Abraham’s Well International Visitors’ Center
Beer Sheva, home of Avraham Avinu (the Patriarch Abraham), invites you to enjoy a unique and fascinating experience: The Abraham’s Well International Visitors’ Center. It is situated on the banks of the biblical Beer Sheva River, at the gates of the Old City. Come and discover the innovative heritage site dedicated to showcasing the life of the Patriarch Abraham and visiting the biblical well. Here the story of Abraham will be revealed to you – renowned host, peace-maker, and the spiritual father of three monotheistic religions.
The new Visitors’ Center uses advanced technology to support experiential content, making possible a 3D presentation with impressive aesthetics that surround visitors, drawing them and making them part of the experience.
Patriarch Abraham’s Well represents the long-standing tradition of the Beer-Sheva valley as a source of vital fresh water and, through the centuries, has itself been a symbol of life, brotherhood and camaraderie among desert travelers.
Alongside the educational and experiential facet, the new site opens a dialogue about values, faith and history shared by the majority of the world.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 08:30 – 17:00 (5pm), last tour leaves at 16:00 (4pm).
Friday 09:00 – 13:00 (1pm), last tour leaves at 12:00(pm).
*Visits should be booked in advance
No pets allowed.
Address: 2 Derech Hevron Street, Beer Sheva.
For reservations: Phone: +972 (0)8-6234613 | Fax: +972 (0)3-5214761 | E-mail: email@example.com
Mailing Address: 29 Gershon Dubenboim Street, Old City Beer Sheva.
The Train Yard Engine 70414
At the Train Yard Engine 70414 we offer variety of cultural, artistic and leisure activities for the whole family. The Train Engine 70414 Compound serves as a romantic meeting place, located in the hub of the vibrant metropolis of Beer Sheva. It is open for the general public throughout the week.
Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday: 9:00-17:00, Fri: 9:00-13:00
Phone Orders: +972-(0)8-6234613 (Ext 2)
Address: Blvd.’ Tuviyahu/Eli Devis, Old City of Beer Sheva
Carasso Science Park
One of the newer museums in the Old City of Be’er Sheva, the ‘Carasso Science Park’ is the largest science park in Israel. It features an interactive museum and a scientific garden with games and hands-on activities for all ages. The park offers ten interactive exhibitions in various fields of Science including: Genetics, Communication, Microelectronics, Nuclear Energy and more. There are also hundreds of technological and scientific games and exhibits. Spread over 4.25 acres, visitors can enjoy the massive outdoor sculptures and playground, the interactive fountain and three gallery exhibits. The park features structures from three different time periods: the Ottoman Empire, The British Mandate and a modern underground facility, creating a unique architectural harmony. You’re invited to come to the Gustave Leven Campus in the Old City of Be’er Sheva and take part in a scientific and cultural experience like no other.
Address: 79 Ha’atzmaut St. POB 7. Be’er Sheva 84100 Tel. +972 (0)8 625-2600
The Negev Museum of Art
The Negev Museum of Art is located in the Old City of Beer Sheva, in a charming historic building that was used in the past as home to the Turkish governor, during the Ottoman reign in Israel.
The structure was built in 1906 next to the grand mosque and other governmental buildings.
During the British mandate the building was used as home to the appointed district officer, and later as a girls’ school. After the declaration of Independence, the building served as the city’s municipality building, and was later transformed into The Negev Museum of Art, as part of the Archeology Museum compound. In 2004, an extensive renovation was completed, which included the addition of an elevator and modification of the inner spaces to modern museum presentation standards, and it is now declared as a preserved historic building. The museum contains three galleries displaying temporary exhibitions, and a vast entrance yard. Visitors can enjoy temporary exhibitions and live concerts during the summer.
Address: 60 Ha’Atsmaut St. P.O.Box 5011, Be’er Sheva. 8415001
The Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures
The Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Be’er Sheva presents a variety of historical and contemporary works of the Islamic culture. It aspires to bring to the public’s attention, and enhance its awareness to, the value of the artistic and cultural traditions of the Middle Eastern region in general and of Islam in particular.
The Fringe Theater
A New Generation Theater for artists from the south, which promotes local creativity and a unique social agenda. The theatre hosts plays, concerts, exhibitions and workshops.
Address: The corner of Anielewicz \ Mordei HaGeta’ot Streets, The Old City. Phone: 972-(0)8-6237806
Lunada – children’s museum
Lunada is an experiential museum, the first of its kind in Israel. Innovative, interactive and fun for the whole family, encouraging activity and learning for all ages at an international level.
We would like to invite you, children and adults, to come and share a special, colorful, emotional, educational and innovative experience that will leave you thirsty for more.
The museum is housed in a 4,000 sq.m, 3-story facility that includes eight knowledge spaces with over 50 exhibits and installations in addition to unique outdoor areas. Each area features a different aspect of the world we live in and allows children to experience the various layers of reality and to discover themselves and their place in personal life, family life, public and social lives, as individuals and as part of a group.
Through play in the museum’s unique areas, children are exposed to significant parts of their own world and practice important aspects of daily life such as time management, money and food, experiencing situations of interpersonal communication, meeting the world of culture and art, the solar system and unique features of planet Earth.
* Entrance to the museum is only possible without footwear.
* Entrance to youth under the age of 16 is possible only with adult supervision
Opening Hours: Sunday – 9:00-13:00
Monday – Thursday – 9:00-13:00 | 16:00-19:00
Shabbat – 9:30-18:30
Address: David Ha-Re’uveni St 25, Be’er Sheva
The Negev Zoo
The Negev Zoo is the largest zoo in the Negev spanning over 12.5 acres and home to 130 different species of birds, mammals and reptiles. The Negev Zoo garden is a cornerstone in science education for children and youth and acts as a platform for various social activities.
Address: Kiryat Batz 4
The Beer Sheva River Park
The park has biking and walking paths along the banks of biblical Beer Sheva river. The park includes playgrounds, an amphitheater, The Turkish Bridge, The Pipes Bridge, The Bell Park and more.
The Monument of the Negev Brigade
Known locally as the Andarta, it is a monument designed by Dani Karavan in memory of the members of the Palmach Negev Brigade who fell fighting on Israel’s side during the 1948 Arab Israeli War. It is situated on a hill overlooking the city of Beer Sheva from the east and constitutes a recognized symbol of the Negev and Beersheba. In addition to its strengths as a memorial, it was a precursor to the land art movement.
The monument was built between 1963 and 1968 at a time when Israel was making many physical memorials to those who fought and died in its wars. It is made of raw concrete consisting of eighteen separate elements covering 10,000 square meters. These elements are symbolic and connected to the Palmach and to the War of Independence.
The perforated tower alludes to a watchtower shelled with gunfire and the pipeline tunnel is reminiscent of the channel of water in the Negev defended by the soldiers. Engraved in the concrete are the names of the 324 soldiers who died in the war, the badge of the Palmach, diary passages from the soldiers, the battle registry, verses and songs.
Tel Beer Sheva National Park
Tel Beer Sheva, the area in which the forefathers of the Jewish nation (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) lived and worked, is an important biblical hill – one of three from Biblical times that UNESCO has included in its list of world heritage sites.
How to get here: Off the Beersheba – Shoket Junction road.
It is situated south of Omer, next to the Bedouin community of Tel Sheva. A 10-minute drive from Beersheba.
Length of visit: 1 – 2 hours
Best season: All year round
Don’t miss: The tower in the center of the site, affording visitors an impressive 360° view.