Museums in Haifa, Haifa (Self Guided)

Haifa is one of the most beautiful cities in the Holy Land. Besides its great spiritual value, Haifa is also the cultural capital of Israel. It’s the site of the first ever theatre in the Holy Land, and is also home to a large number of museums. Take this tour to discover the most popular museums in Haifa.
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Museums in Haifa Map

Guide Name: Museums in Haifa
Guide Location: Israel » Haifa (See other walking tours in Haifa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: nataly
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Mané-Katz Museum

1) Mané-Katz Museum (must see)

Mané-Katz left his paintings and extensive personal collection of Jewish ethnography to the city of Haifa. Four years before his death, the mayor of Haifa, Abba Hushi, provided him with a building on Mt. Carmel to house his work, which became the Mané-Katz Museum. The exhibit includes Mané-Katz's oils, showing a progressive change in style over the years, a signed portrait of the artist by Picasso dated 1932 and a large collection of Jewish ritual objects.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're into contemporary art from an artist who won the Legion of Honor for his work, stop here.
You won't be disappointed; also there's a beautiful view of Haifa Bay from the top of Mt. Carmel.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Wed: 10am-4pm; Thu: 4pm-7pm; Fri: 10am-1pm; Sat: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stekelis Museum of Prehistory

2) Stekelis Museum of Prehistory

The Stekelis Museum of Prehistory is situated near famous Carmel Mountain. It is one of the most interesting museums in Haifa, with a great collection of archaeological finds not only from Haifa but also from the entire northern part of Israel. Its captivating exhibits tell the story of prehistoric man in this part of the world. The museum is also located next to the fantastic Zoo Park

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 10 am - 3 pm; Friday: 10 am - 1 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
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Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

3) Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art (must see)

The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is devoted to displaying and conserving Japanese artworks and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. It was founded in 1959, with the assistance and on the initiative of Felix Tikotin (1893-1986) of the Netherlands, and the late Abba Hushi, who was then the Mayor of Haifa. The museum's collection comprises some 7,000 items including paintings, prints, drawings, screens, textiles, ancient illustrated books, ceramics, miniature carvings (netsuke), metal and lacquer work, antique swords and handicrafts, mainly from the 14th to 19th centuries. It also has some modern Japanese artworks. In 1995, a new wing designed by the late Japanese architect Junzō Yoshimura of Tokyo and Israeli architect Professor Al Mansfeld was added to the existing gallery.

Why You Should Visit:
Japan's art in a nutshell! Lots of constant exhibits of 'classical' Japanese art plus regular temporary exhibitions.
Signage is good (in both Hebrew & English); there is a small cafeteria and a pretty sweet gift shop.

Tip:
Might look just a bit overpriced, but check for discounts and consider buying a combined ticket (6 museums in a week for ~15 euro – see the Haifa Museums site).

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 10am-7pm; Fri: 10am-1pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Haifa Museum of Art

4) Haifa Museum of Art (must see)

Haifa Museum of Art is nestled within a stone building for preservation. The museum showcases the works of Israeli and international artists and unfolds on the one hand the story of Israeli culture from the beginning of the 20th century, and on the other, the place of contemporary art in the age of globalization.

One of the three largest museums of art in Israel, Haifa Museum of Art sprawls over approximately 3,500 sqm and resides in three floors. The museum is an institution and an attraction for artists and art theorists who explore the topics of the history of Israeli and international art, with emphasis on contemporary art, which relate to essence, meaning, and the potential embodied in the museum’s collection.

Why You Should Visit:
Smart use of exhibits on 2 floors, plus air-conditioning, toilets and plenty of space.
Of course there's a shop and a café as well!

Opening Hours:
Sun-Wed: 10am-4pm; Thu: 10am-7pm; Fri: 10am-1pm; Sat: 10am-3pm
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Madatech — Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space

5) Madatech — Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space (must see)

The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space (also known as Madatech) is the home of science and technology in the city of Haifa, and attracts approximately 200,000 visitors each year. The museum, established in 1983, is housed in a historic building that was designed as the first home of the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, until it relocated to its current campus. The architect was Alexander Baerwald, a German Jewish immigrant, who began working on the building in 1912. On a visit to the Technion in 1923, Albert Einstein planted one of the palm trees in the courtyard, which can still be seen today.

Why You Should Visit:
Very accessible for kids and has lots of different interactive activities and exhibitions.
Most exhibits are good for adults as well, and the collections of old instruments & machines are terrific.

Tip:
Make sure you have a lot of free time, as you might want to dedicate a full day for it!
Best to enjoy the science garden out back in the summer when kids can run into the water-fountain.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Wed: 10am-3pm; Thu, Sat: 10am-5pm; Fri: 10am-2pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Israel Railway Museum

6) Israel Railway Museum (must see)

The Israel Railway Museum is located at the former Haifa East Railway Station. Owned by Israel Railways, the museum recounts the history of Israel national railway as well as that of the neighboring states, spanning all the way back to 1892. The location itself is an attraction, as it was the shed for the Jezreel Valley branch of the former Hejaz Railway. The museum features a collection of rolling stock, signs, tickets and other items. It has both an indoor and an outdoor section, with the indoor section having been renovated in 2000.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting spot which incorporates railroad history along with Ottoman & British Mandate history.
Signage is very helpful and you can climb into many of the retired old cars and engines

Tip:
Don't forget to visit the annex across the tracks for some more artifacts and photos.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 8am-3:30pm; eve of festivals & holidays: 8am-1pm
Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Haifa, Israel

Create Your Own Walk in Haifa

Create Your Own Walk in Haifa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Haifa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bat Galim Neighborhood Walking Tour

Bat Galim Neighborhood Walking Tour

One of Haifa’s oldest neighborhoods, Bat Galim is located in one of the most picturesque areas of the city. First settled in the 1920s, the neighborhood extends from the bottom of Mount Carmel to the Bat Galim Bay. Popular for walking tours, the area is home to many famous landmarks, such as the Rambam Medical Center, the National Maritime Museum and Elijah's Cave. Take this tour to see the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa

Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa

Since its emergence in the 19th Century, the Baha’i Faith has spread its influence to many parts of the world. The Baha’I World Centre buildings are situated around Israel, and the most important ones are located in Haifa. Take this tour to discover the most popular Baha’i places in Haifa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Shopping in Haifa

Shopping in Haifa

Haifa is a multicultural city that has a lot to offer to visitors. It is particularly great for shopping, with lots of specialty shops and stores for clothes, books, souvenirs and gifts. Don't leave without sampling the fantastic open-air markets, where you can find all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Take this tour to discover the best shopping spots in Haifa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Architecture Walking Tour in Haifa

Architecture Walking Tour in Haifa

Haifa is a city that prides itself on preserving its history and traditions. As a result, today you can still see beautiful buildings around the city that date back to the 1800s, as well as some very picturesque Persian gardens. Take this tour to discover the most impressive buildings in Haifa.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Ein Hod Village Walking Tour

Ein Hod Village Walking Tour

Located just 12km from Haifa city, Ein Hod is a truly amazing little village. Dubbed an "artist's colony", Ein Hod is full of creative and talented people. It was founded in 1953 as a home for exiled poets, philosophers and artists from all over Europe, including Marcel Janco, Shoshana & Dov Portnov, Israel Rubinstein and many others. Take this tour to discover the best museums,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Haifa is the largest city in the northern Israel, and the second largest in the country. Haifa was raised on the slopes of the Mount Carmel, dating back to Biblical times. The city preserved its history and traditions. Besides its great spiritual value, Haifa is also the cultural capital of Israel, home to a large number of museums, beautiful buildings and picturesque Persian gardens. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Haifa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Haifa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Haifa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.