Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Arts and Studies

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Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Arts and Studies

Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Arts and Studies
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09:00 - 14:00
Monday
09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 14:00
Thursday
09:00 - 14:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 14:00
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
A modest museum containing an amazing collection of Far East art in the memory of a special person.
Oct 2019
A modest and not particularly large museum that serves as a residence to an amazing collection of antiquities and art from the Far East. This wonderful collection was donated to the kibbutz members by Wilfred Israel who was a son of a rich Jewish family in Germany before the Nazis came to power. During World War II, Wilfred engaged in smuggling Jews, mainly children, and sending them "on the children's train" to England. Wilfred was killed when the plane he was flying to England was shot down by a German fighter jet over the English Channel.
Written 15 September 2020
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Haim R
Tel Aviv, Israel22 contributions
Very small, but interesting museum dedicated to far east art.
Nov 2018 • Solo
Very pleasant and very small museum, dedicated (permanent exhibition) to the collection of far east art of Wilfred Israel. The story of Wilfred is even more fascinating than the collection itself. There are also temporary exhibitions, present being of video art by Chinese artist and some sculptures by a Japanese artist. It is a good idea to take a stroll through the path of the kibutz Hazorea that the museum is situated in. To summarize: very pleasant and lovely place, not worth a dedicated trip, but if you are in the vicinity you may spend very pleasant hour or two there.
Written 17 November 2018
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shimon s
Rehovot, Israel161 contributions
Small but moving museum
Feb 2018 • Couples
The Wilfred Israel museum is dedicated to a German/British Jew who was instrumental in saving thousands of Jews from the clutch of the Nazis, among them thousands of children who were sent on the Kindertransports to England. He also contributed a great deal to Zkonist activity and bequeathed his priceless Asian art collection to the kibbutz.
The museum has a permanent exhibit of his impressive collection and screens a very moving, informative film about this amazing hero. A must for anybody interested in the Holocaust. Definitely a worthwhile attraction to visit when in the Northern district.
Written 12 February 2018
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D L
Tel Aviv, Israel572 contributions
It is a small gallery, a far cry from being a museum
Dec 2015 • Couples
This museum is essentially 3 medium-sized rooms. We went there to see a South Korean modern art exhibition.
Me and my wife found the the museum and exhibition more like a gallery, while the modern South Korean exhibition to be interesting yet a very small one.

If you are on the way and near Haifa and have the time you can or then you should probably see this museum.
Written 25 December 2015
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MHazarie
Hazorea1 contribution
Outstanding Eastern Art across from Nazareth
Aug 2013 • Friends
Museum of wonderful and exquisite Eastern art in Kibbutz Hazorea, set in the beautiful Jesrel valley, across from Nazareth and a short distance from Megiddo also known as Armageddon (where in the book of Revelation it is predicted that the last battle will be fought here at Armageddon, between good and evil). There are some rare vases and other piecies from China and many sculpture of pensive Budda from India and Burma, part of the permanent exhibition. There is also two other halls with rotating exhibitions of works of local and international artists.
You can also see a movie about Wilfred Israel, who donated the art to the museum and who also saved thousands of German Jewish children from Hitler's death camps in an effort that is known today as the "Kinder Transport". Very worthwhile viewing this film.
Other places to visit that are close by
1) Nazereth ( 30 minutes away)
2) Tel Megiddo (10 minutes away)
3) City of Haifa (20 minutes away)
4) Lake Tiberious (60 minutes away); where Jesus performed many of the miracles as written in the Bible.
Highly recommended and have a wonderful time
Written 18 September 2013
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OphirB
Israel5,941 contributions
Not just a museum, but a place with a character and a unique history
Jul 2013 • Couples
This museum may not be the biggest one, not even in Israel, but is among the oldest and most unique ones in Israel. Located in Kibbutz Hazorea in the Yizrael Valley (northern Israel), it was founded in 1951, just 3 years after the state of Israel got its independence. At that tim the Hazorea founders were still struggling with many other issues, rather than opening a museum with a unique far-eastern art collection. This surprising gift was bequeathed to them 8 years earlier by Wilfrid Israel who died when his plane was shot down by the Nazis on June 1st, 1943. From that time the museum carried the name of this somehow mysterious man, and except for his art collection, around 400 different and changing exhibitions were displayed in its 4 major show rooms. Only recently, a short 30 minutes documentary was produced to tell the story of "Wilfrid Israel - The Savior from Berlin", the man who has saved many thousands of Jews before and during the holocaust, until he himself was killed.
When visiting the museum, you can see the currently presented exhibitions (usually 2-3) in addition to the permanent display of some of the Wilfrid's original collection. Don't miss watching the film.
In addition to the museum, there's a lot more to see in that area. Beautiful forests with a flowing creek (in winter and spring), beautiful views of the valley with its huge fields and fish ponds, the Carmel monestary of Muhraka, Nazareth and its holy sites (about 40 minutes away) and the whole Haifa area (20 minutes away).
For getting the most updated details on current exhibitions go to: www.wilfrid.org.il.
For learning more about the Wilfrid Israel film project go to: www.wilfridisraelfilm.org
Written 15 September 2013
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Monobasis
The Steamy Middle East17 contributions
Not earthshaking
Jun 2013 • Couples
This museum is essentially two medium-sized rooms. When we were there, one was used for a semi-permanent exhibit of 'traditional' Asian art, overwhelmingly works of decorative art, up to and including the Twentieth Century, and the second room was devoted to an exhibition of a Palestinian painter who used traditional Islamic motifs in his work, with more traditional Islamic works for comparison. In the first room, the works are organized by material, type of vessel, genre, etc.

I found none of the works to be extraordinary, though some were very good. For example, there were, as I remember, two 'celadon' vases; in both cases, the potting and the glazing were technically competent, as they always are, but the glaze itself was just greener than it is in the best; they missed the mystery of celadon.

If you are in the land of Israel and are interested in Eastern art you should probably see this museum also, but mainly because there is so little Far Eastern art on exhibit in this country.
Written 8 September 2013
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  • Mon - Mon 09:00 - 14:00
  • Tue - Tue 12:00 - 17:00
  • Wed - Thu 09:00 - 14:00
  • Fri - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 14:00


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