In addition to the permanent collections presented here, you can watch 25 different exhibitions each year - both Israeli and international. Beyond the variety of exhibitions, you can come here to absorb some cultural activity such as classical music or jazz, cinema, lectures, children's shows and more.
The museum also has a prestigious library of about 50,000 books, about 140 periodicals and about 7,000 photographs. If you step out of the museum you can wander through the sculpture garden (a garden where a variety of sculptures are displayed). More than half a million visitors visit the museum every year.
Dizengoff House was the residence of the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff, who was also the initiator of the museum. The museum collection began with dozens of individual items, which grew over time thanks to collectors and artists who donated their works to the museum.
The museum became an active cultural center in the city, and the more successful it was, the more the more the collections were expanded and larger exhibition spaces were required. As a result, the museum was moved to the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion (at the intersection of Dizengoff and Tarsat) and in 1971 its current building was inaugurated on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard.
Brutalism was mostly explosive in the 1950's and 1970's and has a very specific characteristic: construction with exposed concrete and use of various basic forms. There is something very authentic in this style - it looks for the "truth" of the structure and allows material's form and functionality to come out and get real expression. It allows construction materials to remain exposed, using natural light and simple, inexpensive materials. It is possible, then, to understand why structures built in this style were perceived as ugly, opaque and powerful.
In planning of this special structure, the architects won the Rechter Prize in 1972 for architectural design, which was awarded under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture and Sport.
Many donors donated for the construction, but the most significant was the art-loving businessman Sami Ofer and his wife who donated $20 million. After a public protest that did not allow the museum to be named after Ofer, the donation was returned to the couple and the fundraising continued.
In February 2007, Paul and Herta Amir contributed $10 million to the new wing. Work on the building lasted about 8 years (mainly due to the exchange of donors in the middle). In 2011, the wing was inaugurated with a large central space with 10 exhibition halls. The museum's current building, which has a total area of 16,000 square meters, has been doubled to a total of 33,500 square meters. The department is considered innovative and a masterpiece in the field of digital planning and complex construction technologies.