For a relatively small street, Tel Aviv’s Bialik packs quite a punch: The cul-de-sac tucked away just off the hustle and bustle of Allenby Street is lined with colorful Bauhaus gems and other landmarks of Tel Aviv history. One of the most picturesque – and educational –sites is the gleaming white building at the heart of Bialik Square called Beit Ha’ir, the former home of Tel Aviv’s first town hall, which now serves as a museum and cultural center.
The building dates back to 1924 and underwent a massive facelift on the occasion of Tel Aviv’s centennial in 2009. Now it offers multimedia exhibitions on Tel Aviv history that include photographs and other works depicting city life and culture spanning more than 100 years.
A computerized exhibit lets visitors take a tour of a “chronological timeline” of watershed moments from Tel Aviv’s early years, while other exhibits showcase documentaries about Tel Aviv history and a reconstruction of the original office of the city’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff.
For those less interested in history, Beit Ha’ir also serves as a cultural hub for contemporary artists and designers. It often hosts parties or other events for cultural magazines or collaborations, and most recently it staged a yearlong project dedicated to the art of fashion. The final segment of that undertaking, an exhibition about Shimon Shirazi, a pioneer of Tel Aviv nightlife, runs until April 6.
Beit Ha’ir, 27 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.; Tues.: 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.; Friday, Saturday and holidays: 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.; Closed Sunday.
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