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.

Inside the museum:
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The whole complex is located on a hill, thus you can get nice views of Tel Aviv, but we will get to it later.
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The map of the museum:
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The exhibition is on the second floor of Rothschild building. This means that after entering take right and then left. It’s a 2-3 minute walk.

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.

Here is one of them:
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View of this room:
The Dancing Machine at Eretz Israel Museum

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

Besides Rothschild building you can find a small area that shows how craftsmen worked:
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Ceramics Pavilion

Then we visited ceramics pavilion. As you enter will see this big wall installation that shows how ceramics was made:
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This is recreation process of ceramics jars creation. You can see the four steps:
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Greek ceramics:
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Israeli Post Pavilion

Next to the ceramics pavilion we found the Israeli post pavilion and decided to check it out:
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Today’s kids have no idea what this is:
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Another look on the red Israeli post truck:
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Glass Pavilion

The last pavilion that we visited (not the last in the museum, but the last one our daughter had the patience for) was the glass one:
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In this pavilion I really liked this masterpiece, glass tractor:
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And I will finish with a panorama of Tel Aviv that can be seen from the museum:
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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!

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