The museum offers a true look at the historical culture of Japan and was founded by a Holocaust survivor who stashed his collection of Japanese antiques in Holland during the war. The Tikotin museum is a home away from home for everything Japanese, from the razor-sharp samurai swords that governed Japan with razor-sharp accuracy to the meticulously built fans that permeate much of Japan’s tranquil culture.
The museum where it is presently was created by Felix in 1959. It is a distinctive structure that incorporates Japanese design, including the recognizable shji screen inner doors and walls, which are made of translucent paper over a frame of wood. Donors started making contributions, and after years of extensions, upgrades, and formal occasions, the museum today has an outstanding collection of 7,000 items, including swords, fans, pottery, paintings, and much more. More than merely realized was Felix’s vision of a center for the study of Japanese culture and fine arts. His daughter is still the executive director now, carrying on his legacy of preserving Japanese culture.
Since the museum’s reopening in December 1995, there have been about 145 new exhibits, the majority of which were curated by the chief curator, Dr. Ilana Singer Blaine. She has received awards from the Japanese minister of foreign affairs (2014), the minister of science and culture (2007), and the Japanese emperor decoration “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Rosette,” which was given by the country’s prime minister of Japan (2021). The Japan Foundation Special Award, given yearly to organizations that significantly contribute to cultural relations with Japan, was given to the museum in 2000.
Sun – Thurs: 10am-4pm
Sat and Holidays: 10am-3pm
Adult: NIS 30
Child: NIS 20