The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art can be found high up on the Carmel Mountain and is devoted entirely to the conservation and display of Japanese objets d'art. In actual fact, it is the only museum of its kind in the Middle East. The museum – built in 1959 - was founded by the Haifa Municipality, on the initiative and in partnership with Felix Tikotin (1893-1986), who came from Holland, and the late Abba Khushy (1898 - 1969), who was Mayor of Haifa at that time. The museum adopted as its mottos its three basic aims:
'to enable the Israeli public to become more closely acquainted with Japanese culture and thereby to increase their artistic knowledge and enhance their lives,'
'to advance the mutual understanding between Israel and Japan and between the inhabitants of Eastern and Western Asia
'to encourage even more research into the art and culture of Japan.'
In 1995, a new, three-storey wing was added to the museum, which included a floor for a parking garage. This wing was designed by the Japanese architect, Junzo Yoshinura, in partnership with the Israeli architect, Al Mansfeld. The two exhibition halls situated in this new wing cover an area of 470 square meters. In addition, there is an auditorium with seating space for 200 people.
Address: 89 President (Ha-Nassi) Boulevard, Haifa