The Masada Museum

The Masada Museum, Dead Sea Region: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Masada Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Masada Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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4.5
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Amanda L
United States2 contributions
A must see!
Sep 2018 • Family
What an experience! I definitely recommend visiting the museum at the bottom first before taking the cable car to the top. This place really is a must see if you are visiting Israel!
Written August 3, 2019
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Constance H
Halifax, Canada122 contributions
Second Visit and still amazing
May 2019 • Couples
The true story of this amazing place will bring a tear to your eye,,,make sure to read the book THE DOVE KEEPERS before the visit as it will enhance your experience tenfold.
Educational, interesting absolutely one of the most awesome experiences. Be prepared to walk the site and in the heat this can be challenging but well worth the effort!
Don't miss out on this one....in the very top of things to see in Israel.
Written July 2, 2019
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,795 contributions
Museum Gives You More To See
Mar 2019 • Couples
The museum fills in some things that you may question up on Masada. This is a nice museum but you could miss it if you are in a hurry and think that the visitors center and the mountain are all that is here.
Written April 29, 2019
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,078 contributions
Impressive but overlooked
Mar 2019 • Solo
The Masada site itself is so imposing, towering over the surrounding area, that it's easy to miss the museum near the visitors' center. The museum itself is artistically presented, with cast metal figures in darkened rooms where artifacts from Masada are displayed in lit cabinets. The artifacts themselves are incredible, and include objects of daily living like amphorae and cooking utensils, coins, weapons, clothing and, most incredibly, the ten shards of pottery with the names of Jewish rebels on them that the rebels used to determine who would have to kill each other as part of the mass suicide that ended the siege of Masada. I only had a few minutes to walk through this museum, but would have loved to have an hour or more to see everything here.
Written March 31, 2019
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,273 contributions
Remnants of history
Jan 2018 • Friends
Travel back in time 2,000 years, when a grand fortress constructed for Roman puppet “client king of Judea” Herod is found overlooking Dead Sea on the northeast hillside of Masada, recognized as the symbol of Jewish freedom. Masada was the last stronghold of about a thousand Jews fleeing Roman persecution in Jerusalem. Recall biblical tales of Herod ordering annihilation of male children under age 2, around the time Jesus was born? (Herod died around the year 4 BCE, and there’s no concrete evidence of the year in which Hebrew-born Jesus arrived.) The Romans constructed an earthen siege ramp to the base of the western side of the Masada plateau. The night when the ramp was completed and facing annihilation the next day, 960 Jews committed mass suicide rather than be tortured to death by Roman soldiers. Perhaps they are the people who placed the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran Caves nearby.

The museum is divided into three topics: Herod, the Jewish Rebels who sacrificed their own lives, and the Roman Army that constructed the siege ramp. Many of the exhibits contain ancient artifacts, others are replicated. Be sure to take advantage of the audio guide. This is one of the most phenomenal aspects of history too often overlooked in Western culture.
Written December 30, 2018
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rcaldin
Los Angeles, CA700 contributions
Back in time
Nov 2018 • Friends
The western palace of king herod, the beauty of this site is it is original in that other sites were not built on top of it.

Taking the cable car to the top you can see the importance of this location and the Roman camps at the base.

Enjoy a nice 7 minute movie before exploring the facility
Written November 5, 2018
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Tristan S
Aalborg, Denmark3,097 contributions
Skip the Fortress if pushed on time but don't Miss This
Oct 2018 • Couples
Another superb Audio guide arrangement, best one to date. The tour through the museum is arranged in chronological order, explaining in detail the exhibits excavate at the site, their relevance to the society, background to rebels, the blodfy battles for the fort, rise and fall of Civilizations, the lot. Absolut The Place to fully understand the significance of Masada.
Written October 22, 2018
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Beryl B
Box Elder, SD261 contributions
‘You are here’ experience
Oct 2018 • Couples
You walk through dark rooms with stories to read that explains and illustrates the history and life surrounding Masada. Also includes its research. This includes audio tour headphones. Gives good overview before exploring the ruins on top.
Written October 11, 2018
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Karl-Heinz H
1,740 contributions
Great excavations and impressive in it’s history
Oct 2018 • Couples
I have been there twice in the last years - surprisingly they added new archeological exhibits to it. We did it with a tour guide, but you can rent an audio tour roo, which is very comfortable, if you want to dig in to history and do it by your own in your own pace
Written October 5, 2018
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Aloha3
San Diego, CA108 contributions
Don't miss this!
May 2018 • Couples
Great museum with wonderful audio. Rooms portraying the different stages of Masada's history, filled with fascinating artifacts...especially the shards with names written on them...possibly the real ones used to decide who would be the last one alive? Don't miss this!
Written May 26, 2018
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