Aerial view 1971


Arad Water reservoir


Art in Construction


Arad Aerial view 1971


Mischari Center

The museum's purpose is to preserve and retell the captivating story of the
Founding of Arad - the first modern, preplanned development town in the Negev.

The vision


"…we sought to establish a new and modern town in the desert whose very establishment and location would change the face of the entire region … the more we turned eastward, the more we revealed marvelously beautiful landscapes: Ramat Arad rising until it reached the national watershed at an elevation of 600 m' and more above sea level. We were intoxicated by the view, the dry and clear air and the primordial atmosphere. In our mind's eye, we perceived the city, like a mirage, with its homes towers and green and shady streets …"
Loba Eliav - Arad Region Founder

"The decision to populate part of the Negev was not made to solve economic problems but rather to disperse the population and thereby control previously uninhabited areas that hostile elements might otherwise infiltrate, endangering national security."
Itzhak Pundak - First Arad Region Director

Milestones in the founding of Arad

  1. 1921    An abortive attempt settling the Tel Arad region by a group of Jewish brigade veterans.
  2. 1960    The Israel government decides to establish a new town east of the Arad valley, to be called
  3.               Arad.
  4. 1961    The first residents arrive.

November 21, 1962: founding ceremonies - a date commemorated as the anniversary
             Of Arad's founding
1971    new immigrants begin arriving
1982    first Arad Hebrew music festival
1995    Arad officially declared a city
 Arad is a successful example of how to establish a new city. Its location, economic base and population makeup were determined to preliminary surveys and planning, with the intention of setting up an urban locality compatible with its desert environment whose startup features would constitute the foundation for future success.
At first, Arad was populated by an Israeli core group, providing the basis for subsequent immigrant absorption. Belief in settling the Negev and its open spaces, the need to link Beersheba, capital of the Negev , with the dead sea and its rich natural resources - phosphate deposits and natural gas, combined with youthful dreams and deep-rooted Zionists and pioneering faith, attracted the first residents of the new and developing town. Today, Arad has a population of about 27,000 people in some 7,500 households, about 40% of them new immigrants.

The historical museum in Arad

The historical museum was established by a group of veteran residents of Arad, with the assistance of the Jewish agency through Arad-Tamar/NJ-DEL Partnership.
The museum's purpose is to preserve and retell the captivating story of the founding of Arad - the first modern, preplanned development town in the Negev - in the 1960s',transmitting the story to the coming generations in an experiential and artistic manner. The exhibits are describing the special character of Arad, the ethos, culture and social fabric that developed over time.
Besides bearing the Zionist and cultural heritage to children and youth in Arad, the museum will attract numerous domestic and overseas tourists who visit Arad or pass through en route to Masada or the Dead Sea, enriching their Negev experience. 

Curator of the exhibit:  Mrs. Ada Naamani
Designer of the exhibit: Mr. Ron Ben-Yakov



Early day's of Arad City

Phone & Fax

  • 972-8-9955126

E-mail addresses

Ran Sadikario, Executive Director -

Ofer Rubinstein, Chairman -

Inbal Gros, Office Manager -

Mail Address

  • Arad Historical Museum
    P.O.Box 100
    Arad, 89100


Office Address

Arad Historical Museum
Aviv 2 St.
Arad, 89059