Text by Aya Lurie
Herzliya Museum was founded in 1962 by a group of art-loving residents, headed by Eugene da Villa. They donated paintings from their private collections to establish this cultural institution in the young town. In 1965, at the invitation of the city council and the developer Moshe de Shalit, the architect Yacov Rechter proposed a program integrating a Yad Labanim memorial hall for fallen soldiers and the Municipal Museum. Designed by Rechter, the new building, which was inaugurated in 1975, was of a suitable scale for its urban surroundings. Despite its topographical location, at the top of a hill, and despite its proximity to major public buildings in the town, such as the city hall and the law courts, its design appeared to avoid the monumental, temple-like model that has been a dominant theme in museum architecture.