Holon Design Museum has been on my list of Tel Aviv museums to visit ever since my first trip to Israel a couple of years ago. During my late last year, I was determined not to leave without visiting this beautifully designed museum. For all of you that read my blog regularly know what I love architecture and do quite a lot of sunrise and sunset shoots with photographers in London and on some of the trips I take namely a weekend trip to Paris, and some of the shots you may have seen covered on Tower Bridge at night, Sunset in London,Warsaw, and many others that are really just for my own personal enjoyment of beautiful architecture and the level of detail and creativity behind some of the buildings. It’s not usually about how pretty the building is, it’s the textures, the material used, use of space and just the vibe it creates. Having heard of the Holon Design Museum and seen on the shot I knew this was one building I was going to hunt down when I was visiting Tel Aviv next time. So during my last visit, we bundled up in a taxi and headed for Holon. It was love at first sight when I saw the sculptural steel band that envelope the contents of the building. Revealing nothing from the outside until you walk through the pathway. It has a unique, sinuous steel ribbon facade in way mysteriously inviting you to come in explore.
Our plans to explore were halted as we soon realised, have shooed the taxi away, we found out the museum was closed for maintenance. With only a day before we were due to leave for London, I was not going to be leaving without seeing the inside! So, I did what I do when I need something that requires a local touch in Israel. I send my husband! “Sweetheart, go and speak Hebrew to that man over there so he can let us in.” What do you know, a few Shaloms(greetings) and small talk and we were inside. We had the place to ourselves! I didn’t know how long we were going to have so the Nikon was on full steam ahead…We did get a bit carried away before he came back to see if we were still alive or started climbing the walls or something. These are the shots taken when the guard was kind enough to let a blogger and her insta-husband in. Of course, he had no idea about that, I am still grateful for having access to the building, even though we couldn’t get access to the exhibitions inside. It was really the building I was there for anyway 😀
Holon Design Museum
Opened in 2010, Design Museum Holon, housed in an iconic building designed by Ron Arad, born and bred in Tel Aviv but now based in our very on in London where his architecture and design firm is located. The Holon Design museum building was designed with an aim to transform Holon into an influential cultural and educational center. Design Museum Holon joins The Mediatheque, a unique cultural hub, featuring a number of exciting institutions: a library, a theatre, a cinematheque, and museums. The sculptural external envelope, made of weathering-steel bands, encloses the building and marks the meandering walkways within it. Visitor follows a route that is partly under the open sky and partly in undulating pathways between galleries and interior spaces. The museum structure includes two galleries for temporary exhibitions, an archive, the design lab-an education workroom and offices.
If you appreciate creativity and art in many forms then this is one museum to add to your list of places to see in Tel Aviv. We were staying in Florentine during our last visit, an up-and-coming area of Tel Aviv that owes its hipster vibe to its bohemian cafes and its laid-back bars with craft beer and live jazz bands. More on that soon.
Tel Aviv Museums and Galleries to Add to Your Itinerary
Israel National Cartoon – The Israeli Cartoon Museum is a dream come true for cartoonists and caricaturists in Israel, as well as for thousands of comics enthusiasts who now have a permanent home for in the country. The museum features a rich permanent collection and rotating exhibits touching upon cultural, social, and political issues. It also promotes cartoon art to new and wider audiences, carries out historical studies and preservation activities, and conducts hands-on seminars for all ages.
Tel Aviv Art Museum – Another one I had to visit because of the building, I will share soon. Fortunately, I also managed to explore the inside and the beautiful art on display. The museum houses a comprehensive collection of classical and contemporary art, especially Israeli art, a sculpture garden and a youth wing. Designed by American architect Preston Scott Cohen, this innovative building is an international landmark at the center of Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital. The museum is currently situated in three main buildings. There is definitely something for everyone. If you are not into the art then the building itself is enough to keep your attention with the way its all arranged and the little intricate details, failing that, drop of your travel buddies in the gallery areas and go to the cafe as they too some pretty cool treats to enjoy with coffee.
Under 1000 – Florentine Art Gallery – I actually loved this one as it showcased local artist and there are so many beautiful items you can purchase and the ship internationally. So you not only get to consume the art, you get to take it away with you too. “Under A Thousand” is an independent gallery owned by Eli Edri, located on Abarbanel st. in Florentin neighborhood, Tel-Aviv. The gallery has one main purpose – creating a reality where great art is available to the public.
Israeli Children’s Museum – This one is perfect for those travelling with kids but also suitable for adults too. The Israeli Children’s Museum is an educational-cultural institution providing experiences which are one of a kind in Israel. The museum has had over a million visitors of all ages.
There are many Tel Aviv museums and galleries to check out in the city and these are just some of my favourites so far. There are so plenty of galleries in Jaffa/Yafo, catering to many styles of art, where you also get to enjoy the sea breeze and perfect views in the old part of the city.
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