Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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#3 of 165 in Museums in Israel
Visitors flock to Israel Museum to take in the enormous collection of artifacts and art housed in an institution of national significance. With wings devoted to prehistoric archaeology, Jewish art, and general fine arts, the museum caters to a variety of tastes. Some highlights include the Dead Sea Scrolls, displayed on rotation due of their fragile condition, a detailed model of Jerusalem's Second Temple, and a Venus carving believed to represent one of the oldest examples of human art. The library, restaurant, and two cafes on premises are open to the public and do not require purchase of an entrance ticket. Plan your visit to Israel Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Jerusalem journey planner.
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  • I have been to quite a few art museums in my time and can be quite picky. This one is worth going to. The way the exhibits are put together is fantastic and I wished I could have spent more time there...  more »
  • We visited the Israel Museum, has received us and explain us about im Museum and it departments, it was a fascinating experience! Very helpful!! Highly recommend!!!
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  • As I write this you should go right now (February 2018).there are two of the finest and most interesting special art exhibits I have seen anywhere in years. Really worth it just for the Japanese artis...  more »
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  • It’s better than I could have imagined. The collection is divers and of a very high quality. Big names of art displayed very well. I have no idea how I missed this museum last time I was in Israel. It also has a large out door area and a good shop and coffee shop.
  • Great museum. Lots of exhibits. Lots of human history here. Can easily spend hours reading and looking at the exhibits. I highly recommend having a tour guide to help tie everything together. But you can also meander around and read the descriptions.
  • The renowned Israel museum is magnificent and one of a kind. It holds a permanent exhibition with some extremely rare items, many of which were excavated across Israel. The museum puts great emphasis on Judaism, Jewish culture and history. It holds a very detailed model of Jerusalem from the Herod period. The most significant and unique part of the museum is the Shrine of the Book which holds the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is one of the most significant documents of mankind. On top of all that the museum holds temporary exhibitions hosting some of the most intriguing and known artists in the world. In Jewish holidays it usually holds events for the whole family. We were a group of 13 adults and took a guided tour which was very interesting. We were lucky to attend Ai Weiwei's exhibition which was fascinating.
  • Definitely want to go back. Need a whole day to go through the museum. The Dead Sea scrolls were incredible.
  • clean, worth the trip. Make sure to rent the ear phones to be able to understand what you see. We had a good guide.

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