Dizengoff House

This item was last updated in: 10/5/2009.

  • Building Type: Museum.
  • Constuction ended in 1910.
  • Location: 16 Rothschild Blvd.
  • Dizengoff house was the dwelling place of Tel Aviv first mayor, Me'ir Dizengoff and his wife, Tzina. It was one of the first buildings in Achuzat Ba'it, (The current TLV) built a year after the formal declaration of the city establishment.
  • After Me'ir Dizengoff's wife, Tzina, passed away, he donated his house to be a museum. The first art-museum of Tel Aviv, then called "Tel Aviv Museum", was opened at the building in 1932. The opening of the museum was a dream to come true for Me'ir Dizengoff. He kept living at the building until he died, a year after the museum's opening.
  • In its first years, Dizengoff house was only one storey building. In the late 20's, a second floor was built, its style was eastern-eclectic. The architect of the second floor was David Hershkovich. After Dizengoff donated his house for the city in order to establish a museum, the building was changed again, this time, the architect Carl Rubin was the one who designed the transformation which included a symmetrical shaping of the building with a reduction of architectural decorations, a simple form which was typical for the architecture of Tel Aviv that time.
  • In 14th of may, 1948, the state of Israel was declared by the first prime-minister, David Ben Gurion, at the hall inside the building. The assembly had to take place secretly because of treats from Arab countries of invading Israel, if a state is declared. The hall in Dizengoff house was chosen for the assembly place because it was available and protected from attacks. Chairs from cafes around Rothschild Blvd. were brought inside the hall while loudspeakers were set outside in order to announce the declaration of independence, listened by Tel Aviv inhabitants who gathered at the avenue.
  • Dizengoff house currently contains two museums: The Hall of Independence museum works in the first floor, and The Bible House museum in the second and third floors.
  • The Hall of Independence museum works as a history exposition place for the decleration of the state of Israel. The exhibition tour starts by information about Hertzel, continues by information about Tel Aviv establishment story and Me'ir Dizengoff, and ends at the hall where the state of Israel was declared. The hall was restored in 1978 and opened for visitors. Most of the items in the hall are original, others were strictly restored. A presentation and a recording of the historic declaration can be seen inside the hall.
  • The Bible House museum in the second and third floors presents works of art about the bible; photos, pictures, statues, bible books in more than 350 languages and models which describe the biblical stories.
  • The building hosts temporary exhibitions of artists and sculptors.
  • The building contains several libraries for biblical, Israel, Zionism and the city of Tel Aviv topics.
  • The building hosts lectures about Tel Aviv and a movie at that topic, is being frequently screened.
  • The establishers memorial, built in 1959, stands in front of Dizengoff house. This the same place where the famous plot lottery took place in 11.04.1909.