One of the cool things about historical sites isn’t just the older history that it represents. Rather, also the modern development of the site can be just (well, almost) as exciting.
Independence Hall on the viby Rothschild Blvd, in Tel Aviv, does just that. The site at which David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence over 70 years ago, was almost forgotten about until 20 years ago. Barely even an afterthought. It started coming to life with visitors thanks to the Birthright program that started in the year 2000. Since then, almost every visitor from abroad has stood in this historical landmark and heard about the dramatic events that lead to the creation of the State of Israel. Of course, we’ll also experience the sites and original sounds from within the room where it really happened.
Now we’re moving on to the next stage. The Museum was recently closed for major renovations. 3 years and 70 Million Shekel (roughly 20 Million Dollars) is the new big project. What’s it going to look like when the site reopens? Will we be able to actually talk to David Ben Gurion in the 21st Century? Maybe shake Golda Meir’s hand? We’ll just have to wait and see..