Monday, August 16, 2010

Latrun Tank Museum - Yad LaShiryon

This past summer my nephew completed his training in the IDF tank division. The ceremony, took place of course, at the Latrun Tank Museum or Yad LaShiryon.

kids playing on old tank at Latrun Tank Museum
After the ceremony, our kids ran off to climb and play with the endless array of tanks dating back to earlier wars (possibly War of Independence) as well as today's high-tech models.

Although I hope all tanks will be turned into tractors speedily in our days, my kids definitely had a blast (no pun intended) playing with these (non-functional) machines of war. On a more serious note, the museum also provides an appropriate backdrop to discuss why we still need an army and as a remembrance of the brave soldiers who died protecting our country.

Just a 20 minute drive from Ramat Beit Shemesh, the tank museum is educational and fun for the whole family. My only suggestion is to go when the weather is a bit cooler as the whole place is outdoors....unless of course you plan on cooling off at the gorgeous Yishi pool.
For more information about hours and entrance fees, call 08-978-4352.