Ramon Crater Visitor Center - Makhtesh Ramon

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Ramon Crater Visitor Center - Makhtesh Ramon

Ramon Crater Visitor Center - Makhtesh Ramon
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Makhtesh (crater), above which the Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center is located, is part of the Matsok HaTsinim and Har HaNegev nature reserves. The Visitors Center offers an experience combining the life story of the Israeli astronaut, Col. Ilan Ramon, while enabling visitors to become familiar with the largest makhtesh in the world and its unique natural phenomena.
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123Josh
Israel25 contributions
Jun 2020
It had been over twenty years since my last visit and was surprised that the tour was expanded and included a few different sections. The first part is about Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon (who adopted the surname after the crater) and the last part about the crater itself. I'm very interested in space and Ramon's contribution and ultimate sacrifice, but was not expecting that at all in a nature museum so this is the reason for the reduced rating. IMO, it should have been a separate exhibit by itself. Otherwise, this tour was well done and lasted about an hour. The vantage point behind/under the centre is free.
Written June 27, 2020
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Harold B
Jerusalem, Israel28 contributions
Aug 2021
The whole tour took one hour. We found the explanations regarding the astronaut Ilan Ramon very interesting, as well as the the explanation of the formation of the crater.
A pleasant way to spend an hour in Mitzpe Ramon
Written August 22, 2021
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Karen S
New York City, NY5,210 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We stopped here as they have a special exhibition for the 1st Israeli Astronaut who died aboard the Columbia space shuttle in 2003. They also had a small exhibition of stars taken at night in the Ramon Crater with an audio visual explanation of how the crater was made.
Written July 9, 2020
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Dmitry F
Modiin, Israel4 contributions
Aug 2020
You are shown a few movies: first about an Israeli pilot and astronaut Ilan Ramon and then about the makhtesh. You cannot skip any part and have to patiently sit though the movies about Ilan Ramon, though they go into the level of detail that may be interesting only to his friends and family - and not to a random tourist that has come to learn about the history of the place.

Now, what's the connection between the two? It was customary among Jews to change their "foreign" surnames to sound more Israeli; thus, Ilan changed his last name to "Ramon" based on the second half of the original "Wolferman".

Yet, the visitor's center tries to make an impression that the place was named after him. And I see that many reviewers here got this impression. Go figure.

They don't talk about other shuttles, other astronauts, or about other Jewish astronauts (for example, Judith Resnik is not mentioned at all). This is a clear dedication to one person and his family - and I found it too much, especially given that it's unrelated to the makhtesh and not advertised in advance. The curtain opening is some circus beyond human understanding.

On the positive side, they have good air conditioning and at least one of the movies about the makhtesh is very interesting.
Written September 15, 2020
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ogol17
Joshua Tree, CA922 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
This visitor center used to be excellent but since it reopened it is disappointing. Most of the exhibits now are not about the Ramon crater but about Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who is associated with this place for vague reasons. There are very few explanations about the crater, and the staff is unfriendly and rushes you through the exhibits.
Written January 8, 2022
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archer o
Coventry, CT28 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
As stated above, the views were spectacular at virtually any point along the rim, including the visitor center, and the staff was very helpful in recommending hikes/walks/sites in the area that fit our schedule and interests. The map available for handout was very useful as well. This area was really worth a 24 hour side trip, and we wish we'd had another 24+ hours to spend here.
Written April 1, 2017
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limorika
Ramat Gan, Israel46 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
The Ramon crate is mostly accessible in any day, but even if you came in a middle of a desert storm- don't miss the visitors center, where you can learn and get educated about the great wonder who is the crate and the great nature powers who made it. hope you won't miss the spectacular view from the huge window who is hanged by the side of the crate.
Written December 13, 2015
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I had been here a number of previous times in past years, and I must say that something clearly annoyed me this time.
First let me state that I am an admirer of Col. Ilan Ramon- we eagerly followed every aspect of his space flight and we participated in the national mourning at his tragic death (as well as of his son). He is an Israeli hero.
HOWEVER, the visitor center to the crater, which was dedicated to explaining, demonstrating and exploring the crater and the Negev desert, has been converted to be now primarily a museum of and memorial to the fallen Israeli pilot- and as far as I can tell, for no reason other than the shared name. I know of no deep personal connection between the astronaut and the city, the crater or the Negev desert.
And worse than that- it's not a walk through exhibit. From the moment of entry, one is escorted into small exhibit halls between doors and elevators that are subsequent closed behind the group, which is then required to wait and watch programs or hear explanations at a pre-designated speed ( there is no bypassing and moving ahead- I tried and failed even though my son and I were the only two people in our "group"). I certainly wanted to see the exhibits but I was forced to do it at the museum's designated speed and order of progression, and not my own.
By the time we finished those presentations on the fallen astronaut, I had no interest nor energy for the geological exhibits, and I don't think that they are abundantly described, but we had run out of time to view them, because we had been trapped by the slow speed (to our taste) of the Ilan Ramon exhibit.
Written October 15, 2014
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MyBTJ
Philadelphia, PA156 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
The visitors center serves as a good introduction to the Crater in general. It provides a good overview with informative videos.
Written December 26, 2020
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FunkyMan3333
Ottawa, Canada319 contributions
Dec 2019
Take the time and do the tour here at the visitors center. The documentaries about Ilan Ramon are heart-wrenching, inspiring, and moving. The documentary on the geology of the makhtesh was informative.
Written December 28, 2019
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