At the heart of the Joara Gadna base in the Menashe Mountains lies an Ottoman stone building, which houses the Joara Haganah museum. The museum brings the story of Joara as the Haganah training base for a decade, from 1938 to 1948, and directs the spot light at the officer’s course held at the site. During the visit the visitors are exposed to the story of the struggle for settlement and security during the Mandate.
What’s at the site: a display on the settlement of the area and the history of the place over the years, to our very days. A presentation of an officer’s course parade and a speech by the course commander; a film about the Haganah and Joara at the time of the British Mandate; display of the names of the Haganah officer’s course graduates and a description of the battles of Mishmar Ha’emek; a day in Joara – a demonstration of a typical day of an officer’s course and description of the battles in Mishmar Ha’emek.
For the general public: guided tours every round hour, in which the visitors get acquainted with the voluntary spirit and the major importance of training and army for the state to come. The visitors also get to meet the people who have shaped the image of the State of Israel over the years: Yitzhak Sadeh, Yigal Allon, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin and Rehavam Ze'evi, who were trained as officers at Joara.
For children: during the Passover and Sukkot week there are activities for children and families through activity and creation sheets. Pre-booked guidance and activations for children and youth from schools, youth movements and summer camps take place throughout the year.
The museum belongs to Museums Unit of the Ministry of Defence.