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Atlas Obscura Ilana Goor Museum

Ilana Goor is an Israeli self-taught artist and lifelong collector, who long dreamed of establishing her own museum to showcase her art collection. In the 1980s, she and her husband bought a 300-year-old building in Jaffa and began the process of restoring it to its original glory. It is now a modern-day curio cabinet full of artistic wonders, a secret world hidden on a Jaffa side street.

The historic building was first constructed in 1742 as an inn for Jewish pilgrims to the holy land. Over the centuries, it served as a soap factory, a synagogue, and an apartment building. At the time Goor purchased it, it had been largely neglected. The couple transformed it piece by piece into the gallery that stands today. Goor designed everything herself, down to the door handles.

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