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Galilee Museums: Fine Art, Culture & History

Galilee Museums

The Galilee region is known for its nature, outdoors activities, and agricultural villages, yet that does not mean that it is lacking in cultural and educational institutes. You can find various cultural surprises in many of the small towns and kibbutzim in the Galilee. Among these museums you will find culture, art, archeology, history, and a thought provoking Holocaust museum.

Ein Harod
In Kibbutz Ein Harod you can find one of Israel’s best art museums, the Museum of Ein Harod. The museum which was built in the 1930's in a small wooden hut was one of the first art museums in the country, and is now in an early modernist building designed by an architect which was a member of the Kibbutz . It holds a large collection of Israeli art, Jewish artifacts, and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art as well.

The Wilfrid Israel Museum
The Wilfrid Israel Museum, located in Kibbutz Hazorea (near Megiddo), is a small but impressive museum dedicated to the art of the Far East.  The museum’s namesake, Wilfrid Israel, traveled extensively in Asia and donated his collection to the kibbutz museum. The museum holds an outstanding assortment of rare Far East paintings, sculptures and other pieces. Besides its permanent exhibition, the museum hosts changing exhibitions of modern painting, sculpture, photography, and textiles.

Beit Lohamei Haghetaot
The Beit Lohamei Hagetaot, which is literally translated as the ’Ghetto Fighters House’, is the world’s first Holocaust memorial museum. It is located between Nahariya and Acre, in a kibbutz called Lohamei Hagetaot. It was founded by Holocaust survivors and partisans who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and were optimistic in their goal of building a new life in Israel. Besides of the main building, the museum also contains a smaller section which is designed for children to learn about the holocaust without the explicit graphics. The exhibits at the museum are very well done and thoughtfully presented.

The Yigal Alon Center (The Jesus Boat Museum)
The Yigal Alon Center is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee at Kibbutz Ginosar. The Museum holds exhibitions that deal with subjects such as the Galilee history, nature and the culture of the area and showcase artworks made by Jews and Arabs of the Galilee. The most famous exhibit at the Yigal Alon Center is that of a roughly 2,000 year old boat that was recovered from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in 1986. The boat dates back to the time of the beginning of Christianity and is also known as the ‘Jesus Boat’. It was found during a drought, when the water levels of the Sea of Galilee had receded.

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