Hebrew Music Museum

Hebrew Music Museum, Jerusalem: Hours, Address, Hebrew Music Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Hebrew Music Museum
4.5
Monday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Museum has on display collections of original ancient instruments and proposes a fascinating tour that incorporates unique interactive content using hi-tech. Here you can experience the creation of this tradition in an exciting tour guided by "Grandpa Levy", an animated character who accompanies the tour with explanations and information about the instruments and liturgical and other songs from the various Diasporas. Grandpa Levy will take you on a journey full of experiences across the seven main Diasporas that were milestones in the creation of this musical tradition. Each Diaspora enjoys its own space, impressively and unusually designed that exactly complements the tour.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Anon
21,656 contributions
Lovely experience
Nov 2021
Had a lovely time at this small very tasteful museum. Solo visitors are given a tablet and over head earphones. The tablet screen is pointed at the various signs in the rooms, which are scanned and show explanations about all the instruments exposed, and samples of the sounds they make, together with videos and the playful guidance of Levi a comic personage. They also have enhanced imaging equipment which seems to be reserved to tour groups. Entry price is high (60nis) but the equipment works mainly and there are offers. It is suitable for young and less young, and you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it. Recommended.
Written November 5, 2021
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Ariel K
Jerusalem, Israel1 contribution
Excellent musical experience
Sep 2021
The building of the Hebrew music museum is ideally located in Jerusalem (near to the Kikar Hamusika (!), bonus to the delicious French macaroons I bought in the bakery literally in the museum), easy to access.

Our guide, Abigail, was very pleasant with all the group.
I was surprised by the very good detail level of her explanations.

As a musician, I thought that I will know a lot of things, but not at all! I discovered most of the beautiful instruments, and the notions needed to understand the use of the instruments.
Didn’t know from where is the origin of the word psenter (which means piano in Hebrew) until I saw a psalterion, which functions like a piano.
I learned notions in arabic: how to say two because we were initiated to an particulier instrument that can used as violin, or as drums.
At several moments, our guide gave us instruments and helped us to play them.
We improvised little concerts; it was a very good moment.

The VR of the second temple (Bet Hamikdash) is a must !

I was very satisfied of the visit, the team at the entrance was very professional.
Written September 5, 2021
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IndigoGrrl
Ness Ziona, Israel3,029 contributions
Should change their name to the Covid Museum
Aug 2020
If you care about health and safety, AVOID.

We were forced to abandon our pre-booked guided tour after 10 minutes due to unsafe overcrowding and lack of safety measures.

The docent (who refused to properly wear her mask) started the tour by herding all 20 participants into a tiny room to discuss Yemenite instruments. The subject was probably fascinating -- too bad I couldn't see/hear any of it: Our family filed out rather than be unsafely crammed into such tight quarters, but then we couldn't hear or see. The next room was more of the same -- many maskless or partially maskless people crammed into a tiny area.

When I asked our guide why they didn't operate according to govt health standards, she shrugged and said, "um, yeah, it's difficult."

When we complained at the front desk, the clerk (mask hovering somewhere near his upper lip) offered us a self-guided Tablet tour instead, but it really wasn't very engaging. Also, they let in too many visitors, it was impossible to properly keep distance from others as is required by law.

Disappointing waste of money and time.

Note: I have been to several museums throughout Israel during the current Covid pandemic, and all the others put in the effort and operated according to govt regulations -- temperature checks upon arrival, alcogel available throughout, and (most importantly) they kept the number of people low enough to ensure safe distancing, and had security guards remind people to wear masks properly if they weren't doing so.

This museum did none of those things. I guess they couldn't be bothered; nobody seemed to care.
Written August 17, 2020
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Noreenruth F
Karmiel, Israel66 contributions
return visit
Dec 2019
This museum is so interersting but several exhbitis could not be activated and my tablet had to be replaced in the middle of my visit.
Written July 17, 2020
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Imetastory
6 contributions
Rare fun for eyes and ears!
Feb 2020
Fun for the eyes and ears! This innovative museum design gives us access to unique and rare cultural instruments. The self-guided tour with iPads and earphones in English gave an really interesting and easy-to-use introduction to the instruments. Staff helpers Ethan and Ayala were warm and welcoming, helping people of every age have a hands on experience with actual instruments. These unique musical artifacts matched with gorgeously themed rooms designed to reflect each culture while a virtual tour gave a history on music in the ancient temple. I spent six hours in just six rooms and loved every minute. Ask Ayala the story behind the accordion!
Written March 25, 2020
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judithbJ9138IS
Tel Aviv District, Israel5 contributions
Family friendly for special needs of all ages
Dec 2019
What a special user-friendly hands-on place this is. We were not only given actual demonstrations of unusual instruments, we were also encouraged to try our hand at playing them. Our guide Bat-El, (Batya?) even got a number of group participants to try and make an impromptu concert! She explained the historical origins of various instruments and some came with a personal story. The building is beautiful, the displays very interesting. We enjoyed the personal attention we were given at each stop of the tour. We highly recommend taking the guided tour. For special needs children, ADD, ADHD we recommend letting them know in advance. They are very understanding and accomodating especially when they know with whom they are dealing.
Written March 23, 2020
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Izzy
1 contribution
Great!
Feb 2020 • Family
Excellent presentation!

Loved the interactive and social participation parts

Our guide, Eytan, was pleasant, patient, and took the time to answer questions from the young and old -each on their appropriate level.
He managed to keep the pace of the tour on schedule exhibiting outstanding time management skills
Of particular note was how he kept the interest of the young children without them getting bored

Would definitely recommend highly that visitors to Jerusalem come see this fascinating presentation
Written February 21, 2020
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Survivor1000
Montreal, Canada9 contributions
Family visit
Feb 2020 • Family
We had such a great time and learned so much through the personal guided tour. It was fun playing the unique instruments and trying out some of the VR equipment and trivia. Highly recommend!
Written February 20, 2020
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Scenic00374762356
2 contributions
Do not miss if you’re in Jerusalem!
Dec 2019 • Friends
What a pleasant surprise to walk into the Hebrew Music Museum. The architecture is stunning and each room has such distinct character to display the unique instruments. Our tour guide, Aviga’yil, was so knowledgeable and presented each instrument with such passion. Aviga’yil also showed sensitivity to the needs of our group and tailored her presentation accordingly. Would definitely recommend visiting the museum...even a time or two!
Written February 15, 2020
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robodocny
Cedarhurst, NY430 contributions
Very Enjoyable
Jan 2020 • Family
We went with two grandchildren

Tablets with headphones pointed at scan sites lead you around. No headphones below each 10. Instead the tablet speakers lead you around.

Staff were very friendly

This is an exhibit of 7 rooms of musical instruments divided by past culture of origin. Asia, Africa, Europe are all there. See fascinating old instruments.

There is also a virtual tour of the Holy Temple, highlighting the music as an essential part of the service.

Adults and kids loved it.
Written January 22, 2020
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Hebrew Music Museum is open:
  • Sun - Thu 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM


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