The tours are currently offered in Hebrew
Trees and Gardens
This tour focuses on the landscaping and unique trees found on the Weizmann Campus, including rare plants that can be found nowhere else in Israel. Visitors will hear the stories on the origins and distinctive characteristics of the trees and how they were brought to Israel.
A walk through the Weizmann campus introduces visitors to the highlights of Israeli architectural history - from the earliest buildings of the Daniel Sieff Research Institute and the Weizmann Institute of Science, both founded in the first half of the 20th century, to the Institute’s architectural emblem - the Koffler particle accelerator, to the modern glass structures of the 21st century. During the tours, visitors learn to recognize examples of different architectural styles: the International Style exemplified by Erich Mendelssohn, the Brutalism of bare concrete buildings, Structuralism, Post-modernism and more.
The Weizmann Institute campus is like an open, outdoor gallery and features a variety of Israeli and international sculptures, including works by Menashe Kadishman, Sorel Etrog, Igael Tumarkin, Nathan Rapaport, Dani Karavan, Salvador Dali and others. The sculpture tours familiarize participants with artistic concepts and trends, and their historical contexts.
Inside Vera's Living Room
What were the distinguished guests of Vera and Chaim Weizmann, the “presidential couple”, served at meals? How did the First Lady manage the household? Who did the shopping? Who arranged the flowers? Vera Weizmann single-handedly ran the Rehovot “Weizmann Estate,” the private residence of the Weizmanns that later became the official residence of the President of Israel. She set the tone of daily life, and in her elegant and aristocratic style created the rules of official hospitality. The tour, held on the Weizmann Estate, follows the character of the First Lady and the lifestyle of the first President. Visitors are invited to explore the rooms of the house, learn the history of its construction, and hear stories about the kitchen, other rooms, and different household items.
Each Weizmann Art Tour will visit two exhibitions out of the following:
Blowing in the Wind, Eitan Vitkon
Feinberg Graduate School/David Lopatie Center for Graduate Studies, Weizmann Institute of Science
Eye Contact: featuring the work of scientists and artists, Curator: Yivsam Azgad
Edna and K.B. Weissman Building of Physical Sciences and the Nehemia and Naomi Cohen Building
Old, Fake News: Agnieszka Kurant, Vardi Bobrow and Yael Balaban.
David Lopatie Conference Centre, Weizmann Institute of Science
Map, Map on the Wall: Cartography in Science and Art
Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Building for Biomedical Research
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All tours are free of charge and are open to the public but require pre-registration. The tours begin at 10:00 at the Levinson Visitors Center, with the exception of “Inside Vera’s Living Room,” which is held at Weizmann House.
The number of spots on each tour is limited. Tours last approximately two hours.
Register by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please specify your full name, the title and date of the requested tour, the number of participants, and a phone number at which you can be reached.
For all tours, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes, and bringing a hat and a bottle of water.
Naama Luria Arbili - Trees and gardens
Naama Luria Arbili is the third generation of a farming family from Moshav Beit Shearim in the Jezreel Valley. A true “nature girl” with a rural education, she has a deep love and connection with Israel, the land, and its plants and landscapes. She began gardening seriously when she was 16 years old and in 2001, completed her landscape architecture degree at Ruppin College. Having previously served for seven years as the deputy director of the Gardening Department at the Weizmann Institute, she is intimately acquainted with every tree and garden on campus.
Naama currently lives with her family in Moshav Beit Shearim and works in an agronomists’ office in Haifa. Naama is a co-founder of the Israeli Association of Landscape Architects and is active in “green” and environmental volunteering. She also loves photographing flora and nature.
Dr. Michal Chacham - Inside Vera’s Living Room
Dr. Michal Chacham is a cultural researcher who studies the daily life and visual culture of the Jewish settlement during the Yishuv and the first years of the State of Israel. She is a lecturer at Shenkar College, the Open University and Beit Berl and gives lectures to the public on topics related to Israeli society, culture and art. She also curates private collections.
Dekel Goodovitch - Architecture
Dekel Goodovitch began his architectural studies at the Design and Architecture Workshop and completed them at the Technion in Haifa, where he was included on the Dean’s List. During his studies, he was a tour guide for the Society for the Protection of Nature and for public schools. Since completing his degree in 2001, he has been active in many aspects of architecture:
- Planning and design: Dekel is involved in all aspects of building planning (preservation, residential, commercial) and residential interior design, both privately and as a partner in his father’s firm - Israel Goodovitch, the legendary city engineer of Tel Aviv.
- Journalism: Dekel has created two video series and developed a series of architectural articles for the Walla news site. He has also written two books, one about the Assuta Hospital, and one on the architecture of the Weizmann Institute campus. He currently serves as the design and architecture reporter for the Calcalist newspaper and the design magazine Binyan ve’Diyur.
- Teaching: Dekel previously served as a lecturer on architecture at the Avni Institute and an architectural tour guide for Binyan ve’Diyur. He currently guides tours on the architecture of the Weizmann campus.
- Art: Dekel has participated in a number of group exhibitions, as well as performances, video art, and the Acre Festival. Furthermore, he served as the curator for the first Biennale of Israeli Internet Art.
Karin Eden - Art and Sculptures
Karin Eden is a curator, researcher, and lecturer on visual culture and the history of art, specializing in modern and contemporary art, and new media. She is the founder of Get ARTYtude, which promotes visual culture, art and education and offers unique entertainment experiences that combine lectures, video art, performance, music and refreshments.
Karin received her B.F.A. from Hunter College in New York, as well as a B.A. in art from the Slade School of Fine Art - University College London. She completed her M.A. in art history curation and visual culture at Ben Gurion University.
Karin has extensive professional experience in art and curation. She is a senior lecturer at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and an assistant curator. She also serves as a curator and director of artist relations at a video art start-up, and lecturer for a joint program between the Google Art Project and the Ministry of Education. Other clients include Israeli institutes of higher learning, galleries, museums, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Avshalom Institute for Land of Israel Studies, and a number of Israeli municipalities.