Israeli winters are admittedly short if you compare them to, well, anywhere else in the world. For a few months every year, however, we have our fair share of storms. As I write this, I am sitting at the Aroma Coffee Shop at the Tel Aviv Port, watching the ferocious winds throw waves onto the pedestrian walkways. I am happily inside with a hot cup of coffee to warm my hands on.

The last place anyone wants to be right now is outside. So I’ve decided to take this opportunity to highlight some of my favorite museums around the country of which there are many.

Jerusalem:

1. The Herzl Museum, located at Mount Herzl, is a memorial to Theodore Herzl, the man that took the first steps towards creating a national home for the Jewish people. This museum is at the entrance to the military cemetary where you can look upon the tombs of Israeli heroes including Golda Meir, Levi Eshkol and Zeev Jabotinsky.

2. The City of David is located just outside of Jerusalem’s Old City walls. Jerusalem is a spiritual and national center of the Jewish people since King David made it the capital of his kingdom some 3000 years ago. This is the city he created and constant excavations mean new surprises with every visit. (Admittedly not great for rainy days but I love this site).

3. The Wohl Archaeology Museum is located in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. The exhibits consist of actual remains of houses from Herod’s time and offers a unique view of what life was like.

Tel Aviv:

1. Beit Hatefusoth, or the Museum of Jewish Diaspora, is located on the Tel Aviv University Campus. This fascinating museum offers a history of Jews and their life in different countries across the globe for 2500 years.

2. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, located in the heart of central Tel Aviv, offers a rich collection of modern and old paintings presented by works of Israeli and foreign artists. Here, you can find the works of Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Monet, Henri Moore, Auguste Rodin, Picasso, Kandinsky and many more.

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