There are some fantastic museums on offer in southern Israel. The famous Ben Gurion House in Kibbutz Sde Boker is a favorite for tourists, providing an insight into how the first prime minister of Israel lived. There is a fabulous museum that explores the heritage of Cochin Indian Jewry, the air force museum, a must for any aviation fans and the fantastic Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving Museum which provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the Bedouin culture and people. The museums in southern Israel are interesting, varied and well worth the visit.
The Omer Open Museum is one of three Open Museums in Israel, all located in Industrial Parks. All three of the Museums are also located on the periphery, in the Negev or Galilee. The reason for this is that the founder of the industrial parks and open museums, Stef Wertheimer, believed strongly that an equilibrium between the center of the country and the periphery must be maintained. The Open Museum in Omer consists of two halls for changing exhibitions of Israeli fine art, as well as a developing sculpture garden on the park's grounds. The sculpture garden contains works from the Museum collection, such as those of Ilan Averbuch, Shelomo Selinger, Ofra Zimbalista and Assaf Lipschitz.
The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor's Center is located on the edge of the Ramon Crater. In the Center, visitors can learn about the geography and geology of the area via large models. There is also an audio-visual presentation describing the formation of the Negev and its craters as well as bringing the history of the settlement of the Negev to life and detailing its flora and fauna. There is a window on the center's rooftop observation deck that provides a breathtaking view of the crater. The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor's Center is closed until August 2012 due to renovations.
Paula and David Ben Gurion's desert home in Kibbutz Sde Boker remains exactly as it was when he passed away in 1973, just as David had instructed in his will. Visitors to the house get to know the first Prime Minister of Israel through his house; the man who was a leader, visionary and truly lived what he preached. David and Paula Ben Gurion moved in to their desert home in 1953 and lived there for twenty years. The structure and furniture of the house exude modesty, simplicity and frugality. Gifts that David Ben Gurion received from individuals and organizations decorate the house, including gifts from colleagues and other famous figures in Israeli history. A library of 5,000 books sits in the center of the house and reflects David Ben Gurion's various fields of interest. It was in this room that Ben Gurion penned many of the books and articles dealing with his official activities. It was here that he wrote his memoirs. The garden landscape of the house has been expanded and is carefully maintained, decorated by maxims from Ben Gurion's philosophy and blown up photographs from the early years of the Kibbutz.