The Ben-Gurion House was built in 1930-31, when the first workers` neighbourhood was established on Keren Kayemet Le`Israel (The Jewish National Fund) land. Like all other houses built in that neighbourhood, it was a one-family house, planned by the late engineer David Tuvia. The price of the house, 350 Palestinian Pounds, was paid by instalments, by Paula and David Ben-Gurion. The building was enlarged in 1946 and again renovated in 1960.
It was Paula and David Ben-Gurion`s permanent home until they settled in Sde-Boker. Later on, they lived alternately here and in their "tsriff" in Sde-Boker, until Ben-Gurion`s death in 1973.
"I BEQUEATH TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL MY HOME IN TEL-AVIV..."
David Ben-Gurion bequeathed in his will his house in Tel-Aviv to the State of Israel. Ben-Gurion requested the house to become a public institution for reading, study and research. After his death, the "Knesset" (Israeli Parliament) unanimously voted, following the decision of the Government of Israel, the "David Ben-Gurion Law - 1976" - according to which the house will become a national site. It was opened to the public on 29.11.1974.
All the items belonging to Paula and David Ben-Gurion are in the house, in the same condition and in the same place they used to be when the house was lived in. Souvenirs and exhibits were added when the house was opened to the public.
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