There is a good chance that if you saw this
house today (with its decidedly modern look), in
just about any country in the world, you would be
impressed. The fact that it was built in Rehovot
in 1937, makes it that much more extraordinary.
During 1949-1952, the house was the official
residence of Israel’s first president, Dr. Chaim
Weizmann and his wife Vera.
Designed by Erich Mendelsohn, an architect who
was born in East Prussia and who is most often
associated with Modernism, Expressionism and the
International Style – in Germany. Mendelsohn fled
Nazi Germany (where most of his buildings were
destroyed) to England, then to Eretz Israel and
finally to the United States, in 1941. Although he
spent only a few short years in Israel, Mendelsohn
left his mark. Some of his other works include
part of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of
Agriculture (also in Rehovot) as well as Hadassah
Hospital in Jerusalem.
The geometric shaped house includes swimming a
pool, not in the typical back yard location as one
might expect, but rather in the front – a circular
staircase, full-length windows, fireplaces and
much more. The interior design of the house
features many fine art objects and furnishings
such as a 10th century Tang Dynasty vase, French
Impressionist paintings, a Persian silk carpet and
as well as gold embossed china, to name a few. The
interior design is the work of Vera Weizmann. Mrs.
Weizmann told Mendelsohn, “You have built a modern
house. It is very lovable and livable in, but I
cannot live with your interior decoration!”
It is quite apparent that much thought was
given to the design of the house, its gardens
(where the Weizmanns are buried) as well as its
internal design. A visit to the Weizmann house
will not disappoint.
SPECIAL NOTE: Be advised that you MUST make
prior reservations to view the house.
The Weizmann House is located at the end of
Ha’nasi Ha’rishon Street, Rehovot.
Visiting Hours: Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9:00
AM-4:00 PM (only with reservations)
Entry fees: Adults, 25 NIS/pp, Children,
Soldiers and Seniors 15 NIS/pp.
You can also purchase a combined ticket at the
Weizmann Institute’s Levinson Visitor’s Center
that includes the self-guided tour of the Weizmann
Institute of Science (which also includes the
Clore Garden of Science as well). The combined
ticket is 40 NIS/pp and well worth it.
Barbara and Morris Levinson Visitors Center
08-934-4500 TEL (punch 2 for English, 1 for
about Chaim Weizmann and the Weizmann Institute of