The Itshak Rabin Museum commemorates the life and work of Prime Minister Rabin up until the day of his assassination, on November 4th, 1995. This is an interactive museum that engages all of the senses, through film, music, photography, displays and dynamic presentations.
The Museum is part of the Rabin Center, located in a circular architectural structure. In order to progress through the exhibit, the visitor follows a stair-free, circular path that descends from level to level through a well lit hallway, and observes the exhibits in rooms set to the side of the main path.
The amount of information available in the Rabin Museum is more that can be processed in a single visit. It covers a broad spectrum of events that characterize the 20th century, particularly the period of Rabin’s lifetime. The displays follow developments in Rabin’s leadership as well as his activities concerning the State of Israel.
A visit to the Museum addresses three aspects of twentieth century history: select events in the life of Itzhak Rabin, milestones in the development of Israel throughout those years, and the major events that took place in the world during that time. The major life events of Prime Minister Rabin are displayed through the media of films, documents, and personal items; the history of the State of Israel is conveyed through photographs, presentations, and film archives, some of which are rare; and the world events are part of the pictorial design on the floor. In this manner, the visitor can keep track of the global developments that coincide with the chronological progress from exhibit to exhibit.
Each exhibit is dedicated to a different period and emphasizes events relevant to the development of Israeli society during that time, beginning in the 1920s and culminating in the assassination of the Prime Minister in 1995. Each exhibit includes in its display also the issues that were controversial at the time, and the resulting confrontations that led to rifts in Israeli society.
The Museum’s main hallway focuses on the life of Rabin. A chronological list of his activities is displayed on the hallway floor, and at the entrance to each of the period rooms there is a summary of the Prime Minister’s major accomplishments during those years. Personal memorabilia, displayed in glass cases in the rooms, provide a glimpse into the leader’s private life.