Hamizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass
Hamizgaga - A Museum for regional archaeology and glass is housed in a two-story stone structure in the heart of Kibbutz Nahsholim, and within a short walking distance from Tel Dor.
The building was built in 1891, an initiative by Baron Rothschild to be a factory for producing glass wine bottles. Meir Dizengoff, who was later to become the mayor of Tel Aviv, was appointed to be the manager of the factory. Because of the numerous difficulties – malaria, the local sand's unsuitability, and a lack of profitability – the factory was closed and abandoned within a few years of its opening.
In 1980, members of Kibbutz Nahsholim began to restore the structure. At the same time archaeological excavations begun at Tel Dor and nearby bays, and the factory became a charming and unusual museum showcasing contemporary glass and ceramic art alongside diverse local archaeology (some dating back to biblical times). The findings tell the story of an ancient port city, once vibrant and prospeous.
Come along to explore and enjoy this unique gem.
Curator: Bracha Zilberstein.
D.N Hof Hacarmel
Sun-Thu: 9:00 - 15:00
Fri: 9:00 - 13:00
Sat: open for groups of 15 or more
Adult: 30 Ils
Child (5-18):15 Ils
Israeli senior citizen card holder: 15 Ils
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Photographs of the archaeological findings courtesy of the Antiquities Authority