“See it All...Small” is the motto of Mini Israel. Located in Latrun on the way from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this miniatures park is called the “Showcase of Israel”.
Here are exhibited hundreds of exact models of the most important landmarks and important buildings of the country. They were chosen for their archaeological, historic and religious importance.
People marvel from the miniature of the Bahai Gardens
The exhibits are constantly renewed adding new buildings and corners of this land. I witness many changes since I first took my grandchildren the first time and in subsequent years.
Mini Israel is a perfect educational entertainment showing Israel’s long and complex history as well as its multi faceted present.
The exhibit extends over an area of about 35,000 square meters or 7.5 Acres, and offers its guests:
A Visitors’ Center with a food court, a souvenir shop, a miniature bonsai trees nursery and a meeting hall where a movie on the creation of the site is screened.
Children playing around the miniature of Mt Hermon
It opened in 2002 and since then it has become an important tourist attraction for visitors from abroad and local Israelis of all ages.
Those who know and visit the country can see their beloved sites reproduced and shown all of them in one place. They are all hand built and carefully reproduce all of the important places in Israel.
The park was created in the form of a Star of David, so the areas of the country occupy the six triangles around the center.
It was created by a team of artists that bestowed the finishing touches of each model and sculpted the thousands of tiny figures that populate the scenes.
Thousands of dwarf plants of species that really grow at the various sites were especially cultivated and planted here.
There are also sound effects all over, like, the crowds cheering at Jerusalem’s Teddy Soccer Stadium, a recording of famous maestro Isaac Stern as he conducts a violin master class and the commander of the honor guard of the Knesset giving orders.
Educational for Children of All Ages
Some of the most important miniatures by regions are
Central Israel and the coastal plain
Haifa and the Carmel
Golan Height and Hula Valley
Around Sea of Galilee
Children looking at the Sacred Western Wall
Jerusalem Old City
Tel Aviv Yafo
Dead Sea and Negev Desert
View of the Modern City of Tel Aviv in miniature
The designers, architects and model builder team consisted of over 100 people from all parts of Israeli society and religions, including many new immigrants from the former USSR.
The park was the brainchild of Israeli entrepreneur Eran Gazit who conceived the idea after visiting the famous miniature town of Madurodam in the Netherlands in 1986. In 1994 he took upon himself together with outside investors, the task of building Mini Israel and it finally opened in 2002.
The models are made of polyurethane or similar polymeric materials, and small stones. They were painted with waterproof paint for resistance to weather conditions. Many of the models include kinetic moving parts such as trains, planes, a soccer game, heavy equipment and boats.
A visit with the whole family to Mini Israel is a must, it is imperative. Please don’t leave Israel without a visit to this terrific park.
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