Eretz Israel Museum holds The Dancing Machine exhibition (official site). It will be there until 15 October, so if you are interested, now is the time.
Map of the area:
The Dancing Machine Exhibition
We visited the Dancing Machine several weeks ago and today I wanted to share our experience.
You can reach the museum in different ways: bus, train (Tel Aviv University train station is about 15 min walk away) or car. Parking in Tel Aviv is problematic. The museum has its own parking and it costs 20 NIS for the whole day.
This exhibition is being held inside one of the buildings in Eretz Israel Museum. But, there are many other exhibitions and once inside you can visit others as well.
When you enter the exhibition you will see a big room with many… hmmm, well let’s call them toys.
Here is what they say on the official site:
A colorful, stimulating humorous and thought-provoking exhibit of mechanical toys and automata, which the spectators can operate by pressing a button. All the exhibits were made by artists who work in wood and with mechanical objects for the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in Great Britain, and are masterpieces that combine imaginative artistic design and impressive technical abilities.
It’s not a very big one. There are probably around 30-50 exhibits.
Since all the toys are moving a video will tell the story better. Here is a short video I made:
Next to this room, there is another one. This adjacent room holds a workshop. Each child receives materials (you will receive an extra ticket on entrance for this) and can create his own toy. But, since there was no room, we took the materials as take away.
The visit of the Dancing Machine took about an hour. If you are planning to visit only it, then it’s rather expensive attraction. But, if you will be visiting the rest of the museum as well, i.e. half day attraction then you get more value. But, keep in mind, the rest of the museum will be adequate for children over the age of 5.
Other Pavillions at Eretz Israel Museum
Israeli Post Pavilion
To sum up, The Dancing Machine Exhibition is very nice and kids love it. But, it is neither cheap nor big (up to two hours max). I wouldn’t recommend it for toddlers, but for preschoolers, it would be ok. Since with preschoolers, you can visit other pavilions in the museum.
See you in future travels!
You can find additional attractions on Tel Aviv page.