv? Visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on your next visit to that vibrant city and you will walk away a little wiser than when you arrived.

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    Photo: Dana Friedlander