The Monsters Garden exhibition has been running in Tel Aviv for several years. So far, since the show is aimed at families with children, it was open during summer vacations. Last year the display was at Eretz Israel Museum, and this year it takes place at Tel Aviv Convention Center.
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The show was created by Yossi Abulafia, Ephraim Sidon, and many other talented artists. Here is the official video telling about the creation of the concept and the monsters.
And after this introduction, let’s begin the visit!
Monsters Garden Exhibition – 2018
As in many other events, full ticket prices are quite steep. The full price varies around 100 NIS per person (depending on the site). Some credit companies offer 1+1, and many websites provide discounts. I bought tickets for 50 NIS, and if you are persistent, you will probably find even cheaper ones.
The Monsters Garden Exhibition is open daily. During weekdays and Saturdays it is open from 9 am till 21 pm, and on Fridays, it is open from 9 am till 15 pm. And the event will be available till the end of August 2018.
Note: usually I prefer linking to the official site for such info, but I have not found such.
The exhibition takes place at Tel Aviv Convention Center in Pavilion 2. You can park in the big parking at Sderot Rokach, that is located in front of the Tel Aviv Convention Center. But since the entrance to Pavilion 2 is from the northern side, it will be more convenient to park at back side in Isaac Remba street. Moreover, if it not during rush hour, there is a chance of finding free parking there. And, when we visited, the back entrance was open.
At The Exhibition
Since the show is in a pavilion, you can visit at any time. It is always air-conditioned and continuously has audio-visual presentations (when the exhibition was outside, you could see the lightning only in the evening).
In front of each monster, there is a sign telling its story. There is also a countdown timer that usually starts at around five minutes. And when the timer reaches zero, the audio-visual show starts. During this show, the monster tells or sings its story. And after a minute or two, the audio-visual show end and the timer is restarted. The timers are not synchronized, and each monster performs at a different time (as the organizers wrote so that they will not fight). And at any given time, ordinarily, several monsters perform.
Also, I should mention that besides several English signs, all the songs and most signs are in Hebrew. Moreover, there is many Israeli jokes and word games. Thus, I would not recommend visiting The Monsters Garden Exhibition if you do now know Hebrew.
Since we arrived quite late, we did not do any workshops, drawing or other extra activities. We just visited the monsters. And this took us about an hour. But, if you do the other activities, you can spend several hours there.
Who is this exhibition for? Initially, I considered it as an event for children. But, our experience showed that adults enjoyed the Monsters Garden more than the children. My daughter, who is seven, did not understand many jokes and word games. Older kids would understand more. But teenagers probably will think this is a childish event and will prefer not visiting it. Thus, it is problematic to give any age recommendations, but keep in mind that toddlers and preschooler probably will not understand much.
Overall, we enjoyed the Monsters Garden exhibition, and I would recommend it to people who look for something different. Though the full ticket price is expensive for an hour-long attraction, so look for coupons online. You can find tickets for half of the full rate.
Have you visited the Monsters Garden Exhibition? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
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