The Herzl Museum in Jerusalem will offer free entry to all visitors on Herzl Day, which will take place this year on Monday, May 4.
Herzl Day is marked every year on the 10th day of the month of Iyyar, which is the birthday of Theodor Herzl, in commemoration of the memory and work of the father of modern political Zionism.
This day was set by the Knesset in the Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl Law adopted in 2004 with the purpose of “inculcating future generations with the vision, legacy and activity of Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl, to honor his memory, to teach future generations and to effect the creation of the State of Israel in accordance with his Zionist vision, together with its institutions, its objectives and its image.”
Herzl Museum (Photo: Gidi Avinari)
The new Herzl Museum, founded by the Department for Zionist Activities of the World Zionist Organization, was opened in 2005 on Mount Herzl. It provides a spectacular audio-visual encounter with the visionary of the Jewish state, and offers a thought-provoking, hour-long portrait regarding the status of the Jews according to Herzl.
The museum offers tours in seven languages: Hebrew, English, Russian, French, Spanish, German and Amharic.
A visit to the museum allows the public to share, through movement, Herzl’s daring aspirations, his deep disappointments and his turbulent personal journey. The greatness of his achievements intensifies Herzl’s vision and allows visitors to feel as if they have shared in the challenge of his legacy.
During the visit, sightseers accompany the State's visionary in a persistent dialogue between the world of his time and modern reality. Innovative audio visual screens present images from Herzl's life, embedded with documents, certificates and original photos, alongside a contemporary film about a young actor asked to play Herzl.
Sunday-Thursday: 8:45 am-3:15 pm
Friday: 8:45 am-12:15 pm
Length of the visit to the museum: About 75 minutes.
Educational activities: The Herzl Center offers a variety of educational programs and tours. Programs and tours must be arranged in advance.
Visits to the museum must be arranged in advance. Other visitors will be permitted to enter on a space available basis. The Museum is located at the entrance to Mount Herzl, Herzl Boulevard, Jerusalem.
Bus lines to the museum: 14, 18, 20, 27, 33, 13, 21.
The Museum is wheelchair accessible.