Passover is one of the major holidays on the Jewish calendar, one of the three pilgrimage festivals. The first day of Passover is a holy day, during which there is no public transportation and many businesses close entirely or early. But afterwards, we have about 5 days of holiday that have no limitations (except the fact that most places do not sell wheat-based products). Read more about Passover and more holidays in Israel: Holidays in Israel and How to Spend Them During Travel.
During Passover, Israeli families go out and travel around Israel. Some go camping, some go hiking, some go to do some city touring and some choose to visit some of Israel’s greatest museums. For the last 15 years, Bank Hapoalim, one of Israel’s major banks, has made it possible that dozens of museums and attractions will be free during the holiday. This year, they will be open for free between April 21-25, 2019. Here’s a list of some of the greatest museums and attractions open for FREE during Passover:
Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: An archeological museum which tells the story of the Bible through the many artifacts. The museum is open during Passover on Sunday-Wednesday from 9:30AM to 5:30PM and on Thursday from 10AM to 2AM.
Jerusalem Botanical Garden, Givat Ram: A plants and flowers lover paradise. The garden is open during Passover on Sunday-Wednesday from 10AM to 5PM and on Thursday from 10AM to 3PM.
Video of Botanical Garden by Israel:
The Israeli Museum at Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv: A museum dedicated to the story of Yitzhak Rabin, one of Israel’s most famous prime ministers, who signed the peace agreement with Jordan and promoted to Oslo Agreement with the Palestinians. The museum also traces the history of the State of Israel and its society. The museum is open during Passover on Sunday-Wednesday from 8:30AM to 3PM and on Thursday from 8:30AM to 11:30PM.
Video of the center by Yitzhak Rabin Foundation:
Tel Aviv Art Museum: One of Israel’s greatest art institutes. The museum is open during Passover on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10AM to 6PM, on Tuesday from 10AM to 9PM and on Thursday from 10AM to 2PM.
The Israeli Cartoon Museum, Holon: If you love to see cartoons, you might want to check out how cartoons look like in Israel. The museum is open during Passover on Sunday-Wednesday from 10AM to 3PM and on Thursday from 10AM to 1PM.
The National Maritime Museum, Haifa: A museum that tells the story of maritime in Israel and its surroundings. The museum is open during Passover on Sunday-Wednesday from 10AM to 7PM and on Thursday from 10AM to 2PM.
Lunada, Be’er Sheva: One of Israel’s greatest science museums, perfect for families with children. The museum is open during Passover on Sunday-Wednesday from 9:30Am to 6:30PM.
Video of the museum by Lunada:
More sites which will be open FREE during Passover include:
- Yad Lashiriyon Latrun.
- The Nahum Gutman Art Museum, Tel Aviv.
- Design Museum, Holon.
- Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, Or Yehuda.
- Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa.
- Haifa Art Museum.
- Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod.
- Haifa City Museum.
- Ghetto Fighters’ House.
- Ashdod Art Museum.
- Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Tradition and Culture.
Have a great Passover in Israel!
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