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“take the free tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum
25 Stefan Wise Street | Museum Row, Jerusalem 9104601, Israel
972 2 5611066
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Ranked #45 of 238 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective. The core exhibition displays an extraordinary collection of ancient art and archaeology tracing the roots of monotheism from the dawn of civilization to early Christianity.The treasures on display represent the physical evidence of civilization and events described in the Bible. Traditions, rituals, religions, and cultures are revealed through ancient ivories, mosaics, jewelry, seals, terra cotta and stone sculptures. The magnificent cultures of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria and Babylon come to life before you.The exhibits feature the Assyrian ivories from Nimrud (circa 800 B.C.), sarcophagus of Julia Latronilla dated from the 4th century and an impressive collection of cylinder seals and scarabs.
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“take the free tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Docents compete for a lot giving the free tour. Each one is different. Collection is weak on provenance but strong on organization. Temporary exhibits are often outstanding.

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“A facinating museum dedicated to explaining the cultures of the lands of the Bible.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

I must admit in advance, my late parents were serious donors to this museum. The museum, founded, built and run by the late Dr. Elie Borowsky, his wife Batya, and her daughters, showcases Elie's superb collection of antiquities amassed from 1945 till 2000.
Some people have complained about the provenance of items, but go check the provenance of stuff in the Louvre, in Paris; the BM in London; The Met, in NYC; etc., etc., and get back to me. You'll find that EVERY museum has stuff, the acquisition of which was questionable. At least Elie didn't rip off people being sent to the gas chambers, as was done in Nazi-occupied Europe (Read "Gang of Thieves"; you won't believe the Dutch and the Swiss, especially).
One big caveat: The layout is quite complicated, so a guided tour is best, unless you just want to wander and examine the superb quality objects. If you want to make head or tail of the collection, take a guided tour; I'm a licenced tour guide in Israel, and I take the guided tour when I have guests. The cafe is nothing to write home about (go next door to Moderne, the meat restaurant at the Israel Museum for GREAT food), but the museum shop at the Biblelands has great stuff. I do gift shopping there a lot.

Visited April 2011
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“Best For Kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

Definitely buy Shamshi's Comic for kids, not too expensive (25 NIS). I have never seen my children be so engaged at a museum, they had a great time.

Visited July 2011
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“Overwhelming scholastic museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

If you're looking for a lot of scholastic information about ancient Israel, this is the place for you. You could spend all day here if you wanted. It is located across the street from the Israel Museum. If you don't plan to spend all day here, pace yourself accordingly because you can easily get overwhelmed if you read everything. If you are a Christian, be sure to catch the ancient crypt towards the end of the exhibits that shows four stories about Jesus.

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“Wonderful surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

Visit the Bible Lands Museum (across the road from the Israel museum) which has exhibits about the neighboring civilizations in ancient times with interesting artifacts from areas such as Egypt, Syria, and Iran. When I was there in December 2009, there was also a very good temporary exhibit, “Echoes of Egypt,” consisting of old black and white photographs and drawings of Egypt. Depending on how intrigued you are with ancient civilizations, you may spend 2-4 hours here.

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