When people think of the Galilee they think of rolling green hills, agricultural villages, the Kinneret and less of art museums. Emek Yizrael (the Jezreel Valley) is one of the cradles of the Zionist settlement of the early 20th century. Inhabited with all kind of settlements forms, Kibbutz and Moshav, and younger towns the region is characterized by the agricultural roots and economy. Yet you may find cultural surprises and secret treasures in many of these small communities in the Galilee. Here are four of my favorite art museums in the Galilee.
Kibbutz Ein Harod
Kibbutz Ein Harod hosts one of the major Israeli art institutions in the country, “Museum of Art, Ein Harod“, was built in the 1930’s in a small wooden hut is now hosted in a beautiful avant-guard architecture building designed by a member of the Kibbutz and inaugurated in 1948. The museum today owns over 16,000 works of Jewish and Israeli art. See Ein Harod Museum
Getting to Ein Harod
Ein Harod is located on route 71 between Afula to Beit Shean
The Wilfred Israel Museum
The Wilfred Israel Museum is a smaller and surprising museum dedicated to the art of the far east, and is located on Kibbutz Hazorea. The museum named after Wilfrid Israel, and was inaugurated in 1951 based on the art collection and donations of Wilfrid Israel, who was in close connections with the first group of settlers of the Kibbutz. The Wilfred Israel Museum website is only in Hebrew, consult an Israeli friend for time table and up to date exhibitions schedule.
Getting to the Wilfred Israel Museum
Kibbutz HaZorea is located near the ancient site of Megido on road 65
Tikotin Museum for Japanese Art
Not far away, inside the city of Haifa you can find another small yet impressive Far East art museum – the Tikotin Museum for Japanese Art. The Tikotin Museum is quite small and doesn’t take all that long to browse but some of the exhibits are very compelling. The Tikotin Museum is located (at 89 Hanassi Avenue Haifa) near Haifa’s most beautiful view point of the bay and harbor and near the small but very attractive Haifa Zoo. See Tikotin Museum website.
The Tefen Museum complex is located further to the north in the Galilee and closer to the Lebanese border. The Tefen Industrial Parks and Open Museums are located inside the Tefen industrial area. Tefen was built and is owned by the Wertheimer family, one of the leading Israeli industrial tycoons. The compound hosts the center for the German-Speaking Jewry Museum, Tefen Open Art Museum and an impressive car exhibition owned by the family. It is also a very interesting and revolutionary place in the history of Israeli engineering, technology and industry and has become the flagship of several other industrial parks.See Tefen Museums.
Getting to Tefen
Tefen is on road 854, between Carmiel and Ma’alot