Palmach Museum (10 Haim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv) — this Museum covers the Palmach (the elite striking foce of the “Hagana” independence movement) and its legacy through the stories of individuals and groups. Visitors to the museum join the group of young Palmach recruits from its establishment, and advanced through the story of the Palmach until the end of the War of Independence in 1948. The manner of presentation is extremely innovative. There are no displays or documents, but rather an account of a fascinating personal story accompanied by three-dimensional decor, films and various effects incorporating documentary materials. The visit, which is conducted in groups, correlates with the structure of the presentation, set out as a series of events, and symbolizing the Palmach team spirit. The tour commences and ends in the memorial hall for Palmach warriors who died fighting for establishment of the state of Israel.
From the summer of 1945 until the end of 1947, when the British administration suppressed the Jewish settlement movement and blocked Jewish immigration into the country, the Palmach was engaged in bringing 65 ships with tens of thousands of Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors from Europe (Haapala – העפלה) illegally. The Palmach also launched violent guerilla warfare against the hostile British mandatory rule and its military war machine: destroying police stations and radar installations, sinking naval vessels, mining the railroad system, demolishing the border bridges and more.
Admission: NIS 30 (adult), NIS 20 (seniors, children). Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm (Sunday – Monday), 9 am – 8 pm (Tuesday), 9 am – 1:30 pm (Wednesday), 9 am – 4 pm (Thursday), 9 am – 11:30 am (Friday). Closed on Saturday.