The Bee Museum
Fly on It!
Thousands of colorful metal bees, ecological works of art, spectacular videos and stills, ancient tree trunks and transparent living bustling beehives create an impressive and unusual artistic experience. At the Bee Museum, you will learn about the secrets of the bees’ work in an inspiring way. A place without stings, but with lots of great taste.
This is how a desert becomes a home
One of the highlights of the visit at the Visitors Center is the fascinating visit through the paths of the sculpture garden of the artist Chacha Porat. The sculpture garden is an open gallery with countless sculptures, which presents the entire range of Chacha’s extensive work. Chacha has sculptured in clay and bronze, marble, wood, iron, and stone. Each sculpture tells a personal story, a milestone in her rich life or a poignant statement.
Chacha engaged in a variety of topics which are expressed in her works, such as co-existence, personal experiences, human relations, family and femininity, and of course, the great desert in which we live, that has become a home and an eternal source of inspiration and joy.
A Nature Documentary
Bees That Can Be Seen from Here
Watch a nature documentary at the cinema room on large, good-quality screen, which tells the fascinating story of bees and the process of making honey. From the hatching of a new honeybee in the apiary, through the gathering of nectar and the pollen to removing the honey in the hive until the sweet moment of the honey flowing down.
The Moshabbutz Compound
This is What Pioneers Look Like
The Moshabbutz compound brings to life the former dining room and kitchen of the Moshabbutz. You can sit around the wooden table and feel the spirits of establishing the state and reclamation of the wilderness rise from every corner. The Moshabbutz serves also as an archive with pictures, quotations and memorial installation for the beginning of the settlement in the Arava and all who took part in it.
Our Home Tour
The Sculpture Garden, the Bee Museum and Porat Apiary
Suitable for families & Groups | 1 hour
We will start our tour at Chacha and Hagi Porat’s home, two of the moshav founders and a well-known artist, with her countless wonderful sculptures that represent many topics with grace, humor and plenty of originality. From there we will continue to the apiary to watch a fascinating documentary about the wonderful world of bees; we’ll go up to the spectacular Bee Museum where you will learn via transparent hives about the activity in the hive and honey gathering. Do you feel like something sweet? We will end the tour with honey tasting of the various species of the apiary.
Suitable for families. Groups (15 persons or more) by appointment only.
Duration of the tour – approx. 1 hour.
First tour: 11:00
Second tour: 13:00
Agricultural Tour – From Wilderness to Greenhouse
Suitable for families & Groups | 2 hours
In a fascinating tour of greenhouses and agricultural areas, you will find out where the vegetables on your table come from and learn about the crops, the work process and the challenges of agriculture and water in the Arava. You will also learn about pollination of crops with bees. We will end the tour with a magical observation point from the summit of Jebel Hofira lookout point overlooking Ein Yahav and the border with our Jordanian neighbors.
Suitable for groups and families by appointment only.
Duration of the tour – approx. 2 hours.