The Hagana Museum is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Hagana, a military group that served as the precursor for the Israel Defense Forces. The Hagana Museum is located on Rothschild Boulevard and Ahad Ha’am Street in Tel Aviv. It is built inside the former residence of Eliyahu Golomb, one of the Hagana’s founders and most celebrated commanders.
The bottom floor of the museum features two rooms filled with artifacts from the Golomb residence, preserved exactly as they were during the 1940s. Above the original Golomb house are three newly built floors, now used as the Hagana Museum.
In the museum, visitors will find testimonials and historical accounts of the Hagana’s battles from 1920 through 1948 over the creation of a Jewish state during the British Mandate period. Stories recounting the revolts, the creation of “Homa u’Migdal settlements” (literally meaning wall and tower as these were the primary forms of defense), the War of Independence and the creation of the State of Israel can all be found within the Hagana Museum. The museum also chronicles the transition from the Hagana as a military organization into the State’s officially recognized national army in the form of the Israel Defense Forces.
The Hagana Museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 8:30am until 4pm. There is a minimal admission fee.