If you’re visiting Tel Aviv, you may want to check out the Tel Aviv University campus for its many tourist attractions. After taking a walking tour of downtown Tel Aviv, consider spending a day in northern Tel Aviv and Ramat Aviv.
The Tel Aviv University area is home to several museums! Choose one or two which pique your interest and make a day of it! Visiting Tel Aviv museums can be a nice break in the air conditioning when touring Israel in the heat of summer.
For an educational experience, check out the history museums in Tel Aviv, which are highly concentrated in this part of town. Here are the main attractions by Tel Aviv University, including the Natural History Museum and Zoological Garden, a fun place to visit with kids!
Tel Aviv University Museums
There are several Israeli museums housed on and around the Tel Aviv University campus. Here are some you may want to consider visiting on your trip to Israel:
The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History– If you only visit one museum in Tel Aviv while on a trip with kids, then this is it! The Steinhardt Museum is a fabulous and modern natural history museum. It is the perfect size for exploring with kids, and the taxidermy pieces are amazing! Highly recommend!
Beit Hatfutsot– The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, also called the Diaspora Museum, tells the story of the Jewish people through artifacts, model synagogues and multimedia presentations. More than a museum, this is an educational institute where you can look into your own heritage. I do not recommend this museum for younger children. You may be able to get away with bringing a baby in a carrier, but it just isn’t set up for younger kids.
Eretz Israel Museum
Eretz Israel Museum– The Eretz Israel Museum is an indoor – outdoor museum documenting Israeli culture. Highlights of the museum include exhibitions of coins, ceramics, mosaics and more. The outdoor portion includes Tel Qasile an archeological site from the 12th century BCE. This museum is best for history buffs!
Yitzhak Rabin Center
Yitzhak Rabin Center – This museum is dedicated to former late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin is known for signing the Oslo Accords peace agreements, before he was assassinated in 1995. This museum features over 200 short documentaries. It also explores Israeli history, democracy and the creation of the state. You may want to visit to see beautiful vistas of Tel Aviv from the center’s terraces.
Palmach Museum– The Palmach Museum is a really niche museum for history buffs. It documents the underground Jewish army, Palmach, from before the creation of the state of Israel. It is surprisingly interactive displaying narratives from the fighters, (meaning I’m not a history buff but still enjoyed it)!
Tel Aviv University Zoological Garden
Tel Aviv University Zoological Garden has a small zoo that can be visited (for now) as part of an organized group, or through special connections. It is located right next to the natural history museum.
We had the latter, and Little N had the best time looking at all the animals, many of which are free to roam and not in cages. The highlight though was walking around with a peacock feather, dropped by one of the many peacocks walking around!
Getting to Ramat Aviv
If you’re staying in one of the many hotel on HaYarkon street near the beach, getting to Ramat Aviv is very simple. It is a quick 15 to 20 minute drive (not including traffic).
Otherwise you can take city bus number 10, which has stops in front of the museums. This will take 30+ minutes with all the stops.
Coming from other parts of Israel, it is easiest to arrive to the Tel Aviv University rail stop on Israel Railways. Do note that the stop is at the bottom of the hill, which will require many steps to get up to the main road, or a quick shuttle bus that is available right outside the station.
Visiting Tel Aviv Museums with Kids
As I’ve mentioned before in my guide to Israel with a baby, definitely bring a stroller with you for all the walking.
Note that some of the museums have cafés, but not all. It would be wise to pack some snacks for the day, and lots of water if you are visiting during the summer.
And this concludes our Israel recaps! Stay tuned for the next part of our trip…hint: it start with a Flor, and ends with an ida.
Getting to Ramat Aviv
Catch up on other things to do in Tel Aviv: Start with a day at the beach, walk through downtown and the boardwalk, check out historic Neve Tzedek, and then Yaffo (Jaffa).
Have you been to Ramat Aviv or north Tel Aviv? What was your favorite thing to do there?
Start planning your trip to Tel Aviv now! The earlier the better!