You don’t have to travel far to feel like you are abroad… at the heart of the blossoming Western Galilee, only 90 minutes away from Tel-Aviv by car, resides the Tefen Industrial Park, a unique site incorporating industry, art, nature and plenty of Zionism.
The art gallery hosts semi-annual alternating exhibitions of Israeli art. It provides young artists with an opportunity to expose their works for the first time, displayed alongside the works of senior well-known artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, presenting an in-depth research regarding the exhibit and the artist. On Saturdays the gallery provides guided tours, giving visitors a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the world of Israeli art, even for those who feel they are no experts in the field.
The German Speaking Jewry Heritage Museum, the Jekke Heritage Center, is the only museum in Israel (and probably around the world) whose motto is to commemorate the Heritage of German Speaking Jews. The museum tells the story of the glorious history of German-speaking Jewry in central Europe up until World War II, as well as that of the Fifth Aliyah and its contribution to the Israeli society. The exhibition hall displays items arranged by topics alongside works of art. The museum is designed in a user-friendly fashion, and is equipped with innovative display technologies. It comprises a Changing Exhibitions Hall, but changes are constantly made in permanent exhibitions as well.
The Art of Industry Museum comprises three sections: the first presenting old lathes and various tools used in the chip-processing industry, the second displaying a collection of cutting tools and machinery from prehistoric times, accompanied by a fascinating explanatory film, and the third offering an interactive exhibition called “seeds of Plastic”. This exhibition consists of an active production line, the only one of its kind in Israel, that exposes visitors to the modern world of industry. Participants actively experience the process and accompany the product from the raw material stage, to the final, packaged and ready for marketing product. This exhibition is a guided activity and must be coordinated in advance.
Among the various exhibitions displayed at Tefen, an especially attractive one is the Vintage Car Collection, the largest of its kind in Israel, comprising forty classic car models from the beginning of the twentieth century to our days.
The Tefen Industrial Park spans nearly 30 acres (120 Dunams) and is constructed in the form of a Khan, consistent with Mediterranean building traditions. The vehicles approach road encircles the industrial buildings and the museums, and the internal courtyard comprises a Sculpture Garden. Approximately one hundred sculptures, created by the best of Israel’s artists, are scattered around the garden and the green lawns.
The Open museum’s team of guides welcome groups of all ages, for a variety of guided tours promoting topics related to industry, art and the combination between them. Instructions incorporate audio-visual resources, art workshops, games and activities in the various museums.
Events for the whole family are held at Tefen throughout the year. A story telling gathering is conducted on the first Saturday of each month; in addition, the public is invited to enjoy plays, workshops and activities during all vacations and holidays.
The adult audience is also offered cultural events such as a meeting with an artist, gallery conversations, vocational training for teachers and more. Visitors are also invited to view promotional films about the Industrial Park, the Sculpture Garden and Mr. Stef Wertheimer’s vision.