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Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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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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Where to stay in Jerusalem

Although it lacks a big selection of mid-range options, Jerusalem provides plenty of choices in the top-end hotel category. The Old City contains the bulk of Jerusalem's small hotels, inexpensive hostels, and religious hospices, all of which appeal to budget-conscious travelers. West Jerusalem offers additional options in the form of guesthouses and bigger hotels, some of which boast five-star ratings. If you just need a bed, consider a youth hostel, where you can choose between private and common rooms with Wi-Fi included.
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  • could have spent days there... amazing encyclopedic museum with lots to look at. fabulous art in the permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits were INCREDIBLE, children's wing was great, sculpture garden...  more »
  • The Israel Museum is literally one of the great museums of the world, meaning it is enormous! a full day wouldn't do to see all it and so you have to choose what you want to see. Two of its department...  more »
  • Much thought and planning has gone into this museum. The displays are clear, the building is spacious, and there is much to see. My only criticism is that the (mostly elderly) guards are grumpy and in...  more »
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  • Indeed an encyclopedic museum. Artifacts from all over the world. And Shrine of the Book is a must to visit. Although the visit can be completed in around two hours, it might take whole day to see and understand everything. Staff are friendly and nice. Restaurants and book & souvenir shops serve all needs. Very nice place. Do not miss in Jerusalem.
  • I've been to many museums, all around the world, and this one is truly one of my favorites. I've been there more times than I can count but never got bored because it's such a special museum and there's always so much to see. The thing I love about this museum so much is that there is something for anyone there. No matter what your age is or what you're interested in, you're guaranteed to find something that will amaze you. Something that will catch your eye. I recommend this place to literally everyone, it's absolutely fantastic!
  • maybe one of my favorite sites here in Jerusalem. We were fascinated by the miniature of Jerusalem from the time of the Romans (2000 years ago). It really gives you a great picture of how the city used to look like. Of course tied to the history that comes with it. We also went to see the dead sea scrolls - how fascinating is it that we have real authentic writings from 2000 years ago! it is a must see! :)
  • A fun museum, lots (too much!) to see. The highlights were the Dead Sea Scrolls and the scale model of Jerusalem. Overall, fun museum, worth at least an afternoon. Nothing out-of-this-world or particularly educational.
  • Great variety and collections. There is something for everyone. Plenty of places to eat, sit, and learn in this huge museum.