Eilat and the Negev Sights

Museum of Bedouin Culture

  • Rte. 325
  • Beersheva
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

This one-of-a-kind museum focuses on the Bedouin people, who have long populated the Negev. The study center (marked with an orange sign) is named for the late Colonel Joe Alon, a pilot who took a great interest in this area and its people. Housed in a circular building designed by Israeli architect Tzvi Lissar, the museum tells the story of the Bedouin's rapid change from a nomadic to a modern lifestyle through tableaux of life-size mannequins. They are grouped by subject: wool spinning and carpet weaving, bread baking, wedding finery (including a camel elaborately decorated for the event), donkeys and camels at work, and toys made from found objects such as pieces of wire and wood. The tools and artifacts—most handmade, and many already out of use in modern Bedouin life—form an outstanding collection. Admission includes a cup of thick coffee in a real Bedouin tent, where the sheikh performs the coffee ceremony over an open fire.

Sight Information

Address:

Rte. 325, next to Kibbutz Lahav, Beersheva, Southern District, 85335, Israel

Phone:

08-991–3322

Sight Details:

  • NIS 20
  • Sun.–Thurs. 9–4, Fri. and holiday eves 9–2

Published 03/07/2016

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