The fantatic new Israel Museum is divided into 3 main collections, Archeaology, Art and World ethnology collections. The Archeaology collection contains artifacts from all the different ages of the holy Land.
Founded in 1965, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (IMJ) is one of the great museums of the world and an absolute must see on any visit to Jerusalem. The main problem, however, is that it is so big that even one day could not do it justice (especially if you are like me and start to glaze over after 2-3 hours in such environs).
Its a purpose built group of buildings on a specifically landscaped site. As you enter you are confronted with a waterway and fountains, edged by ancient artefacts. The path leads to the sculpture garden (Henry Moore, Picasso, Rodin, among ohers) - which is a glorious place to see the sunset.
Here is also sited is the extraordinary Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Arts wings features major international exhibitions, as well as its permanent collection and the Design department. The Archaelogical Wing houses prehistoric artefacts through to Roman and Byzantine: there's also a Judaica & Jewish Ethnography Wing. That's not all - lots of other exhibitions from glass to anthropological.
A fabulous new edition to the Museum is the outdoor scale model of the old city of Jerusalem during the time of the Second Temple - not to be missed!
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 4pm - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm
Entrance fees: (price is for the whole day and you can come and go as you please)
NIS 42 (adults) NIS 21 (children 5-17) NIS 30 (students)
NIS 21 for adults on a return ticket within 1 month
Free entrance for all children, 4pm - 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday
If you plan to visit one museum in Israel, this should be the one. The Israel Museum houses a magnificent collection of about 500,000 objects, which cover archaeology, Judaica (Jewish art and life) and art. It was first opened in 1965, and was expanded and upgraded in 2010.
The archaeology section has some of the most important findings discovered in Israel, spanning thousands of years of history, from pre-historic times to the Ottoman empire, including: Canaanite, Kingdoms of Judea and Israel, Greek, Roman, Muslim items... The most famous and special archaeological display is the Dead Sea Scrolls, located in the Shrine of the Book (see separate tip).
The Judaica section houses many artifacts related to the Jewish religion and life from various Jewish communities all over the world. One of the highlights are "Synagogue Route", with the interiors of synagogues transferred whole from Italy, India and Surinam, demonstrating different architectural styles and designs but a common spirit; The exhibition "Illiminating the Script" contains pricelss illiminating Jewish manuscripts; Other exhibtions in this wing relate to "The Rhythm of Life", "The Cycle of the Jewish Year", and "Costume and Jewellery".
The art wing holds several collections of Israeli art, modern and cotemporary art, old masters, art of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, photography, design, prints and drawings.
The Israel Museum also has a youth wing for art education and a library.
The museum grounds are beautiful. The Billy Rose Art Garden is a mixture of Zen garden pronciples and Western sculptures, set in a Mediterranean lanscape.
The museum grounds contain another special exhibit: a model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple era (see separate tip).
The views from the museum is also impressive: the Knesset (Israeli parliament), the Valley of the Cross with the Monastery of the Cross, and the surrounding hills of Jerusalem.
The Shrine of the Book is a unique place: this is where the ancient Dead Sea scrolls are kept, and a few of them are on display.
The Dead Sea Scrolls date back 2000 years, and are pricelss documents shedding light on life in Israel in the the Second Temple era and on the beginnings of Christianity. They were written between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century AD, and were kept in closed jars deep inside the remote caves of Qumran, near the Dead Sea.
The story of the Dead Sea scrolls reads like a thriller: stored for safety in clay jars by the mysterious Dead Sea Sect 2000 years ago; surviving until today in the dry climate of the Dead Sea; discovered seredipitously by Bedouin goatherds; sold to an antique dealer in the Arab market of the Old City of Jerusalem; smuggled to the US by a Syrian Orthodox clergyman; sought and found by Israeli archaeologists, purchasing them and bringing them back to the Holy Land; erecting the Shrine of the Book to be their permanent home.
The scrolls comprise Biblical texts (earliest known in the world!), apocryphal texts (ancient texts not included in the comilation of the Bible) and sectarian texts describing the strict regulations and rituals of the Dead Sea Sect (maybe the Essenes, forerunners of Christianity).
The Shrine of the Book building is architecturally unique and impressive. Most of it (two thirds) is underground, but the white dome (see photos) was made to resemble the lids of the clay jars in which the scrolls were found, and it can be seen from afar.
The weather was atocious when I visited the Israel museum, which meant I couldn't see some of the outside exhibits, like the Shrine of the Book. The weather was unable to put a dampener on my enjoyment on what has to be one of the best museums in the world. It is an absolutely fantastic collection of all kinds of art and archeology, from all over the world, and from all eras. There's a definite Jewish bent to everything, which I would expect, even demand, of an Israel Museum, but there is much more besides.
The contemporary art section was a real joy. So much to see, and so much variety. Particular favourites included an animatronic dead sparrow, which was so believeable, lying on the window sill in an empty room, that many people missed it thinking that it wasn't an exhibit. The exhibit showing the Jungle Book, with each of the characters carefully edited so that they each spoke with a different language that the movie had been translated into was also absorbing. It was curious, and slightly disturbing, to listen to words I could not understand, and yet still understand because I knew the movie so well.
The archeological wing had equally breathtaking exhibits. There were artifacts from all over the world: pre-colonial Colombia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific islands, etc. Almost all of them seemed to have been donated by some generous benefactor. Some of the exhibits were quite horrific, lunging ferociously out of the dark shadows to enter your mind with their sharp wooden teeth and piercing painted eyes.
The price is about 8 euros, or 42 NIS. Expect long queues, because of both the popularity and the security.
The Israel Museum of art and archaeology, was opened in 1965.
On display are the most important archaeological finds made in Israel, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are housed in the Shrine of the Book.
There are also exhibitions of ethnography, Jewish art objects, the cultures of neighboring lands, and local and international art.
This museum considered to be one of Global top 10 museums.
This virtual guide to the largest museum in Israel introduces you to it’s grand array of resources and vast collections:
Hebrew Shekel of the second year of the Jewish war against Rome, bearing an Omer cup and a branch with three stylized pomegranates.
"Shekel of Israel";
"Jerusalem the Holy".
Struck in Jerusalem in 67 CE.
If you have been to the City Library in Prague, you know what is about:
Tower of Books.
This 17- foot-long cylinder, made of some 8,000 books, is the work of Czech artist, Matej Kren. For each exhibit, named Idiom, the artist works in the language of the country, using Hebrew books for the Jerusalem structure. By closing the top and bottom with two mirrors, the artist creates an illusion of endless inner space.
The display will continue until March, 2006.
Though constructed in the Youth Wing of the Israel Museum, the tower fascinates both young and old.
The most important part of the exhibition here is the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls
Also you can find another exhibitions as Jewish costumes, Hanukkah and Sabbath lamps, archaeological founds ...
Check timetables before you decide to go as we went on a Wednesday, and we found that that day they close earlier, the rest of the days it closes at 21.00
Visit the Israel Museum.
This is the most important museum of Israel and the exhibitions are very varied. There are archeologic collections but also very modern art can be seen.
On the picture you can see one of the modern work of arts. This is a statue with sewing-machines casted in concrete.
The Israel Museum should be part of a visit to Jerusalem; highlight is the "Shrine of the Book" which shows some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and tells the interesting stories about them.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. With such long Jerusalem history (3000 years) and short Israeli modern history (55 years) this museum has a lot of original items to show.