First Aliya Museum
First Aliya Museum Review
Commissioned by Baron de Rothschild, this three-floor building is a fine example of late-19th-century Ottoman-style architecture, built of white stone with a central pediment capped by a tile roof. During World War I, the Turks used it as a military hospital. The museum is dedicated to the lives of the 30,000 immigrants who came to Palestine with the First Aliya (a period of settlement from 1882 until 1904). Life-size model displays of local immigrants (like Zachariya, the seed vendor, and Izer, the cobbler) illustrate how life was lived at that time. A film traces the struggles of a family who came from Europe in this difficult period of Israel's modern history.
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