A Family Independence Day Visit to Ben Gurion’s House

On the last Independence Day in May 2014 we have visited in Tel Aviv in David ben Gurion’s house, the first prime minister of Israel. We spent the holiday at Ramat HaSharon – at Grandma’s and whenever we visit her we are more than happy to visit Tel Aviv. Independence Day was an opportunity to visit ben Gurion’s house.  The house is at Ben Gurion Street 17, and it was used as the home of Ben Gurion and family during 1931 – 1973. Ben Gurion has made his home public, and starting 1974 (Ben Gurion died in 1973) it had been open to all.

David ben Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

David ben Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

Inside the house you will see various rooms and furniture preserved from the days when the family lived there. From the gifts he received as Prime Minister from rulers of the world, to various documents and correspondence between Ben-Gurion and other leaders, as well as his library containing tens of thousands of books. The tour began with a brief explanation by an employee of the place and then we toured the place independently.

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house

Adjacent to the house, there is a pavilion where a computer containing different games about Ben-Gurion operated and a film based on Ben-Gurion’s answers to children’s questions from that time period. Since the visit took place at Independence Day there was public dancing taking place in the yard. The visit was very experiential: we adults were amazed by the modesty in which Ben Gurion lived, the letters that were displayed and embody pieces of history as well as a rich library that reflects the spiritual world of Ben Gurion. The children were impressed with the library, and especially enjoyed watching the movie suitable for children and the dance sessions.

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion's house in Tel Aviv

Inside the Ben-Gurion’s house in Tel Aviv

After the visit we adults indulged in some coffee and the children enjoyed chocolate milk from a kiosk located on the boulevard near the house. Tables, chairs and benches made of wood are scattered around the kiosk, and the sitting is very pleasant. We moved into a square of sites where we parked the car in the underground garage and we got to enjoy a bit of the airshow that was to overfly the country – the boardwalk is an excellent vantage point for those wishing to watch the flyover. Moreover, for those who have time, this is a great opportunity to stroll along the boardwalk that sits close to the beach. You can plan ahead and obtain roller blades or bicycles and allow the children to ride along the boardwalk or go ashore and enjoy playing in the sand. In our case, the kids were getting impatient and wanted to go back to Grandma’s house, where the family was supposed to have a barbecue together.

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