June 26, 2019     23 Sivan 5779
Places To Visit and Tour Israel - Historical Museums
  Israel Museum

Daytime view of the renewed Israel Museum’s Gallery Entrance Pavilion from Carter Promenade, with David Smith's Cubi VI (1963) in the foreground

© Tim Hursley

Israel Museum
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In just forty-five years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture.

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. Adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which 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, Pablo Picasso, 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.

For more information:
PO Box 71117 Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone number 02-670-8811
Buses 7,9,14,35
Email: info@imj.org.il

Open hours:
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs. 10 AM-5Pm
Tuesday 4-9 pm
Friday and holiday eves-10am-2pm
Sat and holidays 10am-5pm

50 NIS for adults which includes free entrance for shrine of the book complex and an audio guide 
25 NIS for children up to the age of 17 and on tuesdays from 4pm and saturdays free admission for children up to age 17

Click here to visit the Israel Museum Website.

 The renewed entrance gallery to the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing at the Israel Museum

© Elie Posner

Daytime view of the renewed Israel Museum’s Gallery Entrance Pavilion from Carter Promenade, with David Smith's Cubi VI (1963) in the foreground

© Tim Hursley

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