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Israel Museum, Jerusalem

(4.5/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
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 Israel Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Jerusalem using our Jerusalem vacation generator.
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  • Well done museum with great exhibits. Unfortunately it was a rainy day so we missed out on enjoying the grounds. Did love the site of the Temple model - good to see before you visit the Old City. Favo...  more »
  • Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in person was an extraordinary experience. This museum is a must-see in Jerusalem. The archaeology is superb and so is the art. I wish I had more time to see all the exhibi...  more »
  • Nothing new here except the usual propaganda. It is just not worth the time, money and effort. All better spent in many other interesting places around town.  more »
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  • Wish we would have had more time here. We visited the area with the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was an amazing display in a unique building designed to look like the pottery jars the scrolls were found in. Beautiful gift shop (wish we would have had more time there too!) Unfortunately no photos allowed in the exhibit area. I highly recommend visiting this amazing exhibit that takes you 2,000 years back in time and tells you the story of the significance of the scrolls. We also saw the amazing model of the city of Jerusalem during Biblical times. Seeing this miniature city brought it to life for me. I was able to see how the city was laid out, how imposing the Temple was, and the walls around the ancient city.
  • diverse and interesting exhibitions, bot indoor and outdoor. deducted a star for the high price, with no discounts for Israeli citizens (or Jerusalem) like many other museums in the world offer their citizens.
  • Plan on spending the whole day here - there is a lot to see! Also, check their website as there are often extra events, festivals, and lectures happening. There is also a large section for children to be expressive with art.
  • Very nice museum. Highly recomended. Nice paintings from the best artists. Also great archeological collections
  • one of the best museums i know, anywhere, and a must see destination for anyone visiting jerusalem. if you love art and have the time, i suggest spreading your visit over a couple of weekday mornings. don't miss james turrells "space that sees" in the sculpture garden, the archeology wing and the world art wing