"Should I be asked to sum up all the Jewish
history in a few words, I would say it in three words - quality
versus quantity. David
An unassuming house in the midst of the hustle and
bustle of Tel-Aviv is the place that served as the residence of David
Ben-Gurion; Israel's first Prime Minister and his family. The house
is located in what was the first workers' neighborhood, established
on Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet Le'Israel), land.
Ben-Gurion family lived in this house built in 1930-1931, until they
settled in Sde-Boker,
in 1953. Later, the family alternated between the two-story house in Tel
Aviv and the 'tsrif' (shack) in Sde-Boker in the Negev. Ben-Gurion
bequeathed his house to the state and in 1976 the Knesset
passed the Ben-Gurion Law which proclaimed that house would serve the
public as an institute for perusal and research.
It is the home's second floor, which was used
solely by Ben-Gurion that really affords visitors a glimpse into the
private world of the man known throughout the world as the father of
the State of Israel. The second floor houses four library rooms and a
bedroom. The library includes a collection of books and periodicals,
totaling 20,000 volumes in languages as varied as ancient Greek,
Latin, English, Hebrew, French, Turkish, German and Russian.
the first floor visitors can see the kitchen, `Paula's room' where
Ben-Gurion spent his last days, prior to being hospitalized. This
floor also includes his daughter's bedroom, which served, as his own
bedroom and shelter during two wars, the Sinai Campaign and the
The museum is located at 17 Ben-Gurion Boulevard,
To arrange group visits call: TEL 03/522-1010,
To arrange library perusal rights, TEL 03/522-1010
Opening hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday - 8:00 AM-3: 00 PM Monday - 8:00 AM -5:00 PM Friday - 8:00
AM - 1:00 PM
Pre-arranged guided tours for groups of 15 or more
may be reserved in advance.
The museum also offers a 20 minute audio visual
Entry Fees: Free
Source: Copyright © 2000 Gems
in Israel. All rights reserved. Reprinted with Permission. Photos
Copyright © 2000 Marty Block.