The Yitzhak Rabin Center

The Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv: Hours, Address, The Yitzhak Rabin Center Reviews: 4.5/5

The Yitzhak Rabin Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Yitzhak Rabin Center is the official memorial dedicated to the legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. This must-see destination in Tel Aviv includes one of Israel’s newest museums, the state-of-the-art Israeli Museum, which is the only one of its kind in the country that explores the history and development of the modern democratic State using the biography of Yitzhak Rabin as a connecting thread. The compelling story of the modern state of Israel, the life of Yitzhak Rabin, along with internationally acclaimed architecture and breathtaking panoramic views of the city from its terraces, make the Yitzhak Rabin Center a must see destination for anyone visiting Israel. It can’t be missed! Tours are offered in English, Hebrew, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian.
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mhNew York
New York City, NY435 contributions
Jul 2020
The Rabin Museum is well worth a visit, when you are visiting Tel Aviv. It is a handsomely designed structure, a bit out of the way in northern Tel Aviv (Ramat Aviv), but close to other museums and also to the University of Tel Aviv. The museum combines in its presentation the biography and impressive career of Yitzhak Rabin with the story of the establishment of the State of Israel and its wars and quests for peace. Rabin is a central figure in this story and the museum does an excellent job of achieving its goal, while also shedding important light on the plight of the Palestinians and the rise of the right wing in Israeli politics and the challenges, successes, failures, and termination of the peace process. It is mostly a sobering and fair account of what has transpired over the last so many decades.
Written July 9, 2020
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Richard K
Pittsburgh, PA113 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
The Yitzhak Rabin Center is a different museum than the typical museum of Israeli history. First of all, it assumes the visitor has a good overview of Israeli history including domestic issues, and of the pre-state Jewish community (the Yishuv) in Palestine. It is really designed for Israeli students and soldiers, but can also be appreciated by the serious tourist.
The museum tells the story of the Yishuv and the State of Israel using the life of Yitzhak Rabin as its timeline. It is structured around a 3 story building in the round (like the Guggenheim in NY) where you start at the top with the birth and childhood of Rabin. As you work your way down, there are rooms to the sides that you enter and follow around, exiting to resume the Rabin story where you left off. These rooms correspond to the same time period of Rabin's life, and deal with the events happening at the same time in Mandatory Palestine or Israel after 1948. The rooms also have floor timelines of what the corresponding events and personalities are in the world at large - the stock market crash of 1929 - FDR elected US President - Japanese invade Manchuira, etc. -
There are many primary source documents on display or excellent copies of them, provided by the Rabin family and the Israel Archives.
Most of the displays are multimedia and are accessed by portable recorders available when you pay admission. These are proximity recorders and they automatically start as you approach a display. Because there is so much in each area, if you move too much you'll activate the adjacent description before you finish the one you started. There is a lot of history to go over, some of which may or may not be known to the non-Israeli, but were truly significant events in the history of Israel - the Altalena - disbanding of the Palmach (and the other underground movements) - accepting German reparations and the Israeli Black Panther movement are a few. The end of the exhibits and the life of Yitzhak Rabin conclude with an almost minute by minute account of Rabin's attending the Peace demonstration in Tel-Aviv where he was murdered. The conclusion of the program is very emotional and highly thought provoking; you don't necessarily leave feeling good about the visit. You're not supposed to.
Everything is tight, space is maximized and it seems like too much is placed in any one area. That's intentional. One of the curators explained to me that the idea is to make visitors realize that an Israeli's senses can often be assaulted by the concentration of the events of the day in Israel; the stimuli are real and opinions need to be formed and decisions made with the weight of the events and history pressing on them sometimes.

Call in advance to block out the time you'll be there. Do this so you're not playing hurry up and wait with a 20 student school group. You may also want to arrange a guided tour, we didn't. Can't recommend it enough. You can also borrow portable folding seats so you're not forced to stand all the time - a very nice touch.
Written June 30, 2011
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TangCS74
Singapore, Singapore1,348 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
I was there early when it opened at 9am. Have the whole place to myself. Quiet and peaceful. From 1030am onwards group tours and individuals started coming.
After purchasing the ticket, 50 nis per adult, you will be directed to collect your complementary audio guide and up a short flight of stairs where your ticket will be checked.
The museum is well organised beginning with the life of this great man, his military and civilian service to his country. There were many screening of precious archival videos of the tumultuous events in this region. The personal belongings of this great man were well displayed and family photos were donated to this museum to make it happen. The display were inclusive with explanations and quotes in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Throughout the gallery there were many benches allowing you a short recess from all the walking.
Highly recommended for a visit.
Written January 21, 2019
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B T
London, UK739 contributions
Dec 2021
The worst thing was the audio guides, you don't/can't type in a number, instead they are supposed to automatically sense where you are and give information about the part you happen to be in. But, this means you can take one step and then the guide starts talking about something else, often the same track repeats itself or seems to start in the middle of a topic and not at the beginning. I don't know why they don't just have normal audio guides where you type in the number you want.
I was lucky as I seemed to be the only person in the museum when I visited, but I imagine it would be a nightmare if full of other people as if you can't get close to the info boards and every time you move to get around people the tracks would always change.
There are not many exhibits considering the size of the building....there's not much to look at considering in terms of artefacts, it is mainly information boards. There are nice large rooms that have excellent views over Tel Aviv, but the museum is not in this part and these rooms were empty.
The museum seems a bit badly organised, if you arrive from the direction of Tel Aviv (Rokach boulevard) the entrance is on the other side so you have to walk around the outside of the building (no signposts).
I stumbled by accident across the car Rabin was getting in when assassinated, it is randomly in the car park, but there is no real sign to it and could easily have been missed.
Some of the information online about opening times/reservations doesn't seem accurate. On their website it said you have to reserve in advance, but no one replied to my email for a week, then I emailed again and they said no reservation was needed.
When there the staff were nice and helpful and it was interesting, but just think it fell short in many other areas!
Written December 31, 2021
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AviBanon
Tel Aviv, Israel227 contributions
Jan 2016
Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated by Igal Amir
This event has changed everything in Israel, from peace negotiations to war and to an internal
split between the left and right wing like never before.
This monumental center was supposed to commemorate Rabin's legacy, instead it is boring and it does not achieve its goal to my opinion. every thing is very old fashioned (display and video).
If you dont know anything about Mr Rabin you should go there otherwise skip this location.
Written December 19, 2016
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BorninFlorida
Tampa, FL205 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
I was VERY disappointed. I speak English and the entire tour was in Hebrew. They did have headsets (for an extra fee) in English, but tried TWO of them and neither worked properly.

You can not walk around yourself. You MUST be on the tour with a reservation. It did not say any of the things mentioned on the website.
Written August 1, 2017
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4kksandme
Los Angeles, CA27 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Spent ninety minutes at Rabin center. Could have spent hours. It was excellent. State of the art museum.
Written March 16, 2017
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Oded M
Petah Tiqwa, Israel219 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
If you only have time to one museum in Tel Aviv, this should be the one.

The museum tells the story of the modern state of Israel, in a way that will educate and appeal to both Israelis who lived through that story and tourists who are less familiar with it.

Although this story is told mostly through the life and times of prime minister Rabin, who was a left-wing leader, the museum tries (and succeeds in) offering a broad and objective perspective of Israeli history. Right-winged leaders such as prime ministers Begin and Sharon are well represented, their opinions and achievements not obscured. On the other hand, the Arab citizens of Israel are not cast aside either, and videos and exhibits feature Arab refugees and insurrection - topics which are considered volatile by Israeli jews.

The museum's story is told mainly by brief video snippets with a voiceover from prime minister Rabin himself.

A fascinating part of the museum exhibits are red triangles which are inscribed with dillemas related various points in time. For example, whether to return territories or not as part of the peace agreement with Egypt, and whether to allow Jewish settlements in the west banks. These dillemas are presented objectively, most of them are still in the center of Israeli debate today, and are a wonderful way to understand what troubles us Israelis and what tears us apart or bring us together.
Written April 23, 2015
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demonmike
Melbourne, Australia219 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
You get there with a number 24 bus from Ibn Gvirol. The Centre is interactive and you are given headphones in your desired language. You then walk down a spiral with corridors leaving off so that you see not only the history of israel but Rabin's contribution. The whole experience takes about 90 minutes. It is well worth a visit
Written July 25, 2013
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eli atzmon
Tel Aviv, Israel37 contributions
Oct 2019
If you want to learn about the modern history of Israel (since 1948) make a tour (guided of course)
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Written March 16, 2020
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