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Ticho House
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Situated in the Jerusalem city center, the serene Ticho House is a perfect place to experience the atmosphere of old Jerusalem while taking in the art of Israel's beloved painter, Anna Ticho (1894 -1980). Partake in the delicious dairy menu of the pastoral garden restaurant and on the way out, be sure to pick up a copy of the beautifully illustrated Ticho House, a Jerusalem Landmark.

The Ticho House includes:

  • Temporary exhibitions
  • An exhibition of works by Anna Ticho
  • Hanukkah lamps collected by Dr. Avraham Ticho

Hours: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm
Tues 10 am – 10 pm 
Fri 10 am – 2 pm 
Closed Saturdays and holidays

Entrance is free of charge.

The Ticho House will be temporarily closed for a Renovation Project starting August 31.

After completing 30 years as the Israel Museum’s city center branch hosting exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and running its popular coffee shop, The Ticho House has reached the point of updating its special stone house. Its gates will re-open in the spring of 2015 with a new array of permanent displays which tell the story of the house and its inhabitants, the optometrist Dr. Avraham Ticho and his wife, the artist Anna Ticho, temporary exhibitions, a restaurant, and the house will be made accessible to all.  


Scenes of Sana’a:  3.5
Yihye Haybi’s Photographs from Yemen, 1930–44. At a time when there were no local photographers in Yemen, Yihye Haybi photographed the Jewish community to which he belonged, Europeans he encountered at the Italian clinic where he worked, members of the Muslim population, and even the royal family. His photographs offer unique historical and ethnographic glimpses of Sana’a at this time, including the illicit documentation of current events.


Yihye Haybi, a Yemenite Jewish photographer
 Life  in  Sana'a in the early 20th century 


An Evening of Wine, Cheese, and Jazz

In the “Little Jerusalem” Restaurant
Buffet offering a rich selection of cheeses, salads, breads, soup, pastas, and wine
Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm
10% discount for Museum and IFIM members

For reservations, call 624-4186

Check the programs and events calendar for details of concerts, lectures, performance, art and other special events at the Ticho House.


Little Jerusalem Restaurant

The “Little Jerusalem” restaurant on the Ticho House premises serves dairy meals.

Sun - Thurs 10 am-11 pm; Fri 10:30 am-2 pm, Sat after Shabbat until midnight


Address and Phone: 9 Harav Kook Street (near Zion Square), Jerusalem

+972-2-624-4186 - restaurant

Art Library Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 11 am – 6 pm; Tues 2–6 pm; Fri 10 am – 12 noon

History of the Ticho House 

Ticho House was one of the first houses in Jerusalem built outside the Old City Walls. It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century by an Arab dignitary. Among its first occupants was the family of the notorious antiquities forger, Shapira. (The house is described in the memoirs of his daughter Myriam Harry, La Petite Fille de Jerusalem).


Dr. Albert Albert Ticho and his cousin Anna were born at the end of the last century in Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Dr. Ticho completed his medical studies in Vienna, where he specialized in ophthalmology at the Rudolph Hospital. Anna began studying art at the age of fifteen, also in Vienna. In 1912, Dr. Ticho was sent by the Frankfurt-based organization, Lema'an Tzion, to open an eye clinic in Jerusalem. Anna followed him and the two were married during the same year.

The impact of the Jerusalem landscape, with its barren hills and strong light, was such that for a number of years Anna Ticho could not paint. She began drawing again while in Damascus, where her husband was stationed during World War I.

The Tichos bought the house in 1924. They converted the lower storey into an eye clinic which served the population of Jerusalem - rich and poor alike - until Dr. Ticho's death in 1960.

Anna served as his assistant and at the same time began going out into the landscape and drawing the hills, views and figures of Jerusalem. Although she used different media over the years, these remained the chief subjects of her work.

Throughout their long lives, the Tichos were active in Jerusalem's social and cultural life. After her husband's death, Anna continued to live and work in the same house until her own death in 1980. Her work was widely acclaimed and her drawings are to be found in many museums in Israel and abroad. She was also the recipient of many honorary titles and awards, the last being the Israel Prize which she received in 1980.

As a token of her love for Jerusalem, Anna Ticho bequeathed the house, all of its collections, and its library to the people of the city, to serve as a public center for art under the auspices of the Israel Museum.

Timna Seligman
Curator of Ticho House 
Tel. +972-2-670-8913