Great Museums

Great Museums in Jerusalem

Find Israel’s soul in great museums: Israel Museum, Tower of David, Dead Sea Scrolls, Yad Vashem Holocaust, City of David, Temple Institute, & Independence Hall and more! Here is a selection:

Shrine of the Book housing Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem

Shrine of the Book home to Dead Sea Scrolls

Ammunition Hill
Former Jordanian bunker captured by Israel in 1967 Six Day War 02-5828442

Armenian Museum
Armenians in Jerusalem Tel. 02-6282331

Bible Lands Museum
Archaeology from the lands of Bible www.blmj.org/en/

 

David's Tower & Citadel at Jaffa Gate housing history of Jerusalem museum

Jerusalem Citadel & David’s Tower tracing 4000 years of history

Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Including animals from the Bible Tel. 02-6750111 www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/en/

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
6000 species from around the world Tel. 02-6794012/3 www.en.botanic.co.il

Burnt House & Herodian Quarter
Wohl Museum 02-6265922 http://www.jewish-quarter.org.il/atarim.asp

 

Diaspora Museum: Story of Jewish communities and dispersion

Diaspora Museum story of Jewish people

Cable Car Museum
Cable Car to supply Jewish defenders Mt. Zion, War of Independence 17 Hebron Rd.

Marc Chagall Windows
Stained glass of Jacob’s blessings of 12 sons Tel. 02-6776271 www.hadassah-med.com/about/art-at-hadassah/chagall-windows/

 

Independence Hall: David Ben Gurion declares the Jewish state on May 14, 1948

Independence Hall in Tel Aviv: Ben Gurion declares Jewish state May 14, 1948

City of David
King David’s Jerusalem with Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, & Canaanite springhouse. Tel. 02-6262341 www.cityofdavid.org.il/en/

Davidson Center Archaeological Park
Temple Mount excavations: Hulda Gates, Temple Stairway, Herodian street, & stones from Roman destructionTel. 02-6277550 www.archpark.co.il

Grinding wheat by hand with millstones at Ein Yael Jerusalem

Ein Yael active outdoor museum Jerusalem

Ein-Yael
Outdoor active museum of biblical crafts: Weaving, ceramics, mosaics, olive oil press Tel. 02-6451866 www.einyael.co.il

Herzl Center & Museum
Story of Theodor Herzl father of modern Zionism and creation of national home for Jewish people Tel. 02-66321515 www.herzl.org

 

Islamic art museum clock 160X160

Rare time piece at Islamic Art museum

Islamic Art Museum
Miniatures, art, tools and weapons from Islamic lands incl. rare watches Tel. 02-5661291 www.islamicart.co.il

Israel Museum
Biblical archaeology, Judaica, and Old European Masters. Incl, Dead Sea Scrolls & 2nd Temple scale model Tel 02-6708811 www.imj.org.il/en

Chagall windows at Hadassah hospital: Tribe of Joseph

Chagall window Joseph

Italian Jewish Art Museum
Jewish life in Italy from Middle Ages to present Tel. 02-6241610 www.ijamuseum.org

Jewish Qtr. “One Last Day”
Fall of the Jewish Qtr. to Jordan: Events of May 28, 1948 photographed by John Phillips who accompanied the Jordanian Legion. Tel. 02-6273916

 

Scale model at Israel Museum of 2nd Temple destroyed by Titus the Roman in 70 A.D.

Scale model of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem destroyed by Titus the Roman in 70 A.D.

Knesset (Parliament)
Tel. 02 6753337 www.knesset.gov.il/tour/eng/evisit.htm

Menachem Begin Heritage Center
Life & struggle for establishment of Israel. Tel. 02-5652020 www.begincenter.org.il/en/

Scale Model of 2nd Temple Jerusalem
Jerusalem before Roman destruction, Israel Museum 02-6708811 www.imj.org.il/en

Herzl Museum on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem: Theodor Herzl founder of modern Zionist movement in Basle, Switzerland in 1897

Theodor Herzl founder of modern Zionist movement in Basle, Switzerland 1897

Mt. Herzl national cemetery
Burial place of Theodor Herzl & Israel’s leaders www.wzo.org.il/mount-herzl

Old Yishuv Court museum
Jewish life in Jerusalem Old City until Jordanian capture in 1948 Tel. 02-6284636 www.jewishquarter.org.il/atar-museum.asp

Prison of pre state Jewish underground
Former British central prison Tel. 02-6233166

Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and memorial

Yad Vashem national Holocaust museum, memorial, and research center

Rockefeller Archaeological Museum
Antiquities from digs all around Israel www.english.imjnet.org.il/page_1684

Science Museum
Innovative interactive exhibitions for all ages Tel. 02-6544888 www.mada.org.il/en

Supreme Court of Israel
http://elyon1.court.gov.il/eng/siyur/index.html 02-6759612

Windmill built by Moses Montifiore in 1857 and Yemin Moshe neighborhood

Windmill built by Moses Montifiore in 1857 outside Jerusalem Old City walls

Tax Museum
Taxation in ancient world, Ottoman, British Mandate, and modern Israel. 02-6257597

Temple Institute
Temple vessels and marble model of the Holy Temple in Jewish Qtr., Tel. 02-6264545 www.templeinstitute.org

Theater Museum & Archive
Collection of theater costumes & props Tel. 02-5883986

Massive stones from 2nd Temple destroyed by Titus the Roman in 70 A.D.

Massive stones from the Holy Temple destroyed by Titus the Roman in 70 A.D. at Davidson archaeological park in Jerusalem

Tabor House
One of Jerusalem’s most beautiful houses. Built 1882 by renowned architect Conrad Schick. 58 Hanevi’im St., Tel. 02-6253822

Ticho House
Built latter 19th C., home of eye doctor Dr. Ticho and wife Anna who painted Jerusalem landscapes 7 Rav Kook St, Tel. 02-6245068

Tower of David
Citadel built by Herod the Great, traces Jerusalem’s history from Abraham to present: Tel. 02-6265333 www.tod.org.il/en/

Western Wall Tunnels
300 meter long tunnel along Herod’s western retainer wall of Temple Mount. Tel. 02-6271333 english.thekotel.org

Windmill Museum
Built in 1857 by Jewish philanthropist Moses Montefiore to provide work and encourage Jews to settle outside the walls. Tel. 02- 6230323, 6292222

Herodian Mansions & Burnt House
Archeological remains of Herodian homes including a house burnt by the Romans during the Jewish revolt in 70 CE. Jewish Qtr. Tel. 02-6283448

Wolfson Museum of Jewish Ceremonial Art 
At Hechal Shlomo, Israel Chief Rabbinate, 58 King George St., Tel. 02-5889007 http://eng.hechalshlomo.org.il/zzmtahd2zntmf1as/

Yad Vashem Holocaust museum
Located Mt. Herzl Tel. 02-6443400 www.yadvashem.org

Great Museums in Tel Aviv

In Tel Aviv there are many great museums but don’t miss Independence Hall where you can hear a recording of David Ben Gurion declaring the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, the Diaspora Museum telling the story of the Jewish people and communities over 2000 years of Dispersion, and the Land of Israel Museum, but there are many more:

Azrieli Tower Observatory
One of highest 132 Petach Tikvah St. Tel. 03-6081179

Ben Gurion House
Israel’s 1st Prime Minister, 17 Ben Gurion Blvd Tel 03-5221010

Bialik House
Home of Israel’s national poet 22 Bialik St., Tel. 03-5254530

Diaspora Museum
Story of Jewish people from Roman expulsion to present  www.bh.org.il

Eretz Israel Museum
Biblical life: Oil press, flour mill, weaving, pottery, glass Tel 03- 6415244 www.eretzmuseum.org.il/e/

Ilana Goor Sculpture
Former 18th C. Jewish inn in Old Jaffa. Today displays Goor’s unique sculpture & jewelry design Tel 03-6837676 www.ilanagoormuseum.org/eng/

Independence Hall
Where David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s indpendence on May 14, 1948. 16 Rothschild Blvd., Tel. 03-5173942 www.ihi.org.il

Jabotinsky Institute
History of the pre state Revisionist Movement, 38 King George St., Tel. 03-5287320

Jaffa Museum of Antiquities
Old Jaffa excavations Tel. 03-6825375 www.oldjaffa.co.il/?CategoryID=212

Military: Collection House
History of Israeli army from strugge for independence to present Tel. 03-5161346

Military: Etzel Museum
Etzel movement during the War of Independence Tel. 03-5172044.

Military: Hagana Museum
Pre state underground army and struggle for independence Tel. 03-5608624

Military: Palmach Museum
Palmach spirit and the struggle for Israel’s independence Tel. 03-643-6393,

Nachum Gutman Art Museum
Nachum Gutman founder of “Eretz-Israel” style in painting Tel. 03-5161970 www.gutmanmuseum.co.il/en/

Rokach House
Shimon Rokach house (built 1887) and dream of building new Hebrew neighborhood of Neve Tzedek Tel. 03-5168042 www.rokach-house.co.il

Rubin Art Museum
Residence of painter Reuven Rubin 1946 till 1974 Tel. 03-5255961 www.rubinmuseum.org.il/home.asp

Shalom Aleichem House
Yiddish culture & Shalom Aleichem’s life, 4 Berkowitz St., Tel. 03-6956513

Shalom Tower Observatory
Spectacular views from 34th floor, 9 Achad Ha’am St.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Israel’s major art museum, 27 Shaul Hamelech St. Tel. 03-6077020 www.tamuseum.org.il

Helena Rubinstein Art Pavillion
Contemporary art exhibitions. 6 Tarsat Blvd.,Tel. 03-5287196

Contact Us
Would you like to incorporate any of the great museums such as Jerusalem’s Israel Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls, or Yad Vashem Holocaust museum into your Israel or Holy Land tour program? Contact Zack Shavin, veteran guide & biblical archaeologist at Land of Israel Tours for more info.

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