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“Military history from Israel's beginning”

Israel Defense Forces History Museum
Ranked #51 of 286 things to do in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

The museum is definitely hands-on as you walk through buildings and past equipment outdoors. What I appreciated the most was learning the early history from the 1930s and 1940s when Israel had little support from other countries and had to develop its own technology. Yes, the main information is available in English and much of the details is only in Hebrew, but you are visiting Israel. Remember to have your passport with you. Without it, you may not be able to get in. And the entrance faces the west and is near the entrance to the train station place next door, Hatachana.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

Definitely do not follow the directions that link in to the Trip Advisor site - we got directed far away and we were busing there - a 90 NIS ride in a taxi to get back on track !! And no one spoke English where we were either

2  Thank Zoe B
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

The Museum ist just next to the old Jaffa railway station the Hatachana. The museum is structured into different numbered stations. Some of them pavillons on a special topic of the Israeli Army others outdoor collections of guns or armoured vehicles. I found very interesting the pavillon on famous Israely Army commanders, as you will find a lot of well known politicians there like Ariel Sharon, Moshe Dayan,... Also great the collection of captured tanks.

Thank Forjanm
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

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 :)

3  Thank TravellingTFP
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

This interesting hidden museum shows the history of Israels army.
From the first rifles to machines and weapons used in different wars.

A small tip - visit the hangar that houses presents received by the presidents and prime ministers of Israel. Very interesting place

1  Thank uri_fi
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