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|Location Chaim Levanon 10, Tel Aviv, Israel|
|City Tel Aviv-Yafo|
|Open to visitors yes|
|Need appointment no|
|Handicap accessibility yes|
|Geographical Coordinates 32.10375,34.79707|
The Palmach Museum (Hebrew: מוזיאון הפלמ"ח) is a museum located in Ramat Aviv, Israel dedicated to the Palmach, the strike-force of the pre-state underground Hagana defense organization, which was later integrated into the Israel Defense Forces. Opened in 2000, the Palmach Museum commemorates the contribution of the Palmach to the creation of the State of Israel. It was designed by the Polish born Israeli architect Zvi Hecker and Israeli born Architect Rafi Segal .
The museum is underground in a series of multimedia experience chambers, starting with a memorial for the fallen. The first room one enters is a scale version of Tel Aviv's Herzl Street in 1941, where newsreel of the period reporting on the war in Europe projected on the street scene. This sets the stage for the telling of the formation of the Palmach, which was geared to dealing with two threats: the German army in North Africa and the attacks by Arabs on the Yishuv, the Jewish community.
The next chamber is suddenly an eucalyptus grove at night, far from any prying eyes. Where visitors meet a unit of seven new Palmach recruits and their commander in their training orientation.
These actors, representing archetypes of Jewish origins, carries the visitor through the rest of the program.
Chamber after chamber, visitors follow the unit through training, experiences and personalities. Some are assigned to blowing up bridges, others to lead supply convoys to Jerusalem, others to bring in immigration ships. Two of the characters fall in love.
The visitor gets a chance to listen, with the characters, to the UN vote on the fate of the country, and battle through the War of Independence.