Putting culture first
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits contemporary works by Israeli and international artists. The museum focuses mainly on art works that offer different perspectives on the social and political situation. Each year the museum presents some fifty solo shows in four exhibition cycles linked by their relevance to current issues, both local and universal. The fascinating combination of local and international artists emphasizes the ability of art to cross boundaries, to be communicative, and perhaps also to exert influence.
MUZA, the museum's educational wing, is a place for visual experimentation. MUZA offers a wide range of morning activities in the exhibitions on display, thematic programs, and enrichment and hands-on activities in the fields of video art and photography. It fosters experiential learning and encourages inquisitive and critical observation.
Museum visiting hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10:00 - 14:00
Tues, Thurs: 16:00 - 20:00
(During transitions between exhibitions the museum is closed to visitors)
There is a guided tour of the various exhibitions at the museum every Saturday at 12:00.
4 HaBanim Street, tel: 09-9551011
"Heichal Ba-Ir" at Beit Ha-Ezrach
Beit Ha-Ezrach has become the intimate home of the Performing Arts Center, and is known, in its new format, as Heichal Ba-Ir. The center offers performances in the spheres of music, theater, dance, and entertainment that are suited to the size and nature of the venue. The municipal theater is also active and holds its performances here.
In the past, the venue housed the Herzliya Ensemble - a theater company established by some of the country's leading creative minds.
5 Ben Gurion Street, tel: 09-9552921
Operates in the city center, with two auditoriums, with respective capacities of 170 and 105 seats. The Cinemateque also features another venue for coffee and more intimate performances, featuring artists from a range of artistic spheres.
The Cinemateque shows a range of quality films showcasing the top directors of all times. It also hosts artists from the Israeli and international cinema industry, and holds regular video screenings moderated by cinema critics, actors, academics, and writers. The Cinemateque also dedicates programs to top directors and actors, and offers a stage for young artists in all genres.
Parking at the Cinemateque is free of charge.
29 Sokolov Street, tel: 09-9513361
The Museum of the History of Herzliya
"Beit Rishonim", the Museum of the History of Herzliya, depicts the city's early years. It is surrounded by a large garden with fruit trees and flowers, and a Lebanese cedar grows at its side. The property belongs to the Chizhik family, among the city's veteran names, and is devoted in its entirety to recounting the story of the early settlers from their beginnings in 1924. The museum displays different aspects of the pioneers' lives using computerized audio-visual techniques. Models, photographs, furniture and artifacts dating to the time of the early pioneers combine to invoke the spirit of the time. On the balcony of the museum there is a statue of Dr. Benjamin Ze'ev Herzl, reconstructed on the basis of the famous photograph of him on the balcony of the hotel in Basel, Switzerland.
Sun-Thurs: 09:00 - 12:00
Mon: 16:00 - 18:00
Beit Rishonim garden: open Mon-Thurs 08:00 - 13:00; 16:00 - 19:30, and Fri 08:00 -f 13:00
8 HaNadiv Street, tel: 09-9504270
The Artists' Residence is located in an exceptionally beautiful spot in Herzliya. Monthly exhibitions are held in the gallery that operates on site, along with cultural events that include interdisciplinary encounters between different art forms: plastic arts, music, and literature.
7 Yodfat Street, tel: 09-9510601
Performing Arts Center
The Herzliya Performing Arts Center is located close to the Herzliya Central off-ramp on the Ayalon highway. Close by is a large parking area with free parking for visitors to the center. The building, designed by architect Miri Kaiser, includes a large hall, auditorium, expansive lobby, and coffee shop. The building also houses the offices of the Performing Arts Center, and actors' rooms. The large hall has 746 seats, each with an excellent view of the stage; a sophisticated computerized lighting system; an advanced amplification system; and a special electro-acoustic system that is unique in Israel. This system adjusts the reverberation time such that the acoustics are optimally suited to each type of performance: theater, dance, classical music, rock, etc. The auditorium seats 250.
15 Jabotinsky Street, tel: 09-9729972