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“IN ISRAEL? This is a must see.....”

Independence Hall Museum
Ranked #15 of 287 things to do in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Independence Hall- the birthplace of the State of Israel and the birthplace of the first Hebrew speaking city, Tel-Aviv. As one of the forerunners to the Historical Sites of the State of Israel, this house (cornerstone 1910) tells the story of the beginnings of the City of Tel-Aviv, Meir Dizengoff - the first Mayor of Tel-Aviv, and the famous ceremony which took place on May 14, 1948, as David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel. Through audio-visual mediums come take part in the exciting moment in the birth of the State of Israel.
Reviewed 8 July 2012

"It all makes sense" after you visit this place; its not just about history, its about the present and the future, what drives the Israeli's, how it all happened. The story is shocking - how the state was born, how quickly it came about, and you actually sit in the room it all happened. There's a 5 minute video presentation that has authentic photos and clips. The room is totally air conditioned and comfortable.

If you get really lucky you'll have Tali as your guide. This woman is not only smart and articulate, she is charming, endearing and funny but quite emotional and engaging. At one point no one has a dry eye in the house.

This is a moving event for Christians, Jews, believers and non-believers, because it is a story of hope. And come on, we all
love a good story of hope - this one is simply amazing. Run, don't walk to this museum off Rothschild Blvd.

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Reviewed 24 June 2012

relatively unknown is a little building in burgeoning tel aviv , one of the first buildings in tel aviv, formerly one of the first 66 homes ever built in this jewish city, the first in 2000 years, and it now showcases the location where david ben gurion declared the state of israel for the jewish people. The building is very simple, and as is from 1948 when israel was born AND Izhak the guide is outstanding in explaining the circumstances of the declaration and its importance today. DO NOT MISS IT IF YOU ARE IN ISRAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank arnaldo
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

This is where Ben-Gurion declared Israel's independence. Inside you can see the scene so often pictured in old photos.

Thank mike47TelAviv_Israel
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

We wandered into the Hall by accident. We had been walking along Rothschild - one of the more beautiful avenues in Tel Aviv - admiring the architecture and literally fell into this wonderful old house. For non-Jews like us, getting a real sense of the history behind the declaration of the State of Israel outside of books is not so easy. But this museum succeeded. And do try and sit at the back of the room when one of the guides is explaining to a group of visiting young Jews (very possibly from the US), what Israel should really mean to them.One of the more moving experiences that we had in this country where there is so much hope coming out of so much sadness and poignancy.

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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Our visit to Independence Hall included a guided visit/tour followed by a chance to view exhibits on our own. The guide explains the beginnings of Tel Aviv and of the state of Israel. The hall is set up as it was in 1948. Drafts of the declaration of independence can be viewed. Hearing the story and the recording of the declaration speech followed by Hatikvah is very moving. The visit was a great way to begin our visit to Israel.

Thank Joanne H
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