- Type: Museums, Tours
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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If you're interested in Israel's military history, don't miss the Palmach Museum. Located just a short walk from the Eretz Israel Museum, this compact facility walks visitors through the origins of the Palmach, an elite part of the Hagana paramilitary organization. The Hagana was established in 1920 by the Jewish community and the Zionist Movement. The Palmach (the Hagana's strike force) was founded in 1941 to help protect the region from Nazi invasion. After World War II, the Palmach helped bring thousands of refugees and Holocaust survivors to the country. A guided tour of this museum leads you through three-dimensional exhibits that depict scenes from the Palmach's history. After the tour—which lasts approximately 90 minutes—you have the opportunity to converse with former members of the organization.
Recent visitors praise the Palmach Museum's innovative set-up. As one TripAdvisor user writes, "Each space was set up to simulate the environment that the participants were in at that time with appropriate sound effects. […] A very worthwhile experience."
The Palmach Museum sits just a short walk from the Eretz Israel Museum on the north side of the Yarkon River. Doors open at 9 a.m. every day but Saturday, but closing times vary depending on the day. Tours can include up to 25 people, but you must reserve a spot in advance. Admission is 30 ILS (roughly $8 USD) for adults and 20 ILS (around $5 USD) for children; you must pay in cash and bring a photo ID to enter. For more information, visit the Palmach Museum's website.