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“A True Commentary on Tel Aviv” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of the History of Tel Aviv

Museum of the History of Tel Aviv
27 Bialik, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Ranked #49 of 103 Attractions in Tel Aviv
Type: Museums
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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“A True Commentary on Tel Aviv”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

When I went to Beit Bialik, I was only planning on visiting one museum that day, but when offered to purchase admission for Beit HaIr, I thought to myself "Why not?" It was hot, and air conditioned museums are a great cure for August, even though I had really only scheduled time for Chaim's house.

I'm glad I made the time.

As another repurposed building museum (this one from the original Tel Aviv City Hall), the multiple floors of this building cover the multiple layers and generations of Tel Aviv. There are portions of this museum that are preserved or restored (such as Mayor Meir Dizengoff's office, still there with his Burberry trench coat). This museum does a great job of blending history with modern life, viewed through multiple exhibits that places the modern Tel Aviv in history; through photographs of Tel Aviv throughout time or a collection of journal entries of assorted residents, this museum makes a point of writing Tel Aviv's history as it records it.

Any visitor that has found their way to Beit Bialik owes it to themselves to step out of the sun and into this museum as well; take some time out of the Tel Aviv heat, and spend it with its history.

Visited August 2013
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“If you have nothing else to do - see this”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Not much to see. Old photos and the tiles are nice but the Cartoon Characters on the windows did not match the museum.

Visited May 2014
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“Unexpected!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

It's a bit tricky to find in the labyrinth of tiny streets, but once you find it you will be charmed by the small secret square with fountains and flowers. One of the cute buildings there - grey ex-city hall - is the museum you're looking for. The tickets are pretty expensice but the give good discounts to students, so bring your international student card if possible.

As soon as I entered I was surprised that out of 4 floors in the museum 70% were dedicated to the gay-culture of Tel-Aviv.

As for the history of the city, the most interesting is the ground floor, with family photos from the citizens' archives, portraying life in Tel-Aviv starting from the middle of the 20th century. There are also computers where you can watch chronics and tv programs (all in Hebrew), as well as more photos. Upstairs you will seу almost unchanged office of the Tel-Aviv first Mayor.

I wouldn't name it as a must-see place, but it was fun.

Visited March 2013
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“multifaceted exhibitions in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

The museum is in TA's former city hall anchors a complex of museums that include the Bialik and Rivlin house museums. It contains sophisticated exhibitions of the history of the city as well as Mayor Dizengoff's restored office. There are also galleries that display rotating exhibitions of local and foreign artists and designers. Everything has been done to the highest standard and the museum as well as the neighborhood are well worth a wonder around.

Across the street at 21 Bialik is the home of cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder which operates a small Bauhaus museum (not to be confused with the one on Dizengoff) on the ground floor which contains furniture and other objects from the era. It is supposed to be open on Wednesdays from 11-5 and Fridays from 10-2. Unfortunately, you can't count on whomever the Lauders hired to open the place to be there during those limited hours. There is frequently a handwritten note posted on the door indicating that they have closed early. Call before you make as special trip.

Phone: 03/620-4664

Visited May 2012
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