If you don’t have time to go boar-spotting or giant-turtle watching on this trip, or if you just happen to be a little chicken when it comes to spending time with uncaged live animals, the Eretz Israel Museum has just the ticket: one of the most renowned international exhibits of wildlife photography.
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The show called "Global Nature, Local Nature" consists of some 100 wondrous photographs of monkeys and tigers and birds (oh, my!). The photographs, by international and Israeli shutterbugs, were selected in a global competition for Wildlife Photographer of the Year and by an Israeli panel, respectively.
The exhibit was previously on view at the Natural History Museum in London (which co-sponsored it along with the BBC) and it remains at the Eretz Israel Museum in Ramat Aviv until September 2.
There are action shots of assorted birds mid-flight; pictures of contemplative apes; cute and cuddly critters; colorful creepy crawlers and plenty of other images that will make you swoon at the diversity of wildlife on planet Earth. Some of the images are so vibrant, sharp and colorful that they almost seem real. Whatever you do, don’t try to pet or feed the prints.
While you're there, the museum also features other temporary and permanent exhibitions covering a vast range of fields, including archaeology, Judaica, ethnography, history and culture in pre-state Israel and traditional arts and crafts. You can easily spend a full morning or afternoon there. There is also a pleasant cafe that offers pizza, pasta, salads and fish dishes on the premises, and the museum's gift shop offers a wide selection of Israeli design, crafts and handiwork.
2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv
Hours: Sundays-Wednesdays 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.; Thursdays 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Adults: NIS 42; students: NIS 28; seniors: NIS 21; Children under 18 get in free
Tel.: (03) 641-5244; eretzmuseum.org.il