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Highlights of the Shrine of the Book Exhibit at the Israel Museum


The impressive and world renowned Shrine of the Book Exhibit, a part of the Israel Museum, is located in a self-contained building specially designed for the ancient scrolls on the Israel Museum campus. The uniquely designed building contains many of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in a cave in the Judean desert by Qumran in 1947.


A visitor to the Shrine of the Book is immediately struck by the outstanding architecture of the building. Its white dome gleaming in the sunlight stands in stark contrast to the black basalt wall next to it. The contrast between the two symbolises the polarized world view of the Essene community who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls and divided humankind into "the Sons of Light" and "the Sons of Darkness" who where in a constant state of opposition to each other, in accordance with the Manichean tradition so very influential in their time.



Background information on the Shrine of the Book


The Shrine of the Book was built in 1965 and houses the extraordinary findings of a  complete manuscript of the prophet Isaiah  as well as the Aleppo Codex with its amazing history, among a range of other Dead Sea scrolls and ancient manuscripts. discovered in  1947. The site also contains a Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Centre making use of modern technology suited for all ages. The newest addition to the complex is a model of the Second Temple recently moved from another part of Jerusalem to the museum, completing the picture of the time of Jesus in Jerusalem. 


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For a printable map of the museum click here.


Guided tours are available at the upper gallery information desk. Wheelchairs and audio guides are available for rental.

The Israel Museum has a wonderful gift shop on site and several notable dining options and it is a beautiful venue for very special events.

Mansfeld - Named after Al Mansfeld, the Museum's first architect and Israel Prize recipient, the café has two locations, at the entrance to the Museum and at the gallery entrance pavilion. Menu includes fine coffee, homemade pastries, sandwiches, salads, quiches, and a variety of casseroles. Kosher under the supervision of the Jerusalem Rabbinate; Open Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 8 am - 5 pm; Tues 8 am - 9 pm;
Fridays 8 am - 2:30 pm (10:30 am - 2:30 pm: brunch with live music);
10 % discount for Museum members
Tel.: 02-563-6280
email: cafe@mansfeld.co.il
To arrange private events, call (054) 884-7133

Modern - The Museum's meat restaurant, conference, and special events center offers modern Israeli cuisine, and one of the largest Kosher wine collections in the country. Open: Sunday - Thursday from 11:30 and until the last diner is served; Business meals 11:30 am - 5:30 pm;

Friday 11:30 am - 2 pm
Closed Saturday
Restaurant: Tel. 02-6480862
Special events: 054-7788558

Wine & Jazz evenings at Modern Restaurant

Thursday evenings - wine tasting from an Israeli winery with live Jazz music played by a local Trio. Further details and reservations 02-6480862 02-6480862

Chic Cafe is a dairy cafe located at the entrance to the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Model. The menu includes fine coffee and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads (soups in the winter), cakes, ice cream, and snacks.
Open daily 8 am - 5 pm; Tuesdays 8 am - 7 pm; Fridays 8 am - 2:30 pm

10% discount for Museum and IFIM members, Museum admission ticket not needed to enter the cafe; free parking; wheelchair accessible


Nearby Places of Interest

Bible Lands Museum, the Knesset, the Wohl Gardens, the National Library, the Government Quarter, Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus, and the Einstein Science Museum


Hours of Operation


Sun / Mon / Wed / Thurs / Sat: 10am - 5pm
Tues: 4pm - 9pm
Fri: 10am - 2pm

We are open on Holiday eves  from 10 - 2pm.and in fact every day of the year except for Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur eve.

The Israel Museum is located in Jerusalem on Ruppin Boulevard, near the Knesset (Israeli Parliament).

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
POB 71117
Jerusalem, 91710
Tel: 972-2-670-8811






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