Located between Shmaryahu Levin Street and Balfour Street, in the historic Hadar HaCarmel
neighborhood of Haifa, is the MadaTech - the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology,
and Space. It is Israel’s largest science museum.
Established in 1983, MadaTech is housed in the historic landmark, "Technion building",
located at the heart of a 7 acres green campus. The campus features the Northern Garden, where the palm tree planted by
Albert Einstein in 1923 still stands. The Noble Energy Science Park is located on the campus yard and not far from it is
the Cinematrix Theater and the laboratory department of MadaTech’s education wing.
Designed at the turn of the 20th century, by renowned German Jewish architect, Alexander Baerwald,
MadaTech was originally home to the country's first academic institution, The Technion, the MIT of
Over 400,000 visitors come to MadaTech annually where they can look, feel, explore and
enjoy over 20 exhibitions featuring more than 600 hands-on exhibits, and watch 7 Cinematrix multi-sense 3-D movies 362 days
I visited the Museum in 2010 and enjoyed it immensely The exhibits were totally hands-on. An
Israeli-designed and -built Kfir jet fighter aircraft sat in the museum’s courtyard, complete with air-to-air missiles.
MadaTech reminded me of a smaller scale, less high-tech Boston Museum of Science, but without much of
An interesting part of my visit to MadaTech was a 30-minute 3-D movie in its Cinematrix
Theater. The movie I saw, Odyssey into the Universe focused on the evolution of the solar system, beginning with
the Big Bang and culminating in the sun's demise five billion years from now. Cinematrix was the first of its kind in the
world - an extraordinary, innovative SMART Theater which engages all senses simultaneously.
The Cinematrix Theatre provides an amazing experience, engaging four dimensions: Seeing, Hearing,
Feeling and Riding; and using Multi-Interactive systems boasting the latest techniques: 3-D film, multi-channel sound system,
and smart seats, with built-in ticklers and dual-motion capability - complemented by scent, air flow and water effects. While
experiencing the Odyssey into the Universe movie I was subjected me to bouncing seats, flashes of light, bursts of
smoke, and even a short spray of water.
MadaTech is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday.