The Anna Szenes House in Kibbutz Sdot Yam is dedicated to commemorating the image and story of poet and paratrooper Anna Szenes, a member of Kibbutz Sdot Yam.
In 1944, at the age of 22, Anna joined a delegation of Yishuv paratroopers and embarked on a daring mission in Hungary to save Jews, a mission from which she never returned. After her death, her diaries, poems, and letters were discovered, written with exceptional literary talent and bringing us her unique personality, her inner world, and serving as a fascinating document of the significant period in which she operated.
The visit to the Anna Szenes House invites visitors into Anna’s inner world, through the various stations of her life. The carefully crafted exhibition includes poems, sections of her diary, photographs, original items, and interactive displays. Quotes from Anna’s diary in her own handwriting, are displayed on the walls of the exhibition, as well as songs, authentic objects, pictures, and interactive displays. The exhibition also gives a place of honor to the Paratroopers Delegation, which included the seven paratroopers who did not return – Anna Szenes, Haviva Reich, Abba Berdiczew, Zvi Ben-Yaakov, Enzo Sireni, Rafi Ries, and Peretz Goldstien.
The museum is open for private visits, and also offers guided tours for groups. Guided tours for groups may include an explanation of the exhibition or may also include the Yaffe Nof observation point and a stroll on the beach.
We also recommend combining a visit to the Caesarea Antiquity Museum near the Anna Szenes House, in which unique archaeological finds from Caesarea and its surroundings are displayed.
The Anna Szenes House: Adult 30 NIS, child / senior citizen / soldier 20 NIS.
The Caesarea Antiquity Museum: Adult 30 NIS, child / senior citizen / soldier 20 NIS.
Combined visit at the Anna Szenes House and the Caesarea Antiquity Museum
Fees: Adult 40 NIS, child / senior citizen / soldier 30 NIS.
Screening of the movie is every half hour.
Guided tours for groups take place throughout the entire visit,
Additional products for groups for an added fee and prior to a prearranged appointment
The Anna Szenes House and Caesarea Antiquity Museum
The Anna Szenes House
Sunday – Thursday, from 10:00 to 16:00
Fridays from 9:00 to 13:00
The museum is closed on Saturday and holidays
Caesarea Antiquity Museum
Enter the main gate of Kibbutz Sdot Yam, pass the factory, turn right, and park in the parking lot of the outdoor venue “Al –Hayam”. From there, walk southward along the road parallel to the sea (about three hundred meters) until reaching the Anna Szenes House.
It is also possible to enter the kibbutz through the south gate of the Merkaz Hayami Caesarea. Please call us to open the gate (04-6364548), then continue a little further, turn left and after passing the football stadium on your left, turn right and park in the driveway adjacent to Anna Szenes House and the Caesarea Antiquity Museum.
Anna Szenes house
The Anna Szenes House complex in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, apart from being a museum, is also a cultural center and a fitting place for holding conferences, seminars, and a variety of social or family events. The place includes a large auditorium in which it is possible to hold lectures, and screen films and presentations with a sound amplification system, a huge screen, and approximately 100 seats. We also have a sprawling lawn with abundant plants that can accommodate up to 300 people, and a large stage for ceremonies and music and dance performances (which also includes a sound amplification system, lighting, and a large screen). The Caesarea Antiquity Museum complex contains an impressive garden, a lovely lawn, and ancient marble items, such as columns, sculptures, and Corinthian capitals.
At the Anna Szenes House, we place a central emphasis on passing down Anna’s story to future generations.
Anna was an inspirational figure, from whom many values can be drawn, such as perseverance, her ability to give, her volunteering spirit, her assertiveness, leadership, and more. In addition, Anna’s story and letters teach us not only about her private world, but also about the period in which she was active, a formative period in the history of the State of Israel, the Jewish people, and the world.
Anna Szenes House offers activities and tours designed for schools and various frameworks of the educational system.
Tours for groups at Anna Szenes House include a variety of options, from the standard tour of the Anna Szenes House, to an extended tour that includes a scenic view from the observation point, a walk on the beach, a visit to the Anna Szenes House, and a visit to the Caesarea Antiquity Museum. The tours are tailored to various types of groups: Senior citizens, schools, families, organizations, companies, and tourists from abroad.
It is also possible to personally adapt the tour to the visit you’re interested in and choose from the options offered: