house was not originally owned by Dr. Avraham Albert and Anna Ticho.
It was these two married cousins, however, who left their mark on this Jerusalem abode.
Dr. Ticho and Anna were
both born in the late 1800s in Moravia. Avraham
Ticho studied medicine in Austria-Hungary
and, in 1912, he was asked by the Lema'an
Tzion organization to open an ophthalmologic
clinic in Jerusalem. Dr. Ticho quickly became
a famous ophthalmologic surgeon.
Anna followed her future husband to Jerusalem where she and Dr. Ticho were soon married. She had been trained as an
artist since childhood, but found herself uninspired by the dry Israeli
Anna Ticho worked as an assistant to her husband until Dr. Ticho's
death in 1960. She finally began to draw and paint again, and found Israel to be anything but uninspiring. The foothills and historical
sites of Jerusalem became the focus of Anna's artwork.
Anna Ticho died in 1980, leaving her famous house to the city of Jerusalem
as a cultural and artistic center. The museum itself displays Anna Ticho's
incredible drawings of Israel and Dr. Ticho's ophthalmology office.
Also exhibited is Dr. Ticho's collection of menorahs from around the
The Ticho property also houses a terrace café and gift shop.
The house also holds poetry and fiction readings as well as concert
and theatre performances.
The Anna Ticho House Museum is located at Harav Kook Street 9, Jerusalem
Museum is open Sunday through Thursday, 10am-5pm
10am-3pm; and Saturday after Shabbat.
Admission is free.