Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art

By Petal Mashraki | Published on 2/16/2024

Plan Your Visit

  • Location: 146 Abba Hillel Silver Street, Ramat Gan Pro Tip: Park in the Ramat Gan Stadium parking lot, about 700m from the museum, or in the parking lot at 22 Tselah Street.
  • Open Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00-14:00, Tuesday 16:00-20:00, Thursday 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00, Sunday closed.
  • Prices: Adults 40 ILS, seniors, 20 ILS, physically challenged visitors, accompanying caregivers, students, military, Ramat Gan residents,25 ILS, children under 18yrs free.
  • Average Visit Duration: 1 hour.
  • Special Events: The museum offers a wide range of activities, lectures, children’s shows, art classes, workshops, and tours that are announced on the museum website.
  • Relevant Tours: Tours of specific exhibitions are offered on the museum website. If you take a private Tel Aviv Tour, you could ask your guide to visit this museum - it's not far from central Tel Aviv. 

Lovers of contemporary art who want to see some of the top Israeli art in Tel Aviv should visit this unique museum. The art of display covers a broad range of styles and use of diverse materials.

The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli ArtThe Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art (Image source: Alex Ostrovski CC BY-SA 4.0)

See contemporary sculptures, paintings, photography, installations, multimedia, video art, and even performance art. Visitors are encouraged to get involved and participate in one of the many workshops or activities on offer. 

The exhibitions at the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art are focused on topical issues that affect Israeli society and culture as well as universal themes. There are also occasional historical tributes and research exhibitions. 

ramat gan museum of israeli artInside the Museum (Image source: Talmoryair CC BY 3.0)

This is not art for art’s sake, it is a museum that prompts discussion of important current issues. It offers a space where multicultural dialogue can take place and where equality and diversity of cultures and identities are embraced. With over 2,500 works in the museum collection, there are pieces by veteran artists and the latest up-and-coming contemporary Israeli artists.

Pro Tip: Ramat Gan has gradually become a city of museums, boasting several outstanding attractions for art lovers such as the Museum of Far Eastern Art, and the Museum of Russian Art.

Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art Building

The museum is housed in a former tile factory built in 1936. The structure has a unique shape that was determined by the unusual shape of the land that is wedged between two roads. The building was built to fit the land, creating a triangular shape in a streamlined modern style that was typical of buildings in Israel during the 1930s. 

ramat gan museum of israeli artSCREAM by Menashe Kadishman, one of the artworks displayed in the museum (Image source: Yair Talmor CC BY 3.0)

After the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, industrial businesses and factories moved out of the city center to make way for Ramat Gan’s rapid growth. The abandoned factory building was renovated, restored, and reopened in 1987 as the new Museum of Israeli Art. It retains most of its original features. With the creation of artist studios in the area, it became Ramat Gan’s Artists’ Quarter. 

In 2017, the building was remodeled, expanding the exhibition space, and emphasizing some of the factory building’s original features such as the horizontal lines, flat roof, and ribbon windows.

Pro Tip: The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art is located in the Hanan Rosen Museum Campus which houses the historical art studios (Artists’ Pavilions) of artists Nathan Rapoport, Joseph Constant, Aharon Kahana, and Kosso Eloul. 

Kiryat Omanut (Artists Quarter)

 Adjoining the Museum of Israeli Art is a complex comprising three former artists' homes - Kahana, Rapoport, and Constant. Their homes have been turned into museums. The Constant House is now a sculpture gallery, Kahana House is a ceramics studio, and Rapoport House holds Nathan Rapoport’s sculpture work.

Pro Tip: After visiting the Museum of Israeli Art you could stop at the artists’ houses, and also cross the road to enjoy the beautiful Yarkon Park.