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Museums in Haifa

Museums in Haifa

Haifa travel guide

There are three major areas in Haifa; the lower city is the “downtown” area where major businesses and factories are located, as well as hotels and year-long swimming beaches alongside the port area. The middle city is called Hadar HaCarmel and includes the market and a busy commercial area. The upper city is stretched on Mt. Carmel, where most entertainment and shopping areas and a lot of the residential areas are located. Commuting between the different areas can be done with the only subway in Israel, the Carmelit, which travels from sea level downtown all the way up the Central Carmel in 6 minutes.

Many museums can be found in Haifa. No matter what your taste or interest are, whether it’s art, technology or national history – you can probably find a museum that will attract you in Haifa:

Haifa Museum of Art

The Haifa Museum of Art is located in an historic building built in the 1930’s in Hadar HaCarmel. The Museum of Art focuses on Israeli and international contemporary art, alongside thematic exhibitions which deal with various aspects of Israeli and international art.

Tikotin Museum of Japanese art

The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, which stands on the brow of Mt. Carmel, is devoted entirely to displaying and conserving Japanese art works, and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. It is a municipal institution, founded in 1959, with the assistance and initiative of
Felix Tikotin (1893-1986) of Holland, and the late Abba Khoushy, who was Mayor of Haifa at that time.
The Museum’s collection comprises some 7000 items including paintings, prints, drawings, screens, textiles, ancient illustrated books, ceramics, miniature carvings (netsuke), metal and lacquer works, antique swords and handicrafts, mainly from the 14th-19th centuries. It also includes modern Japanese works of art.

The Reuben & Edith Hecht Museum in Haifa University

The Hecht museum contains thousands of unique archaeological items illustrating the theme “The People of Israel in the Land of Israel”, from the private collection of Dr. Hecht.
In the Art wing you’ll find French painting from the years 1830-1930, and Jewish art from mid-19th to early 20th century, including – Corot, Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Van-Gogh, Soutine, Modigliani and more.

Chagall Artists House

The Chagall Artists House was established in 1954 as an initiative of the Painters and Sculptors Association, and serves as a venue for one-man shows and group exhibitions, publication of catalogues and periodicals, international exchange exhibitions, projects accompanied by events such as artists dialogues, lectures on various aspects of art, chamber music concerts, etc.

Mane Katz Museum

The late renowned Jewish artist bequeathed his home, paintings and other artworks to the city.

The National Museum of Science, Technology and Space

Established in 1983, the Israel National Museum of Science is situated in the historic landmark – the old Technion building. Through a vast assortment of interactive exhibits and laboratories in its Education Center, it seeks to transmit basic scientific concepts – on mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and acoustics, robotics and genetics, aeronautics and communications – that help people understand not only how items they use daily function, but also their underlying principles.

The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is occupying a modern four-story building located near the entrance to Haifa from the south. This museum, founded by Arie Ben Eli in 1953, chronicles over 5,000 years of maritime history, with emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean, cradle of shipping in the Western World.

Clandestine Immigration & Naval Museum

The museum is devoted to the Clandestine Immigration and to the history of the Israeli navy. The ship “Af-‘Al-Pi”, which ran the British blockade during the Mandatory period, is on display.

Dagon Grain Silo & Archaeological Museum

Grain storage and handling in ancient Israel and the Near East, including a display of working tools.
Description: The beautiful city of Haifa is also an entertainment and culture center and has a unique museum to offer for almost any taste or interest.

Haifa, Israel: A Cultural, Historic, and Natural Gem in the North

Haifa, Israel: A Cultural, Historic, and Natural Gem in the North

Haifa, the third-largest city in Israel, is a beautiful destination for travelers looking for a mix of culture, history, and stunning landscapes. Located in the northern part of the country, Haifa is known for its picturesque beaches, stunning mountain views, and a diverse population that creates a unique blend of cultures. Botanica Haifa Resort is one of many hotels in the city. One of the most popular attractions in Haifa is the Baha'i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a series of terraced gardens with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. The gardens are a must-visit for any traveler to Haifa, as they offer a peaceful and serene atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation and contemplation. Another top attraction in Haifa is the Stella Maris Monastery, located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. This historic site dates back to the 12th century and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. Visitors can explore the monastery and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the sea from the top of the mountain. For history buffs, a visit to the National Maritime Museum is a must. This museum is located in the restored 18th-century mansion of the governor of the city and showcases the history of the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on the history of the port of Haifa. Visitors can explore the museum's extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits, including ship models, paintings, and navigational instruments. If you're looking for a more cultural experience, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is a unique attraction in Haifa. This museum is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and features a collection of over 7,000 Japanese art pieces, including paintings, ceramics, and textiles. The museum is located in a beautiful historic building that was once a private residence, and visitors can also enjoy the peaceful garden and tea room. Finally, no trip to Haifa would be complete without a visit to the city's bustling downtown area. This vibrant neighborhood is full of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, including the Haifa Museum of Art, which features a diverse collection of contemporary art from both Israeli and international artists. Visitors can also explore the bustling Carmel Market, where vendors sell fresh produce, spices, and other local goods. In conclusion, Haifa is a unique travel destination that offers a blend of history, culture, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's historic sites or soaking up the sun on the beach, Haifa has something for everyone. The Baha'i Gardens, Stella Maris Monastery, National Maritime Museum, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, and downtown area are all must-visit spots for any traveler to Haifa.

The renovated lower city of Haifa

The renovated lower city of Haifa

The renovated lower city of Haifa is experiencing a bloom like the one the city never knew. Following the transformation of the neglected and crumbling Port Street into an activity of colleges and academic activities - the "Port Campus" and the renovation of the Turkish market complex that became a tourist gem, turning shops and enclosed spaces into a district of designers, artists and craftsmen, in the heart of the lower city that is changing its face and becoming a vibrant and colorful center of creation, culture, entertainment and commerce allows you to experience the young and lively rhythm of the city's nightlife. The ideal location is within walking distance of the German Colony, the "Center of the Eight" train station, the subway and a large number of bus lines that allow quick access to the city's sites, museums and beaches.

Haifa itineraries for nature walks

Haifa itineraries for nature walks

The tour itineraries enable you to enjoy nature, tour some of the green Haifa wadis and encounter rich flora, running water, fruit orchards and sites of historic interest. All itineraries are marked by the Nature Protection Society standard signposts. AHUZA RIVER This is a circular itinerary, beginning and ending at the junction of Freud and Vitkin Streets. The tour is suitable for all ages, all year round, although the last section towards Lachish Street is steep. Parking - on the streets nearby or indoor parking at the Horev Center. On route you will see diverse Carmel flora and enjoy the spectacular vista as you approach the small Ahuza Springs and the remaining orchards. SIAH RIVER Length of tour - about 3 hours. It is suitable for all ages, all year round. The walk begins near building no.12 on Lotus Street and ends at the beginning of the Siah River or at the ascent to the Kababir village. Main sites - Siah River Gorge, Ein Meshotetim, the ancient Carmelite ensemble, the 2 floor cave, Ein Siah and the orchard. The route passes through one of the most beautiful and important gorges in Haifa, which offers a wonderful combination of nature, rare and special flora, historical sites, running springs and panoramic views. LOTEM RIVER Length of tour - about 2 hours. It is suitable for all ages, all year round. Parking - along Hanassi Avenue, Dafna Street or Yefe Nof Street. There is also organised parking in the Panorama Center, accessible from Yefe Nof Street. The walk starts in Gan Ha'em and ends on Derech Hayam Street. Return to the Carmel Center by bus no. 3. The Lotem River is one of Haifa's most beautiful natural sites. It has abundant flora and after only a few minutes walk you will feel in the heart of nature far from the bustle of the city. Enjoy the quiet and the chirping of the birds, get an impression of the rich flora and after a short rest, climb back to Gan Ha'em. WALKING TOUR ITINERARIES CITY SITES KABABIR AHMEDI VILLAGE Length of tour - 30 minutes, including entrance to the mosque or about 2 hours including descent to the Siah riverbed, tour and return to the village. Parking-in Kababir. Main attractions - the village mosque and houses, panoramic views southwards from the public gardens. Kababir's location on the western end of one of the most beautiful Carmel spurs is a convenient descent point to the Siah River for a tour of the springs, the orchards and the Carmelite Monastery. The climb back to the village is NOT an easy one. CARMEL CENTER Length of tour - about 60 minutes at a normal walking pace without entering sites. Parking - as for itinerary , start and ending points near the Kaiser Monument on Yefe Nof Street. The excursion includes a large choice of possibilities, with a delightful combination of nature and city panoramas and clean air, commerce, culture and entertainment centers. From the Kaiser Monument, turn left to Dafna Street and from there to Hanassi Avenue for a left turn to the Japanese Museum, on to the Museum of Prehistory on Hatishbi Street - to the Biological Institute and to the Zoo through Gan Ha'em (the starting point for itinerary no.3). From here continue to the Carmel center to the Rothschild Theater Complex and the nearby Mania Shohat Garden. Cross Moriah Avenue, return to the Carmel Center and stroll through the Panorama Shopping Mall to the Mane Katz Museum and back to the Kaiser Monument. FROM THE SCULPTURE GARDENS TO THE BAHAI SHRINE This is a short walking tour. Parking - on the 2nd of November Street, just below the Sculpture Gardens. After a stroll around the sculptures in the Garden, descend to Zionut Avenue to the Bahai Temple and Gardens. This is a short walk, no more than 500m. each way, but the return is a steep one. STELLA MARIS, CAPE CARMEL Parking at the site. This itinerary includes a tour of Cape Carmel sites with the option of descent by foot to Elijah's Cave or by cablecar to the Bat Galim seafront promenade. Cape Carmel offers panoramic views, a visit to the Carmelite Monastery and a visit to the Sacred Heart Chapel (the short tour). From the Chapel there is a footpath. marked by the Nature Protection Society, to Elijah's Cave. This longer tour is about 1 kilometer from the parking lot to the Cave. HADAR The starting and ending point is at the Haifa Museum. Length of itinerary - about 90 minutes normal walking, without entering the sites. Parking - either along Shabtai Levy Street, in front of the Haifa Museum or at one of the parking garages in nearby Levontin St. Start the tour at the Haifa Museum which includes three types of exhibitions: ancient and modern art, music and ethnology. Further on, climb the Dor Steps to Herzlia Street and then via the Ben Shemen Steps continue to the Technological Museum (Daniel & Mathilde Recanati Center) situated in the old Technion building. in the nearby garden, Albert Einstein planted a palm tree during his visit in Israel on February 11,1923. Continue along Jerusalem Street to the Binyamin Gardens, return along the Nordau Pedestrian Mall to Balfour Street and then along Bialik Street to the City Hall and the Remembrance Gardens overlooking Haifa Port, past Hanevi'im Tower and back to Haifa Museum through Shabtai Levy Street. THE GERMAN COLONY Length of tour is about 30 minutes. Park along Ben Gurion or Hameginim Avenues, close to the junction between the two as the starting and ending points of the tour is the north eastern corner. The tour runs along many mansions and sites which are milestones in the development of the German Colony: No.5 Meir Street - an educational institution built in 1870 by George David Hardog, one of the founders of the colony. Between 1888-1948 it was used as a German - Catholic Hospital. No.11 Ben Gurion Avernue - The People's House built in 1869. Before reclaiming, the sea shore extended to the junction of Ha'atzmaut Road and Ben Gurion Ave and it is here that Kaiser Wilhelm II disembarked in 1898. No.12 Ben Gurion Avenue - The mansion of Yaakov Schumacher, who was the U.S. consul in the Templar days. No.16 Ben Gurion Avenue - The residence of Sir Laurence Oliphant. No.24 Ben Gurion Avenue - A typical courtyard from Templar days.

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