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055 From a Lepers' House to a Creators' House

The Hansen Center for Design, Media and Technology, 14 Gedaliah Alon St., Talbieh

Architect: Conrad Schick, 1887

An open house and tours at Hansen House, which served as a refuge for people with Hansen’s disease (commonly known as leprosy) and an outpatient clinic for treatment of the disease. The compound remained off limits to visitors from the outside and was shrouded in mystery until the year 2000, when the last patient left the premises.

It was reopened in 2013 following renovation and restoration works and is now a design, multimedia and technology center. It is also home to creators, including advanced degree students at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the magazine Erev Rav and the Mamuta Art & Research Center, as well as the Ofaimme cafe and shop.

Open House weekend participants will be able to visit the compound, the temporary exhibitions and the exhibition that traces the history of Hansen House from the time it was built at the end of the 19th century and provided shelter to Hansen disease patients and up to the present day. 

The walls feature a timeline that outlines the numerous changes which have occurred at the compound over the course of 100 years in the fields of medicine, society and culture.  

The exhibition includes original pieces of furniture, personal items that belonged to patients and medical equipment that was left behind after the hospital closed down.

Guided tours will be held on Thursday, November 18th at 11:00 and 12:30.

Historical landmark/tour dealing with preservationHistorical landmark/tour dealing with preservation
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Reservations not required

Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.

Reservations not required
Thursday, 18.11, 10:00 - 18:00
Friday, 19.11, 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday, 20.11, 10:00 - 18:00

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