L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art, Jerusalem

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L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art features nine galleries filled with Islamic cultural artifacts, ceremonial objects, jewelry, carpets, glassworks, clocks, watches, paintings, textiles, and pottery. Established in 1974, the museum showcases Islamic artworks from around the world and aims to erase the age-long cultural divide between Arabs and Jews. The multimedia hall concentrates on religious art and Islam's contributions in various fields, from science and astronomy, to medicine. The renowned collection of watches and clocks includes items stolen during the spectacular 1983 heist. Guided English-language tours are available with prior notice--call ahead to reserve. Put L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art into our Jerusalem tour builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Jerusalem.
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  • Many wonderful examples of Islamic Art from the region. The exhibit comprises three floors, and spans various ethnicities and cultures.  more »
  • The watch and clock collection is fascinating, not only because of the interesting and professional presentation, but also because of the 'James Bond' story behind them...being stolen for 25 years and...  more »
  • The museum has two different exhibitions The clocks and islam Both of them are interesting There are all kind off clocks made about 200 years ago with all kinds of wonderful inventions The islamic par...  more »
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  • When going with young kids downloading the application to your smart phone and using it is a must if you get there at a time when guided tours are not available as we did, so make sure you get there with a full battery. You can visit the clocks and watches exhibition first (don't skip the short movie in there to get everyone in the mood) and then start the application and visit the different rooms following it. The application is a genius way to make the visit fun and educational for the kids! No cafeteria available so make sure you don't get there hungry or thirsty or in need for coffee like my husband was :) restrooms are clean. The invitation for the kids to make a drawing of their parents or each other on a dedicated board before you leave is also cool.
  • I was attending a concert. The concert "hall" is not designed as one: Seats are uncomfortable, the seating arrangement does not allow good view of the stage. I am 6 ft. High was sitting in the 6th row, and still had difficulty to see the show. The sound is not bad. Otherwise the museum is nice and pleasant. The exhibits are nice. The staff is welcoming. It is just that it is not intended to host concert or other performances.
  • The place located in a beautiful building, the permanent exsabitions is little out dated but in basement you can find the clocks collection - it magical. More in basement there is a contemporary art gallery it's really good to check what exsabitions happening there.
  • Unique museum in Jerusalem. An interesting display to learn about the art and culture in Islamic world. Don't miss the marvelous gallery of the "stolen watches". True gems.
  • Wonderful collection of art, ceramics, jewelry, religious texts and other artifacts, with explanations in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Be sure to sign up for the guided tour of the clocks exhibit.

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