For all its charms and delights as a hedonistic, on-the-go, 24/7 destination for the young and young of heart, Tel Aviv is also Israel's center for the cultural arts. A city abounding in museums to whet every appetite, with displays ranging from artifacts found in the area from the 12th century B.C., to an Olympic Experience Museum and a museum with the world's most extensive collection of 20tth-century Israeli art; from a facility dedicated to the diamond trade, to another spotlighting Israel's Declaration of Independence and the events leading up to it, to museums honoring the life and works of local personages in a wide range of activity and creativity.
The visual and performing arts also play a significant role in the dynamic development of the city's cultural matrix. Art galleries, outdoor graffiti, performance spaces, concerts in large-capacity halls and "alternative" underground rooms, theaters ranging from the institutional to the avant-garde, dance venues, opera performances…. And with Tel Aviv the city that never sleeps, taking in a cultural performance or show – by local talent, or one of the many well-known artists from abroad that perform or exhibit in the city – will still leave you all the time in the world to experience and enjoy Tel Aviv nightlife to the hilt.