Rockefeller Archeological Museum, Jerusalem

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The Rockefeller Museum, formerly the Palestine Archaeological Museum, is an archaeology museum located in East Jerusalem that houses a large collection of artifacts unearthed in the excavations conducted in Mandate Palestine, in the 1920s and 1930s.The museum is under the management of the Israel Museum and houses the head office of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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  • Truly awful and waste of time. This museum has fantastic archaeological pieces but zero information about them. The only information given for each of the thousands of pieces is an item number and and...  more »
  • I recommend that you go around him at noon. The refrigeration rooms will be greatly appreciated after a walk on a hot day. The museum offers time travel. Expositions include a very long period of time...  more »
  • The Rockefeller Museum was built in 1930-1938 by architect Austen Harrison just outside the northeast corner of the old town. The beautiful white stone building worth the look, especially the lovely courtyard with pool and arcades. It features exceptional archaeological collections that too many tourists overlook. They come from excavations carried out in Israel and Palestine. We admire are very beautiful antique pieces, but he should not miss the wood carved the mosque al-Aqsa (VIIIth s.) and especially exceptional decorations in stucco from the Palace out of Jericho (beginning of the eighth century.). Museology is a bit dated, but, and we're having a very nice time in this beautiful place to quietly contemplate masterpieces.
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  • Rockefeller Archaeological Museum. The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, situated in a magnificent white limestone edifice in East Jerusalem, houses the extraordinary collection of antiquities unearthed in excavations conducted in the country mainly during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948).
  • Extraordinary collection presented in a very old museum style that makes it extremely easy to follow.
  • Although it's owned by the Israel Museum, the Rockefeller museum is clear a very different type of museum. It was originally set up during the British mandate period and it shows - in many ways it still looks like what people thought a museum should look like in the 1940s. Interpretive signs are far fewer, very few large items, and most things assume their audience will be the well educated aristocracy. The whole place just feels old and dusty. The library even boasts that it has "authentic furniture from the British mandate period". Kid friendly this place is not. It is also very unique - while the Israel museum focuses on Jewish history, this branch focuses much more on the Arab history of the area. The library is one of the best features - you can't take anything out, but it's open to the public and if you want to read anything about archaeology, this is clearly the place to go.
  • It is not large museum, neither very comprehensive. But there are few exciting objects.
  • Excellent palestinian archeological museum built between the 2 world wars. Free entrance. Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 to 15:00. Shabbat 10 to 14:00.
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