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Background on the Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel offering an extensive encyclopedic collection of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art.  Founded in 1965, the Museum is ranked among one of the world's leading art and archaeology museums featuring the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. Endowed with a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, the Israel Museum is a highly recommended visit for both tourists and locals alike.


A comprehensive upgrade of the Israel Museums 20-acre campus was completed in 2010 and now features new galleries, entrance facilities, and public spaces. The three-year expansion and renewal project was designed to enhance visitor experience of the Museum's collections, architecture, and surrounding landscape, complementing its original design by Alfred Mansfeld and Dora Gad.

 

Highlights of the Israel Museum


Among the highlights of the Museum's original campus is the Shrine of the Book, designed by Armand Bartos and Frederick Kiesler, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts. The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibitdates all the way back to the time of Jesus, two millennia ago, including a full copy of the Book of Isaiah. Among the many documents stored there one can also find the historically important Aleppo Codex which is the oldest full text of the Hebrew Bible in existence today.

The impressive Holy Land model of ancient Jerusalem is also  on display at the Israel Museum and is located adjacent to the Shrine of the Book. The Holy Land Model of Jerusalem depicts the city during the Second Temple Period and reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine's presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


The Museum's celebrated Billy Rose Art Garden, designed for the original campus by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, is counted among the finest outdoor sculpture settings of the 20th century. An Oriental landscape combined with an ancient Jerusalem hillside, the garden serves as the backdrop for the Israel Museum's display of the evolution of the modern western sculptural tradition. On view are works by modern masters including Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith, together with more recent site-specific commissions by such artists as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark Dion, James Turrell, and Micha Ullman.


The Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education, unique in its size and scope of activities, presents a wide range of programming to more than 100,000 schoolchildren each year, and features exhibition galleries, art studios, classrooms, a library of illustrated children's books, and a recycling room. Special programs foster intercultural understanding between Arab and Jewish students and reach out to the wide spectrum of Israel's communities.


In addition to the extensive programming offered on its main campus, the Israel Museum also operates two off-site locations: the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, an architectural gem built in 1938 for the display of archaeology from ancient Israel; and Ticho House, which offers an ongoing program of exhibitions by younger Israeli artists in a historic house and garden setting.

 

 

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Location

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

 

 

Hours of Operation

The Museum is open every day of the year except Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur eve.

The opening hours are as follows:

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

 

Wheelchair accessible. Entrance fee.

 

 

Nearby Places of Interest

 

The Knesset, the Supreme Court building, the Wohl Garden, Jerusalem Botanical Garden

 

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