A visit to the Museum of Philistine Culture
Although I am Jewish, I must have had the luck of the Irish. Imagine a private tour with the curator of the only Museum of Philistine Culture in the world, Ms. Yael Weisel, curator of the temporary ethnographic exhibitions. Not only that, but our guide was Dr. Amit Dagan who uncovered the two-horned Philistine altar at Tel Tzafit. (I said Philistine, not Palestinian.) A copy of the altar is exhibited in the Philistine Culture Museum. Ms. Galit Litani is the curator of the permanent exhibitions.
The Bible presents the Philistine through the eyes of its author who considered them a cruel, oppressive, tough and aggressive enemy. But what do we really know about them? Who were they? Where did they come from and why? What did their cities, homes and temples looked like? How did they live? How were they buried? And where did this people go when they disappeared?
This museum is the only archeology museum in Israel and the world dedicated solely to the Philistine culture. Here you can visit to a Philistine family, their idols and cultic objects. Follow the journey of the Sea Peoples. Knock down the pillars of Samson in an interactive exhibit. The museum is in Ashdod, which was once a Philistine city.
Only here can you get to know the Philistines through your taste buds: Go back in time, dress as a Philistine and enjoy a rich Philistine meal.
The Corinne Mamane Museum of Philistine Culture houses archaeological and historical, exhibitions with audio-visual presentations, as well as temporary exhibitions.
The museum was donated in memory of Corinne Mamane. Corine’s love for Israel and children were a part of her personality. On June 15th 1984 Corinne celebrated the results of
her examinations and was involved in a tragic accident where she lost her life. Naming a museum after Corinne in Ashdod, a young and growing city
in Israel, is in her family’s view a realization of her dreams.
- Sun 09:00-16:00
- Mon 09:00-20:00
- Tue 09:00-16:00
- Wed 09:00-16:00
- Thu 09:00-16:00
- Fri 10:30-13:30
- Sat 10:30-13:30
Admission: Entrance free
Address: 16 Hashayatim St., Ashdod
- Accessible for disabled.
- Parking is available.
- Pets are prohibitied.
- Restaurant is Kosher.