The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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Visitors flock to The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 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 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Jerusalem journey planner.
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  • THE museum to visit in Israel. It has so many different type of exhibits about Jewish life (clothing, food, culture, religion....) that there's definitely something for everyone. The most interesting....  more »
  • no trip to Israel is complete without visiting the Israel museum. you can spend days and days, recommended you check on their online site prior to the visit and decide what you want to see  more »
  • Very interesting museum which should not be missed when visiting Jerusalem.the most remarkable exhibit was model recreation of the old city of Jerusalem in biblical times. The scrolls and ancient...  more »
  • I've always really liked the Israel museum. As well as a wide range of permanent exhibits, from archeology to modern art, they have a huge collection of paintings of great masters, and interesting changing exhibits. Audio guides in a variety of languages are available without additional cost. The museum is fully accessible. There is also a special kids section with appropriate exhibits and activities. There is a cafeteria in the middle of the museum, but the restaurant at the entrance is much better.
  • An art museum with historic collections, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. It has a wide range of exhibits from archeology to modern art. What was particularly memorable was its width and depth of collections: walking inside and observing the exhibits just made me feel like I am walking the story of the Scripture. Observing stones related to David and Solomon, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and manuscript written by Isaiah, was amazing. There are also numerous interesting monuments outside, which is also worth visiting. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Israel.
  • One of the best museums in the world. The exhibits cover all the world and all eras, with of course an emphasis on the area covered near and around Israel. Everything is spectacular, including a remarkable impressionist collection. But also fascinating Japanese sections. Absolutely world class, and not to be missed.
  • We absolutely loved this museum. We got there late and was only able to spend about 45 mins in the museum itself. We spent a lot of our time viewing the amazing model of Old Jerusalem outside. We easily could’ve spent hours there. Got to see so much and we only seen about 1/3 of it. Definitely want to go back one day.
  • Definitely a must visit in Jerusalem. Thousands years human history and culture. Ranging Paleolithic excavations through dead see scrolls to modern Israel. Exhibitions including Americas and far east. A lot of art in all directions.

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