The Haganah Museum is located in Tel-Aviv
at 23 Rothschild Boulevard in the house once owned by Eliyahu Golomb, one of the founders of
the Haganah. The museum is on the opposite side of Rothschild Boulevard from Independence Hall
and less than a block away. The house served as the Haganah’s main headquarters, with secret
meetings held there. Besides telling the history of the underground organization, the museum
displays an impressive collection of weapons, documents and photographs from the Haganah
Golomb's residential room and office on the ground floor, as well as
the exterior of the house, have been fully preserved. Around them were built 3 floors of
exhibits that depict the story of the establishment of the Jewish Yishuv during the
British Mandate and the story of the Haganah that defended the Jewish Yishuv. The
Yishuv (Hebrew: literally "settlement") is the term referring to the body of Jewish
residents in Palestine, before the establishment of the State of Israel.
NOTE: Up until Arab propagandists usurped the term, all people
living in what became the British mandate of Palestine were known as and identified as
Palestinians. This included Jews, Arabs, Muslims, Christians and anyone else living there.
The terms Palestine and Palestinians originated when the area was under the control of the
Romans during the 1st century C.E. and have nothing to do with the Arabs who came to
Palestine some 2,000 years later.
The main exhibition in the Haganah Museum
is arranged according to thirty subjects, tracing Israel’s defense history from 1878, when the
first "shomrim" or watchmen were organized to protect the early settlers, through the
Haganah’s establishment in June 1920, the quelling of disturbances in the 1920’s and 30’s, and
the struggle against the British authorities up to the War of Independence in 1947-48.
There is a 20-minute video on the history of the Haganah followed by a
guided tour. The exhibits consisted of photos, audio-visual presentations, weapons, models,
reconstructions and dioramas. The museum is not large and can be toured in an hour. A visit to
the Haganah Museum can easily be combined with a visit to Israel’s
Independence Hall across the street.
The Haganah Museum is open Sunday through
Thursday, from 8 AM to 4PM. The entrance fee for adults is about $4.
Shown below are photos taken at the Haganah Museum.