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L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art

2 Hapalmach Street, Jerusalem, Israel
972 2 5661291
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Ranked #92 of 181 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum features nine galleries that focus on the beliefs and art of the Islamic civilization.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Not the cheapest or the easiest to get to, but this is a lovely little museum. It has an interesting selection of Islamic art, including scarves and manuscripts. Well curated. It's also nice to see a museum in this tense and divided city that is so thoughtful and respectful to the culture and achievements of the "other side". A final... More

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This small, three-story museum in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem is definitely worth the visit. Parking is very difficult in the area, however. The fee is 40 shekels for adults, but since I could prove that I was a senior citizen by showing my passport, I got the reduced fee of 20 shekels. The art work is divided by eras... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This small museum is worth a visit! It is not very large but has a wonderful layout displaying the progression of Islamic art. You will find decorative tiles, clothing, jewellery, furniture, weapons and an excellent display of armoury. It is not too far from the city centre and if you have some spare time it will not disappoint you!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

It's a bit off the beaten track, but well worth visiting, especially if you have any interest in Islamic tiles, weaponry, or decorative arts--or European clocks. There is a remarkable collection of clocks (stolen in the 1980s but now recovered) including one made for Marie Antoinette, who was long dead by the time the amazing pocket watch was finished! The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is a small, fascinating museum in Jerusalem. It displays two collections – several rooms illustrating the development of Islamic art and one room of watches and clocks. The Islamic art rooms contain some stunningly beautiful pieces and provide a very clear and informative outline of the development of Islamic Art. The room of watches and clocks are from the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art is ironically very close to the Israeli president's residence in a beautiful neighborhood of parks, culture, and beautiful homes. The museum itself is very low key, but contains treasures if Islamic art that are well displayed with informative labels and explanations. I was attracted by the opportunity to see beautiful calligraphy, and was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

There is no shortage of historical sites and museums in Jerusalem, but every now and then you'll find a neighborhood gem that is a very worthwhile experience. That can be said of the L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art. While small, there are several collections that pack a punch. First and foremost is the timepiece collection. Nestled in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Islamic Museum in Jerusalem is a well organized, well laid out museum with some fascinating artifacts. The fact that the museum is located next to the Israeli Bar Association and the official residence of the President of Israel is amazing in itself, as there are few museums for Islamic art and history throughout the Western world.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

The museum is close to the center of town, adjacent to the President's Official Residence. The architecture of the building is tatseful. The Collection of Islamic art is patchy. The best part for me was the antique watch and clock exhibition which has nothing to do with Islamic art but has an interesting tale of theft and recovery. On Thursday... More

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Natanya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Went on a Saturday afternoon when it was not busy at all. Entrance fee is reasonable and the collection is not too large, making it comfortable to see everything within a reasonable time frame. Exhibits were accompanied by good written descriptions and. the museum guide added explanations of art history and the religious background. The prize clock and watch collection... More

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