Located in south Tel-Aviv, just before Jaffa, the IDF History Museum is a very good choice to visit. The museum is an indoor / outdoor complex housing many military vehicle, weapons and artifacts. It is a very hands-on experience as you are able to see and touch just about everything. Younger kids will no doubt enjoy climbing on tanks, artillery and armored personel carriers. Excellent photo opportunities.
The museum is divided by about 13 pavilions, by subject. For example, one Pavillion is dedicated to weapons made and imported during the War of Independence; another for weapons captured from terrorists; tanks, artillery and armored vehicles. There are also pavilions like the one dedicated to the Ministers of Defence during Israel's history; engineering corps; IDF brigades and so on.
The exhibits are well marked, and most of them have English descriptions. The museum is designed to stroll through at your own pace, and you can focus on any pavilion or exhibit in detail or get the general sense of things in others, as you see fit. There were a lot of exhibits to study, pleasing any military history enthusiast. I would budget about 2 hours.
I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone visiting Tel-Aviv.
It is part of a multi military museum circuit, that you can purchase a one price pass that will also include some other military history museums in Tel-Aviv. Since we visited virtually all of the museums on the pass, it was a good value for us. The pass is available at the ticket window of this and the other museums on the circuit.
I feel compelled to mention as a service to readers, to not follow the directions suggested by Google Maps. We wasted some time being directed through the scruffy neighborhoods behind the museum. The entrance is off the parking lot facing the mediterranean coast, accessible via Kauffmann Blvd. You will avoid our time wasting and frustration, and get straight to the museum :)
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