Ben Gurion’s House

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The Ben Gurion House is located at 17 Ben Gurion Boulevard (originally Keren Kayement Street) in Tel Aviv. It served as the private residence of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, and his family between 1931 and 1973. In addition to the house in Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion with his wife Paula also lived in the Ben-Gurion shack in Kibbutz Sde Boker.

The house was built between 1930-1931, expanded in 1946 and renovated in 1960.

On the second floor of the house are 4 large libraries, containing about 20,000 books in several languages and on different and varied subjects, such as history, the Land of Israel, cultures, religions, and more, testifying to Ben-Gurion's many interests and extensive education.

On May 13, 1948, a special meeting of the Provisional Government of Israel, the temporary cabinet which governed the Jewish community in Palestine during the British Mandate, convened in the house, where the final copy of the Declaration of Independence was drawn up. The next day, May 14, 1948, Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel at the Tel Aviv Museum, the former house of Tel Aviv's legendary first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. 

During the Kadesh War in 1956, the room of Renana, Ben-Gurion's daughter, who lived on the first floor, was used as his shelter and bedroom, where he also received regular updates from Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan.

Ben-Gurion bequeathed his house to the State of Israel in his will, and today it is used as a museum.

(Anecdote authored by: עמיר)

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