The Ben-Gurion Desert Home – Visitors' Map
Ben-Gurion's Desert Home
The Desert Home of Israel's first Prime Minister,
David Ben-Gurion, and his wife Paula, in Kibbutz Sde Boker
Come and Join us at Paula and David Ben-Gurion’s Desert home in Sde Boker, a national heritage site. Visiting their Desert Home illustrates who Ben-Gurion was, not only as a leader and public figure, but also as person in the privacy of his own home, wearing his Pajamas, and reading the newspaper.
Paula and David moved to their Desert home in 1953, following their acceptance as Sde Boker Kibbutz members, which manifested Ben-Gurion’s pioneering vision of settling the Negev.
Their home has remained as it was left in 1973, according to Ben-Gurion’s instructions in his will, that his home will be open for the public to come visit. Since 1974, visitors can enjoy a tour of his home – as they would if they we’re his own personal guests.
The heart of the house is Ben-Gurion’s study with a library of 5,000 books (most of his books remained in his house in Tel Aviv, where till today there are over 22,000 books) covering his fields of interest: Judaism and the Bible, philosophy, history, geography, the IDF security and more. The library reflects his wide range of interests, and the many languages he spoke. In this room, Ben-Gurion wrote his memoir, which he dedicated mostly for Israel’s youth and next generation.
Before entering the museum, we offer an animated short film (free of charge), which presents the life of David Ben-Gurion and his vision regarding the Negev Desert.
Adjacent to Ben-Gurion’s Home are three separate exhibition rooms which further demonstrate Ben-Gurion’s character and world view:
The Gypsum house – the first house built on the kibbutz. This exhibition presents Ben-Gurion’s vision of the Negev and his connection to Kibbutz Sde Boker.
“The Test of time” – an interactive activity for the whole family, which examins Ben-Gurion’s actions and views through “the test of time”, using computerized activity tables.
Leadership exhibition: “Who is a leader”? – a short film on different aspects of Ben-Gurion’s leadership.
These three supporting exhibitions were added on, as to provide a more interactive and informing visit. Together with the original home they comprise the Museum, which is part of The Ben Gurion Heritage institute, established by the “Ben- Gurion Law” in 1976.
The Ben Gurion Heritage institute, is a Zionist, educational and historical institute, located in the Negev. The institute is dedicated to an ongoing exploration of Ben-Gurion’s legacy and its relevance today.
The museum is open and accessible for all ages and there is no need to book in advance. Group tours are available and can be booked in advance and customized accordingly.
Read what our visitors think
Johan Hurring 7.5.19
"Thanks a lot. We had a great time."
Tom, Sam, Alan. Taglit 2018
"We really enjoyed this visit!"
Lora from Holland. 7.5.18
"We were impressed what Ben-Gurion did for his country and the Jewish people."
Stefano from NYC.
"A beautiful heart mind of a beautiful country."
Annique , The Nether Lands 25.02.17
"I really liked it here!"
Hanna, 17, US 11.11.19
"Hello, amazing place! Thank you for the lovely host!"
A. Pesian 25.5.17
"It was amazing!!! Thank you."
"Being here in Ben-Gurion's house is so inspiring! It makes me realize that selflessness is keen & that anything is possible humble hard work!"