As a holy city for three religions, Jerusalem offers interesting Museums of all kinds. Don’t miss this historical and cultural expereince in your upcoming visit
Jerusalem’s museums cover nearly every possible area of interest and offer something for everyone. This city offers an extensive array of world class institutions that deal with culture, history, religion, science and more. The museums range from renowned traditional institutions to modern interactive displays. Here are some of Jerusalem’s finest museums.
This establishment is the biggest art and archeology museum in Israel, and is considered to be one of the best museums in the world. Its main wings include Fine Arts, Archeology, Jewish Art and Life, and special exhibits such as the Shrine of the Book which contain the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Second Temple model, the Billy Rose art garden, Ticho House and Rockefeller archeological museum. The museum’s stunning gift shop offers replicas of some of the gorgeous items in the exhibition, so you can take home an extra special souvenir.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s memorial to the millions of Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust. The exhibits include presentations of Jewish life in Europe before the Hitler regime, documentation of Nazi persecution, authentic video footage, survivor testimonies, interviews, and artifacts such as personal items and historical documents. No visit to Jerusalem is complete without the moving experience of a visit to Yad Vashem.
Tower of David Museum
In the Old City near the Jaffa Gate, the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David depicts 4,000 years of Jerusalem’s history. The exhibits are displayed in the citadel’s chambers and there is a courtyard containing archeological ruins. Videos, holograms, models and maps are used to depict Jerusalem throughout its history of various eras and rulers. You can also catch breathtaking views of Jerusalem from atop the fort.
Museum on the Seam
Located on the border between east and west Jerusalem, the Museum on the Seam is a place for artists from Israel and abroad to raise and discuss controversial social and human rights issues through contemporary art.
The goal of the museum is to create discourse, awareness, and tolerance.
Burnt House (Katros House)
This is a house believed to have been set on fire during the Roman invasion of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Archeologists excavated the house situated under a coat of ash six meters below current street level. At the house visitors can see artifacts from the Second Temple era and view a film and light show.
Wohl Archaeological Museum
Situated a few meters below street level, this museum is fascinating as it provides an idea of what remains concealed under the streets of the Old City. The museum exhibits the remains of six houses from Herod’s time (37-4 BC) that were excavated in 1967. It showcases, pottery, frescoes, mosaics and ritual baths.
Museum of Islamic Art
This comprehensive archive of Islamic art and Antique Watches & Clocks is one of the most important in the world. Among the museum’s vast collection of valuable clocks and Islamic art, you will find other treasures such as jewelry, archeological relics, ancient weapons, and rugs. The museum is located near the Jerusalem Theater, in a beautiful neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Bloomfield Science Museum
At this interactive museum you get to touch, play with, and learn from the terrific displays. There are exhibitions about technology, electricity, machinery, water, and Israel’s best contributions to science. The museum consists of several wings, an IMAX theater, a science garden, workshop areas, and a state of the art multi-media auditorium.
Bible Lands Museum
In this museum next to the Israel Museum you can learn about the cultures and civilizations of the Ancient Near East that are mentioned in the Bible. These civilizations include the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Philistines, Sumerians, Babylonians, Romans, and ancient Greek, all the way till the early Christian era.
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