Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the country's flagship museum and largest cultural institution. Home to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of art and Holy Land antiquities in the world, the museum's collections include nearly 500,000 objects, dating from prehistory to today.
The 20-acre Israel Museum campus sprawls across the lip of central Jerusalem's Valley of the Cross, within sight of both the Knesset and the muted of Rechavia. In July 2010, a three-year campus renewal project was completed, and the renewed Israel Museum was unveiled to the public, with 78,000 square meters of new public facilities, 19,000 square meters of renewed gallery space and transformed entrances, plazas and collection wings.
The museum campus is complemented by the iconic Shrine of the Book structure, which was designed to resemble the lids of the jars in which the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls it houses were discovered; fountains of water play on the building's exterior.
The museum and its grounds are vast. The permanent collections are organized into three wings, for Archaeology, Jewish Art and Life, and the Fine Arts, and the museum also offers rotating temporary exhibitions on a host of subjects. The dynamic Youth Wing welcomes over 100,000 schoolchildren each year for a wealth of ongoing activities and workshops. A world-class Art Garden features sculptures by international masters such as Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore alongside works by renowned Israeli artists such as Benni Efrat and Menashe Kadishman. In the win for Jewish Art and Life, the new Synagogue Route includes wholly reconstructed interiors from Jewish communities in Italy, Germany, India and the Caribbean. The Fine Arts wing covers a wide spectrum of artistic movements and includes both Israeli and international artist.
The Israel Museum also offers programming at two off-campus satellite museums in Jerusalem: the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, which specializes in antiquities from across the Land of Israel, and downtown's Ticho House, with its displays of contemporary Israeli art.
Admission: Adults 48 NIS, Students 36 NIS, Children (aged 5 to 17) / Senior Citizens / Disabled / Repeat visits within three months 24 NIS, Soldiers/National Service free entrance.
Free entrance for children aged 17 and under on Tuesdays and Saturdays, most holidays and the month of August.
Bus lines to the museum: 14, 9, 7, 35.
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Photo of main museum building courtesy of Tim Hursley for the Israel Museum. Other photos by Flash90 for GoJerusalem.com.
למוזיאון ישראל בעברית לחץ כאן
DetailsSunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00 to 17:00; Tuesday 16:00 to 21:00; Friday 10:00 to 14:00