The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

Located high on Mount Carmel with a panoramic view of Haifa bay and just above the entrance to the Bahai Gardens, is the only Japanese art museum in the entire Middle East. The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art was originally founded in 1959 by Felix Tikotin; a holocaust survivor born in Holland who was forced to flee his home and hide his priceless collection of Japanese art during the Holocaust and Nazi occupation of his country. Tikotin offers a unique and authentic look at the culture of Japan with its impressive collection of samurai swords to colorful Japanese hand fans as well as a comprehensive Japanese library.

For more information visit the Haifa museum website

Madatech National Science Technology and Space Museum

It seems fitting that the building containing the Madatech National Science Technology and Space museum was part of the original Technion Technological Institute. Hosting over 200,000 visitors annually, the Madatech is full of hands-on interactive exhibits that will appeal to all members of the family. Of special interest is the Ilan Ramon memorial exhibition in memoriam of the famous Israeli fighter pilot and first time Israeli astronaut who tragically perished over the Texas Desert as the Columbia space shuttle exploded in mid-flight. In this exhibit are many of his genuine personal belongings recovered from the crash site. Also the Cinematrix; an innovative SMART theater that features films about space, safety, and flight presented in 3D format, mulit-channel sound, and smart seats with built in motion capabilities, scents, air  flows, and water effects. I recommend you contact the museum ahead of time to arrange for an English version of the films as they are in primarily in Hebrew.

For more information: Medatech Science Museum

More Top Haifa Museums

Clandestine Naval Museum

Situated at the base of the Carmel Mountains next to Road 4 and just down the street from the Bat Galim train station, sits the Clandestine Naval Museum. The site consists of one main building where you can view a short film about the fascinating history of the Israeli Navy as well as enjoy many exhibits including naval maps, photographs as well as hands on displays. Outside in the yard you will find two retired naval vessels and one submarine with a long history of maritime battle. Also outside you will be able to see and touch an enormous array of naval guns and weaponry. The museum is almost exclusively enjoyed at your own pace without any narration. I have visited there with my son and we enjoyed it very much.

Haifa City Museum

Situated in Haifa’s German Colony, the Haifa City Museum features mostly temporary exhibits representing the history of the city from its famous reputation as a cinematic center, to its fascinating architecture, culture, and art. It is housed in an old school building but was renovated in 2000. I recommend enjoying this museum in conjunction with a stroll down the streets of the German Colony.

If you are a meat lover, you must try Rak Basar (translated only meat) located in this area.

For more information visit the Haifa museum website.

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