Things to do in Jerusalem, Jerusalem District: The Best Museums

September 25, 2021 Esmeralda Fenner

Religious pilgrims have been traveling to Jerusalem for centuries, yet you don’t have to share their zeal in order to appreciate this city’s profound cultural and historical significance. Plan on seeing the major sights, but also leave plenty of time to walk through the streets and simply immerse yourself in the daily life of such an ancient and revered place.
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1. Israel Museum

11 Derekh Ruppin, Jerusalem 9543500 Israel +972 2-670-8811 [email protected] http://www.imj.org.il/
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5.0 based on 4,922 reviews

Israel Museum

Comprising nearly 50,000 square meters and a six-acre sculpture garden, this complex features an impressive variety of collections from prehistoric archaeology to contemporary art.The children's wing is the most interactive section of this sprawling museum. There are special activities for kids during Jewish holidays and school vacations.

Reviewed By Archaeobuff - Sydney, Australia

Many highlights - the design of the Dead Sea scrolls building - the Shrine of the Book, the chronological order and clear presentation of the artefacts in the rest of the museum and the wonderful massive recreation of the old city of Jerusalem in 66 AD, the Second Temple Period, before the Romans destroyed the City and the Temple. Seek out the Pontius Pilate stone from Caesarea and the Jerusalem Prism from the time of Sennacharib, King of Assyria. Great gift shop and all the facilities.

2. Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

Mount Herzl Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Entrance to the site is via the Holland Junction, situated on Herzl Boulevard, Jerusalem 91034 Israel +972 2-644-3400 [email protected] http://www.yadvashem.org/
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5.0 based on 8,802 reviews

Yad Vashem -  The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

The World Holocaust Remembrance Center is a 45-acre campus comprised of indoor museums, outdoor monuments, gardens and sculptures. Entrance to Yad Vashem is free. Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is for ages 10 and up.

Reviewed By Bat-Dan4 - Burnaby, Canada

The site includes the heart-wrenching and unforgettable memorial, along with other important smaller memorials. Do yourself a favour - set aside 2-4 hours to really let the significance of it all set in, AND turn the damn phone off for the whole time. Despite all the sadness, remember that there is always hope - it depends on the choices we make.

3. Temple Mount Sifting Project- HaMasu'ot Lookout

Martin Buber Yizhaq HaNadiv intersection, Jerusalem 9765300 Israel +972 2-566-5491 [email protected] http://tmsifting.org/en/participate?utm_source=TripAdvisor&utm_medium=TripAdvisor&utm_campaign=TripAdvisor
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Temple Mount Sifting Project- HaMasu'ot Lookout

The seal of a biblical priest who served in the First Temple, a rare silver half-shekel coin that was used for the Temple tax according to biblical law, arrowheads from the destruction of the first temple, jewels, and many more exciting discoveries were made over the years while sifting soil from Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Many more treasures are still hiding in this unique soil and you have the opportunity to discover them! Over 250,000 people already took part in this endeavor, will you also be part of this huge public heritage preservation project? Background: Since 2004, the Temple Mount Sifting Project has been sifting the soil destructively and illegally bulldozed from the Temple Mount in order to preserve, research, and publish the archaeological history of this ancient and holy place.

Reviewed By yehiel2020 - Tel Aviv, Israel

Fun activity for all ages while gaining informally fascinating historical and archeological information.

4. Vic's Armenian Art Studio

77 Armenian Patriarchate Road Armenian Quarter, next to the Police Station., Jerusalem Israel +972 2-628-0496 http://www.viclepejian.mysite.com/
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5.0 based on 28 reviews

Vic's Armenian Art Studio

5. Terra Sancta Museum - Via Dolorosa

1 Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem 9762601 Israel +972 58-550-2736 http://www.terrasanctamuseum.org/en
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5.0 based on 43 reviews

Terra Sancta Museum - Via Dolorosa

Reviewed By Y9130KXfabiob

The museum, is open in part, the multimedia section presents a very exciting immersive installation that traces the entire history of the city. Very recommended for those who want an introduction to the complex history of Jerusalem.

6. Kokia House Visitor Center

Rehov HaRav Agan 10, Jerusalem 9422505 Israel +972 2-654-3385 [email protected] http://www.kokiahouse.org/
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Kokia House Visitor Center

The Kokia House Visitors Center is dedicated to showcase the riches of the land as a common spiritual heritage to God’s people. During your visit, you will view a short film, an archaeological exhibition and an audio-visual presentation about the land of Israel.

Reviewed By Jeff90038 - Los Angeles, United States

Well worth a visit if you're going to Jaffa Street or Mahane Yehuda Market. Beautiful movie presentation of the significance of the Seven Species of the land of Israel. A small exhibition and artifacts courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority that display the Seven Species.

7. Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

Rehov Shmuel Stephan Weiz 21, Jerusalem 9104601 Israel +972 2-561-1066 [email protected] http://www.blmj.org/en/
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem holds a unique collection dating back to the beginning of written history. It tells the story of humanity, the story of culture, the story of where we came from and how we got here. It tells Your Story. The Museum presents the history of humanity through one of the most important collections of artifacts from the Ancient Near East – the Lands of the Bible. On display are the great civilizations that rose and flourished in this region – Sumer, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Canaan, Persia, Greece and Rome, who were responsible for the advancements of Western civilization. These cultures developed our understanding of science and technology, language and writing, economics and commerce, faith and religion and material culture. We invite you to explore the greatest revolutions in our ancient history and to discover the power of the continuum that is constantly transforming the world we live in.

Reviewed By FredaMina

Anyone could go through the museum using the audio and love this extraordinary collection of artifacts giving one understanding of the comprehensive history of the land of Israel..the land of the bible. Going thru the millennium one is bombarded with a rich collection that is well organized and easy to follow. Just set aside the time. But you'll only have half the pleasure without reserving a docent tour for yourself or a group. My guide Harriet Mark was passionate and well prepared to take me through the museum and point out so much of what I might not have noticed. Her editorial was fantastic, uber prepared, and her energy extraordinary. There's no question I will return again and most definitely make sure to request Harriet as my guide...think she will be great and engaging especially for families and groups...She makes Bible Land become alive!

8. Herodian Quarter/Wohl Archaeological Museum

Hakara'im Rd., Jerusalem Israel +972 2-628-3448 http://www.rova-yehudi.org.il/%d7%90%d7%aa%d7%a8%d7%99-%d7%aa%d7%99%d7%99%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%aa
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Herodian Quarter/Wohl Archaeological Museum

This excavated complex preserves a 385-foot section of the Upper City near the Temple Mount dating back 2,000 years, which also contains a complex of ritual baths or mikvaot.

9. Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem

Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem 9114001 Israel +972 2-626-5333 [email protected] http://www.tod.org.il/en/
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4.5 based on 2,204 reviews

Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem

Located in the restored ancient Citadel of Jerusalem at the entrance to the Old City, the Tower of David Museum tells the story of the city through history. The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through 3000 years of history, using models, displays and multi media so that the timeline of the city comes to life. The museum stages temporary exhibitions which integrate the unique location and majesty of the ancient Citadel and its history with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues. It hosts lectures and special musical, educational and cultural events. The 2 night shows, both the Night Spectacular and KING DAVID are world renowned and present Jerusalem's special character and beauty screened in lights, images and music on the ancient walls in the Citadel courtyard. Admission to the unique 360° view point over the old and new city of Jerusalem is 15 NIS only!

Reviewed By Rossow1066

The audio tour, available to rent at the ticket counter, is very good, gives a lot of extra detail to the exhibits. The Citadel is very impressive and the tour ties it in with the various stages of the region's history and the development of the town. Good place to visit with kids as they can go up on the ramparts.

10. Ammunition Hill Memorial and Museum (Givat Ha-Tachmoshet)

Rehov Shlomo Zalman Shraga 5, Jerusalem 91181 Israel +972 2-582-9393 [email protected] http://www.g-h.org.il/en/
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Ammunition Hill Memorial and Museum (Givat Ha-Tachmoshet)

This official memorial, symbolizing the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, is in honor of those who died during the Six-Day War in 1967. The past 3 years the site was significantly upgraded and the last accord was the launching of a most impressive new Museum & a commemoration Hall.

Reviewed By Passenger402435

For anyone interested in Israel’s history, this is highly suggested. It had a nice film with relief map that allowed you to follow the events talked about.

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