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The House of the First Settlers

The Ramat-Hasharon Museum of History is located at 12 Hapalmach Street and is part of a large compound that includes "The Rocks Park" and the Central City Library.

The house was donated to the city by one of the first families of settlers and was dedicated to the preservation of the Ramat-Hasharon heritage and history, from its founding to the War of Independence, the absorption of European immigrants and the vast wave of immigration from Middle-Eastern countries, especially Iraq.

On display are the daily tools used by the founders of the town, as well as documents, photographs and plans depicting the way in which the small agricultural village evolved into a small township and subsequently into the city it is today.

The museum includes an historic archive of documents, letters and photographs from 1922 to 1948, at which time the State of Israel won its independence. The archive also includes material from the subsequent decade, with the wave of immigration from the East to Eastern parts of the city whereby immigrants were put up in transitory tent camps, known as "Ma'abarot" (transitional camps).

The exhibition is an active one, i.e., visitors can "sense" the daily life of the first settlers and the "Ma'abarot" residents.

The Geological Museum

gallery20The House of the First Settlers also houses the Ramat-HasharonGeologicalMuseum.

This museum deals with earth sciences and focuses on natural treasures such as gas, oil, diamonds and gold as well as phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes.

The museum is unique in that it is the only geological museum in Israel that is open to the public, free of charge.

 The museum displays a magnificent variety of minerals, gems and fossils from all over the world, most of which evolved in ancient geological eras. The rich minerals, rocks and fossils collection is a most valuable educative and inspiring resource for all visitors, of all ages. One can even touch fossils and rocks from the prehistoric era.

One of the most important activities that the museum offers is introducing young students from the Ramat-Hasharon schools and schools throughout the country, to the ever changing planet and the wonders of the world that surround them, helping them discover the natural forces that shape our planet, the treasures we procure from it, the effect we have on it and its place in the universe.