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Archaeological Museum At Kibbutz Ein Dor *

Kibbutz Ein Dor Photo: סטודיו גרפדור / פליפה חולי

Archaeological Museum At Kibbutz Ein Dor

​The Ein Dor Archaeological Museum was established by the members of Kibbutz Ein Dor in 1986 in order to house the antiquities discovered in the Lower Galilee and Jezreel Valley. The Ein Dor Museum of Archaeology is located at the foot of the Tabor Mountain, near the biblical Ein Dor, 11 miles west of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). The museum illuminates the area’s rich and vibrant past through its permanent, outdoor and temporary exhibitions.

Archaeological Museum At Kibbutz Ein Dor Photo: תמונה זו צולמה/הוכנה על ידי המשתמש מיכאלי.

The museum invites guests to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions, and indoor and outdoor displays of ancient local architecture, agricultural equipment, pottery shards, ancient stones and ancient crafts. The exhibits reveal the nature of ancient life in the area between the settled land and the nomadic land in all periods and cultures and give evidence of the multi-cultural meeting that took place in the area. The archaeological museum uses interactive exhibits, workshops, outdoor exhibits, and state-of-the-art displays to nurture regional coexistence. 

Peace Labyrinth

The interactive Peace Labyrinth exhibit is designed to teach children aged 10 to 16, about how conflict arises and how to resolve it. Explanations are displayed in Hebrew and Arabic. This flagship exhibit is toured by 10,000 Jewish and Arab school children a year. The Peace Labyrinth, adapted from a Dutch model, was designed for children from ages 10-16. All instructions and written materials for the exhibit are presented in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Day-to-day activities in ancient cultures wing

This wing covers harvesting, preparing food, pressing olives for oil, and working in the olive groves. Visitors can try performing some of these seasonal tasks, like grinding wheat or tending the olive groves.

Coexistence

A primary goal of the museum is to promote coexistence among the Jewish, Arab, Bedouin, Druze, Muslim, Christian, and Ukrainian Cherkassy residents of the region.

Biblical Endor

Endor was a Canaanite city, which is listed in the Book of Joshua (Joshua 17:11) as one of the cities the Israelites didn’t manage to dispossess, neither the city nor its dependencies. It was located between the Hill of Moreh and Mount Tabor in the Jezreel Valley. It is mentioned twice more in the Hebrew Bible, in 1 Samuel and in Psalm 83. Endor was located in the territory of Issachar but assigned to Manasseh.

In 1 Samuel 28:4–25, Saul consulted a medium or witch at Endor (1 Samuel 28:7), who lived in the village, on the evening before the Battle of Gilboa, in which he perished.

According to Psalms 83:9–10, it was the scene of the rout of Jabin and Sisera after being defeated by Barak and Deborah in Judges 4–5.

A map showing Endor in ancient Galilee. The actual location of Endor is disputed. Public Domain

Khirbet Safsafeh / Es-Safsafa – Many believe Khirbet Safsafeh to be the site of ancient En-dor, as reflected as being the site most normally marked on maps.

Indur (إندور‎) was a Palestinian village, located 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) southeast of Nazareth. Its name preserves that of ancient Endor, a Canaanite city state thought to have been located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the northeast. The village was depopulated during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence

Indor – Endor Village – יצירה זו שוחררה לרשות הציבור על ידי יוצריה, Heritage Conservation Outside The City.

Kibbutz Ein Dor

Kibbutz Ein Dor  (עֵין דּוֹר‎, lit. “Dor Spring”) is a small agricultural community – kibbutz in northern Israel. Located in the Lower Galilee. As of 2019 it had a population of 1,031. It was the first Jewish settlement founded in Israel after the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

Kibbutz Ein Dor Photo: סטודיו גרפדור / פליפה חולי

Contact

Phone+972-4-6770333
Opening HoursSunday: 09:00 – 15:00
Monday: 09:00 – 15:00
Tuesday: 09:00 – 15:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 15:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 18:00
Friday: 10:00 – 13:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00
ParkingYes
Suitable for ChildrenYes
AccessibilityYes
Emailmuseum1@eindor.org.il

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