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Spend a Day in Holon

 

Holon, just 15 minutes from Tel Aviv, has a wealth of attractions for tourists who are looking for some family fun, or who are interested in culture, art and design.

Our city has museums for the whole family, galleries, theaters and cultural institutions, green spaces with colorful sculptures for climbing and one of the best water parks in Israel. And that’s only part of what’s on offer.

Don’t miss these:
Design Museum Holon, whose iconic building was designed by super-designer Ron Arad, hosts rotating exhibitions presenting the best of international design from diverse design disciplines, including industrial design, fashion, textiles and jewelry. It’s a one-of-a-kind site that will interest just about anyone, if only because of its unique structure, which has won international acclaim.

The Israel Children’s Museum offers first-rate, fascinating entertainment for children as young as two-and a-half, with five different adventure routes tailored to different age groups. For teens and adults, the internationally acclaimed Dialogue in the Dark and Invitation to Silence exhibitions offer an unmediated encounter with the worlds of the blind and the deaf.

The Israeli Cartoon Museum, the only one of its kind in the country, presents both permanent and rotating exhibitions of the best of Israeli and international cartoonists and comics creators.

The Israel Puppet Center, with a museum dedicated to the art of puppetry, holds guided tours for groups that include workshops and experiential performances.

Story Gardens are scattered throughout the city and are open all day long to the public, free of charge. You can relax and let the kids play among the sculptures inspired by famous Israeli children’s stories. There are 40 Story Gardens – see how many your family can get to!

The Yamit Water Park features a variety of swimming pools, including wave pools, extreme slides, as well as Kids’ World – a separate water playground just for the little ones – with both covered and open-air pools, a spa, and rolling lawns for family entertainment.

Events and Festivals
Throughout the year, usually during school vacations and the Jewish holidays, the city and its cultural institutions host special events and festivals such as the colorful Adeloyada Parade on Purim; the Childhood Sounds Festival for children during the intermediate days of Sukkot, which offers a wealth of first-rate musical and dance performances; the Days of Song Festival during the intermediate days of Passover; the International Puppet Theater Festival during the summer; the Women’s Festival in March, and more.

National Heritage and Commemorative Sites
Those who are interested in the history of the State of Israel, can find a range of heritage and commemorative sites in Holon, where you can learn about the people and events that left their mark on the development of the city and the state. Visitors are invited to Hosmasa - The Hagana Memorial Museum, the Pillbox, the Museum of the History of Holon, the Derech Habitahon (Security Route), and Beit Lehiyot -The Center for Holocaust Awareness.

The Samaritan Neighborhood
Members of the ancient Samaritan community live in Holon. It is especially interesting to visit their homes during Sukkot, to see how the Samaritans deck the interior of their homes with an astounding array of fruits and other decorations. Visits must be prearranged. For more information, please visit the website of the Samaritan community in Israel: http://www.shomronim.com


Can’t decide where to start? Take a guided tour!

The Holon Municipality conducts guided tours for groups.

To arrange a tour, please contact Rami Aharoni at the Municipality’s General Manager’s Bureau at (03) 502-7245 I  ramia@holon.muni.il

A City Tour:

The short route (approximately 2 hours)
Meet the tour guide at the Tzafririm Parking Lot (near the northern entrance to the city); Pillbox Hill – a description of the 1948 battle and a Holon observation point; Design Museum Holon – observe the unique structure; the Mediatheque – visit the computerized library and see Israel’s most modern and innovative children’s theater hall; the Story Gardens compound on Motta Gur Street, where visitors can see how children’s stories become dazzling environmental installations; Peres Park – on the city’s east side, where the Israel Children’s Museum is located.

The combined route (approximately 4 hours)
Meet with the tour guide at the Tzafririm Parking Lot (near the northern entrance to the city); Pillbox Hill – a description of the 1948 battle and a Holon observation point; Design Museum Holon – observe the iconic building with an option of visiting the rotating exhibitions; the Mediatheque – visit the computerized library and see Israel’s most modern and innovative children’s theater hall; the Story Gardens Compound on Motta Gur Street, where visitors can see how children’s stories become dazzling environmental installations; and Peres Park – on the city’s east side, where the Israel Children’s Museum is located.
After a break, you can follow one of the children’s adventure routes in the museum, or visit the “Dialogue in the Dark” or “Invitation to Silence” exhibitions, which offer an unmediated encounter with the worlds of the blind and the deaf.

The long route (approximately 8 hours)
Meet with the tour guide at the Tzafririm Parking Lot (near the northern entrance to the city); Pillbox Hill – a description of the 1948 battle and a Holon observation point; the Story Gardens Compound on Motta Gur Street, where visitors can see how children’s stories become dazzling environmental installations; the Derech Habitahon (Security Route) and Hosmasa – here, on these sandy paths, is where the convoys to the besieged city of Jerusalem and the Negev desert traveled during the War of Independence; the Mediatheque – visit the computerized library and see Israel’s most modern and innovative children’s theater hall.

Break for lunch at the nearby Holon Mall.

After lunch, Peres Park – on the city’s east side, where the Israel Children’s Museum is located. There you can follow one of the children’s adventure routes in the museum, or visit the “Dialogue in the Dark” or “Invitation to Silence” exhibitions, which offer an unmediated encounter with the worlds of the blind and the deaf.

The Cactus Garden – featuring over 4,500 species of rare and exotic cacti.

A visit to the Samaritan neighborhood – Get to know the people of this small and unique community that zealously guards its language, culture and ancient customs and rites.

There is a fee for the tours and admission fees to some of the sites.
Group discounts are available.
To arrange a group tour, please contact Rami Aharoni at the Municipality’s General Manager’s Bureau at
(03) 502-7245 I
ramia@holon.muni.il

Have a great time in Holon!