Hecht Museum, University of HaifaHecht Museum possesses an imposing collection of archaeological artifacts and works of art. The museum was founded by the late Dr. Reuben Hecht, who created the Dagon Grain Silo near the Haifa port.
Archaeology – The permanent exhibition includes such themes as: “Archaeology of the Land of Israel (Eretz-Israel) from the Chalcolithic Period to the Mishnaic Talmudic Era (Roman and Byzantine Periods)”, “Phoenicians on the Northern Coast of Israel in the Biblical Period” focusing on the contribution of the people to the development of maritime trade, “Ancient Crafts and Industries” presenting metallurgy, woodworking, glassmaking, making of stone vessels, the art of writing and medicine.
A special wing of the museum is assigned to the exhibition of Ma’agan Mikhael Ancient Ship. The hull of the 2,400 year old ship, the anchor and the cargo are displayed there. This wing is also the permanent facility for studying of the ancient seafaring.
Art – Dr. Hecht’s private collection is on the display. It includes various streams, but mostly impressionism and the Jewish school of Paris. The most impressive works belong to Monet, Manet, Pissaro, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Struck, and the Jewish expressionist painter Chaim Soutine. In the Ghez Collection the works by the artists, who did not survive during the Holocaust, are presented.
The Road of the Millennia (Derekh HaDorot) – The project was proposed by D. Hecht. The idea was to locate and collect around Israel the remnants of ancient buildings that could be otherwise destroyed. He suggested them to be transported from the initial sites to the territory of an outdoor museum. There they might be restored and placed along the walking paths surrounded by natural growth. Among the reconstructed buildings are living quarters, a burial complex from the Negev Highlands, and an oil press from Hurbat Castra located at the southern entrance to Haifa.
Free admission and guided tours in Hebrew, English, Arabic, and Spanish languages.
Tel: 04-8257773 Fax: 04-8240724
Address: Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 31905, Israel.
The website: http://mushecht.haifa.ac.il
Mane Katz Museum
In 1958, the Haifa city council presented the painter Mane Katz with the house on the condition, that he would bequeath to the city all his property and paintings after his death. The house of Katz is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Israel, on the slopes of the Mount Carmel, with a wonderful view of the Haifa Bay and hills of Galilee. During the last fours years of his life, between 1958 and 1962, Mane Katz lived by turns in this house on the Mount Carmel and in his Paris home. In the beginning of 1977, his house became a museum as well. The exhibition updates each three months and demonstrates the works from its own collections and the other sources.
The museum collection Mane Katz donated to the city was at least partially taken from his Parisian home. It includes his works and the works from his private collections. Among the works are oil, water-color, and gouache paintings, sculptures of plaster of Paris, and bronze statuettes. There are also old furniture, Oriental carpets, figurines (including clay toys from Eastern Europe), bronze statuettes from Far East, and many other things.
The collection contains also priceless Jewish ritual items. It includes old Hanukkah menoras (candelabrums), ketubot (Jewish marriage certificates), metal plates, boxes for spices, lamps, and lucky talismans. Also, it has skillfully made ritual items: ‘parochet’, curtains that covered an ark in a synagogue, ‘kapporot’ for the ritual of Kapparot (i. e. an atonement piece), and a ‘mercy seat’, a golden atonement piece, usually placed on the cover of the Ark of the Covenant, as one can read in Exodus 25: 17-21.
These temporary exhibitions reflect many themes and artistic genres having clearly something in common with the works by Mane Katz himself. The works were drawn when he still was alive. Stylistically, they often remind his works and the works from his own collection. The purpose of the museum is to show the contribution of the Parisian school, which existed in the interwar period, and especially of the Jewish circle. This creates the atmosphere that fits Mane Katz’s personality the most.
Location: Yaffe Nof St., 89, Haifa.
How to get there: The museum is just 5 minutes of walking from the Carmel Center (Mercaz HaKarmel), near Nof Hotel and Louis Promenade (HaTayelet). The next buses of the Egged stop here: 37, 21, and 22, and from Hadar district 23 and 12. In a museum section they sell copies of the works by Mane Katz.
The admission is chargeable.
Dagon Grain Museum
Bread, pasta, and pastry are essential foodstuffs for many people. But do you know how much things you can make with grain? In Dagon Grain Museum, you will see different ways grain was procured and processed. The exhibition includes an archaeological collection on the topic of grain in the history of Israel and a Jewish ethnological collection on the topic of bread.
Address: Palmer Square, Haifa.
The Electric Corporation Visitors Center
On the website of Haifa Power Station you can find out, what The Electric Corporation Visitors Center offers you. The visit includes a guided tour of an exhibition, a film about the corporation, and a tour of the area around the power station. You can see the equipment used at the power station. After that, you enter into the visitors center itself.
The restored Haifa power station was the first facility for electricity production in Israel. In 1935, here the first Israeli steam power station was built. This historic power station was located in a really magnificent building. In the visitors’ center located on its area you will find an interactive model of the large hall, where the electricity was produced. Nearby you can see an explanation about the system of control centers, working around the clock, all year round, and without breaks.
During your visit, you will learn how electricity entered the life of the land in the 1920s, when the Jewish pioneers were creating our country. You will also understand how the modern gigantic infrastructure copes with the everyday strains, troubles and breakdowns, and how the company meets its engagement to keep constant, reliable, and hourly supply of electricity to every part of the country day and night. You will immediately understand what it is to live without electricity. We invite you to look at the unique architecture and the shape of Haifa power station number 1. In addition, you will see our efforts to improve air quality around the station, re-equipping it for working on natural gas and other cleanest, “greenest”, and ecologically harmless types of fuel.
Adress: Suleiman Road, Hof ‘Shemen’.
Open: Sun. – Thu. 08:00 – 15:00
We ask you to reserve your tours in advance by tel. 04-8664221.
Admission is for free.
Israel Railway Museum
The railway museum is situated near the East Haifa Railway Station and reflects the milestones of the construction of Israeli railroad system from its beginnings in 1892 to its developing of connections with the neighboring countries. The museum also explains various tasks of the railroad transport system today.
The museum’s locomotives and carriages stood initially in the building developed as a locomotive depot for the Hedjaz railroad, also known as The Emek railway. In 2000, the building was repaired in order to turn it into a museum. As compared to the foreign museums, this one has an advantage: the museum remains within the actively functioning station. Certainly, this creates an atmosphere of a regular, ‘live’ railway station, which will make you visit especially fascinating.
Address: Hativat Golani, 1, Haifa.
Groups of 25 people and more may come directly by train provided that they arranged the visit in advance with the administrator (48 hours before the visit). The admission is chargeable. The time of the visit must be set in advance.
The National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum is dedicated to the study of the history of seafaring. It houses documents describing the ‘human factor’ in the history of seafaring in our region. The documents are dated from antiquity to our days. We begin our tour of the museum with the private collection of Arieh Ben-Levi, of blessed memory. Ben-Levi founded the museum and was its first director. The museum built in 1953 was his creation. A lot of time passed since then.
Everything has began from a single floor of the ‘Seamen's Home’ (located in the Port Street in Haifa) and ended with this present dwelling opened in 1972.
Naturally, we, the museum employees, focus our attention on the Mediterranean Sea, including its ports and islands and Israel’s beaches and ports. We also introduce you to the history of seafaring and sea trade in modern Israel.
The museum also serves as a host to the exhibitions by those painters, whose works perpetuate the connection between people and the sea. Our exhibitions emphasize the tight and lasting historical bond between Israel, Jews, and the sea.
Address: Allenby Boulevard, 198, Haifa
The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is situated high on the Mound Carmel. It is dedicated entirely to preservation and exhibiting of the Japanese works of art. In fact, the museum is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. The museum built in 1959 was founded by the Haifa municipality on the initiative and with the help of Felix Tikotin (1898-1986), who came from Holland, and the late Abba Khoushy, who was then the mayor of Haifa. The purpose of the museum became to further three main ideas: to give Israeli population an opportunity to get better acquainted with Japanese culture, thus widening its knowledge of culture and range of interests, to reach deeper mutual understanding between Israel and Japan, and thus between the populations of East and West Asia, and to stimulate new research in culture and art of Japan.
In 1995, a new, three-storey wing was added to the museum. It included a floor for a parking. It was planned by the Japanese architect, Junzo Yoshimura with the aid of the Israeli architect Al Mansfeld. The two exhibition halls of the new wing occupy 470 square meters. In addition, a new auditorium for 200 people was built.
Address: President (Ha-Nassi) Boulevard, 89. Haifa
The Haifa Museum of Art
The Haifa Museum of Art is one of the three largest museums of art in Israel. It includes exhibitions of modern Israeli and international art and values culture as holistic, unique, and living substance. As a wise organization dedicated to culture, the museum is devoted to watching every trend, every cultural phenomenon or process typical for the modern culture, as it is reflected both in form and content of the plastic arts (i. e. art forms which involve physical manipulation of a plastic medium by moulding or modeling such as sculpture or ceramics). The Haifa Museum of Art was founded in 1951. The event was timed to the exhibition of Marc Chagall. Since 1977, the museum remains in its current building situated in Hadar district in Haifa. This unique stone house built initially in 1930 as a school was later declared a building to be preserved. Its historic importance is in its position at the edge of Wadi Nisnas, a major local cultural center. It plays the role of a connecting link between the Jewish, the Muslim, and the Christian neighborhoods meeting at this place. Therefore, the museum’s location entitles it to be a multi-cultural and intercultural bridge, reflecting special cultural and interpersonal relations between various Haifa population groups.
Address: Shabbetai Levi St., 2645134, Haifa.
The History of the City of Haifa Museum
By the end of the 19th century the German Templers settled down well enough in Haifa and built the German Colony. The first housed built by them was “Beit HaAm” (The Community Hall), which served a place for public meetings and a school. Gradually, it took the central place in the life of the community. This building was repeatedly under renovation and reconstruction, and today it houses the museum of the history of of Haifa. If you visit our museum, you will see the rotatory exhibitions on various periods of the history of Haifa. The first of these exhibitions, presented on October 15 of the year 2000, shows the images of the city of Haifa in the beginning of the 20th century, as well as contemporary photos of the city.
Address: Ben Gurion Avenue11, German Colony, Haifa.
The Shtekelis Prehistory Museum
In this museum you can see chronologically ordered exhibitions on various periods of development of the prehistoric man starting with the earliest and most primitive types. You will learn about the archaeological discoveries of the period when the prehistoric man lived on the Mount Haifa ridge.
Address: HaTishbi St., 124, Haifa.
The Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum
This museum is dedicated to the history of the struggle for repatriation to Israel in the period of 1934-1948, when British Mandate was in operation. This part of our history deals with Jewish clandestine immigration and the right to settle on the Promised Land, the cornerstones of the making of Israel. In our museum the period is covered entirely and includes historic documents, newspaper clippings, photos, original models, audio- and video materials and films. In order to show the impact of this milestone on Israeli history, we use a computerized map of various routes of clandestine vessels to follow them and to better understand their story. So, we display the clandestine immigrant ship "Af-Al-Pi-Chen" (i. e. 'In spite of all that'), both as an exhibit in its own right and as the venue for a sound and light show called “from shore to shore”.
A separate wing of the museum is devoted to the history of the Israel Navy, whose roots go back to this very clandestine immigration operation at the time of the British Mandate. The naval display includes photos, certificates, sketches on skirmishes with the British authorities, models of the ships, original exhibits, and specimens of arms and weaponry used in naval warfare of that time. In the courtyard, at the entrance to the ship you can see the towering remains of the bridge of the submarine Dakar, retrieved from the water at the site where it went under from the stunning depth of 3,000 meters. The entrance hall serves a meeting place for various visiting groups. Here you can find extremely important exhibits, including a model of the famous immigration ship, the Exodus.
“Af-Al-Pi-Chen” played special part during the World War II as a landing craft for tanks. Then it was converted into a clandestine immigration ship by the people organizing the Second Aliyah (Ha-Mossad le-Aliyah Bet). The ship was entirely preserved including her external structure, frame, and deck equipment. In the lower deck, the original bunks, the water distribution point, and the radio shack (named “Gideoni” for secrecy) were restored.
The first section of this exhibition narrates the beginnings of Israel Navy. It tells about those, who created the navy, and how the illegal immigration ships turned into war ships. It is hard to believe, that people on these vessels could realize the Jewish centuries-old dream and create the State of Israel in 1948. The amazing story of the naval operation code-named ‘Shoded’ provides such an example. There is also a description of the Egyptian flagship’s sinking by Israeli commando boats, and how a World War I ship named Eilat 16a took part in the first naval battle in our history.
The second section depicts the 1950s, when Israel Navy first set sail to the oceans, while commando ships were constantly improving themselves. The Navy took part in the Sinai Campaign, gaining significant reinforcements of additional destroyers from an unexpected source. At the end of the decade, a very purposeful and inspired military officer Yosele Dror, gifted with foresight, established Israel's flotilla of submarines. One of the most important parts of the section is the depiction of the surrender of the Egyptian destroyer, Ibrahim Al Awal. The exhibits are on the original table of the ship’s combat center. Next to it are several personal items which belonged to the members of the naval commando, like their equipment and uniforms.
The third section displays the end of the 1960s and the dawn of the 1970s. Starting with the stinging naval defeats of the Six Day War and till the two disasters, when many people were killed in a naval battle, the Israeli navy had been changing a lot, which resulted in the amazing victories of the Jugdement Day War. One of the notable exhibits here is the Dakar submarine emergency buoy found after the submarine sank. They could not find the submarine itself for many years, despite the extensive searches. In addition, you can look at the uniform of the crew member, Yosef ‘Almog’ Suissa found near the sunken submarine.
The fourth section describes the turning-point of the Judgement Day War, the coastal bombardment against the enemy and the fighting in the Red Sea. Also, you can see the depiction of the plan of the ‘Peace in Galilee’ operation turned into the First Lebanese War in 1982, and the war against terrorism. One of the most important exhibits here is a tank for smuggling of weapons, one of eighty such tanks, captured in 2002 on the terrorist ship, the Karine A.
Outside, on the museum area, there are some very large items, too big for the museum halls. These are heavyweight equipment and cannons, which made history, enemy ships, terrorist boats, and Mivtach, the first Israeli missile boat.
Address: 204, Allenby Rd, Haifa
Israel’s National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space and Daniel and Matilda Recanati Center
Established in 1983, Madatech is situated in 7 important historical buildings, on a seven acre green campus amidst Haifa. Designed at the end of the 20th century by a well-known German Jewish architect Alexander Baerwald, it was previously the location of Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, the first academic institution in the country.
Madatech sparks curiosity and inspires creativity in 400,000 guests, who visit over 20 exhibits featuring more than 600 hands-on exhibits, and watch seven Cinematrix multi-sense 3D movies every year. 362 days a year visitors can watch and feel, explore and enjoy an unforgettable experience. It's a great place for kids.
During the school year, Madatech offers 300 educational sessions to more than 2,000 groups in seven educational centers and opens six demonstration halls and 12 advanced and well equipped laboratories. Madatech offers a set of unique studies, including three specially developed mobile laboratories travelling through Israel to show true science and to inspire the young minds of 150,000 Israeli students. At Madatech, everyone can become explorer and understand science through playing games.
Madatech, The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space and Daniel and Matilde Recanati Center are located in the historic Technion Building on Shmariyahu Levin Street in the center of Haifa.
The Historic Technion Building
25 Shmariyahu Levine St. / 12 Balfour St
The website: http://www.madatech.org.il/Pages/Index.aspx?language=English
The Marc Chagall Artists’ House
The Marc Chagall Artists' House, named in honor of Marc Chagall, was built in 1954 through the initiative of the Association of Painters and Sculptors. It houses group and one-man exhibitions.
Here catalogues, periodicals and journals are created, and international exhibition exchanges take place. The Chagall Artists' House holds other events too. Examples are: intellectual exchanges with artists, lectures on different genres of art, and chamber concerts.
Address: Zionism Avenue (Sderot Ha-Zionut), 245, Haifa
Things to do in Haifa:
Cinema and movies
Haifa Symphonic Orchestra