Israel Museum

Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Hours, Address, Israel Museum Reviews: 5/5

Israel Museum
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Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Comprising nearly 50,000 square meters and a six-acre sculpture garden, this complex features an impressive variety of collections from prehistoric archaeology to contemporary art.The children's wing is the most interactive section of this sprawling museum. There are special activities for kids during Jewish holidays and school vacations.
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2-3 hours
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Watchful26
Carlsbad, CA100 contributions
May 2022
We decided to visit the Israel Museum on the Saturday that we were in Jerusalem. We thought we might spend 1.5-2 hours at the museum, and we would plan the rest of the day on the fly. We walked out of the museum 5 hours later - 15 minutes before the museum closed for the day. What a place - its a must see!
Written May 21, 2022
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Harmonicaharold
Tel Aviv, Israel1,411 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
We visited 10 years ago and were shocked with how this has developed into a world class museum. There are so many superb exhibitions that after two hours it’s a good idea to take a break in the cafe or restaurant and then go back for fabulous more. As we live an hour away in TA, we will be back soon.
Written October 4, 2021
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Giora_I_L
Haifa, Israel6,186 contributions
Sep 2021
We took a 2 guided tours (free). One explaining the works of several painters form the nineteenth century (about an hour). The other one was explaining the cultures of the the Maya and Aztecs peoples (also an hour). Later we watched Jewish customs, restored synagogues from around the world, contemporary art works and finished at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. The visit took about 4.5 hours.
Written September 11, 2021
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Lily M
New York City, NY149 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
One of the most amazing museum with good written and good audio. Exhibitions are very organized and I highly recommend it!

However, the cafe staff are absolutely horrible the wanted to charge me 10 Nib (about $3!!!) for tiny bit of hot water in my OWN cup!! That’s just crazy! It’s really unacceptable and unheard of! And they are just too rude! Museum should change that!
Also I had to change my audio guide 3 times for it to work! These things really effect your overall experience.

Also echoing what other negative review mentioned, the museum and specially cafe staff were just a bit too aggressive and unfriendly.

The museum itself is amazing though and I hope the management provide more training for staff specially cafe staff! Hot Water is provided for free almost in all respected places all over the world!! That’s totally ridiculous to charge for this!
Written January 15, 2020
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Hello Tina, We are sorry for your unpleasant experience with the cafe, but hope your overall culturally enriching experience made up for it. Thank you for your report and we are taking the issues you brought up into our consideration. Enjoy your holidays in Israel :)
Written January 16, 2020
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Frank S
7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
First, I’m a museum professional, a museum director so I have certain expectations on how guests are treated. I don’t allow museum staff to close even 1 minute early, closing time is the closing time and not before. Also, I tell them to never kick out guests who are in an exhibit at closing time. The guests are why museums exist. We arrived late with only about 45 minutes to view the exhibits. I really enjoyed the exhibits I was able to see, but 12 minutes before 5pm the guards kicked everyone out of the exhibits. That robbed me of a very valuable opportunity with already limited time. NEVER close exhibits early. That’s unacceptable in the museum profession
Written January 12, 2020
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Jonathan B
Brantford, Canada29 contributions
Apr 2019
After spending two weeks travelling through all the archaeological sites that we could pack in (4 a day), it was great to go to the Israel Museum and see all the original artifacts that were collected from various digs. It was a great 1/2 day, and we could have spent more there... thousands of years under one roof!
Written January 8, 2020
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B T
London, UK841 contributions
Nov 2021
The museum is very good, with lots of interesting artefacts. You can spend all day in there.
My main criticism is that is it very difficult to navigate and the direction that you should take in order to view artefacts in a sensible order is often only realise at the end. They should paint markers or a trail on the floor for people to follow. The map they give you isn't very good which doesn't help.
The dead sea scrolls part was good, they do have parts of the original scrolls, but the main artefact in the centre is a copy, so I can understand why some would be disappointed. You only get to see a few small portions so it would be better if you could see more and if there was more information about them/where they were found.
Written November 21, 2021
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Bob G
Fuquay-Varina, NC67 contributions
Feb 2020
Wow this museum is not strikingly different from other big city art museums, it does have a couple of exhibits that are totally unique.

One of course is the Dead Sea Scrolls and another is the model of all Jerusalem during the second temple period.

There is also an interesting birth to death section where you can see costumes literally from birth to death.

We had lunch and a snack there and you should expect to pay somewhat higher than normal museum prices; but the food was good.
Written February 21, 2020
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A C
Florida54 contributions
Feb 2020
if you buy the ticket thru Trip Advisor it gets very confusing. When we got there nobody seemed to know anything. Finally after about 10 minutes and walking from here to there someone just let us in, Be sure you get your audiophones before you start the tour. Now, once you are inside, plan to come with time, there is lots to see and enjoy, it's quite a wonderful place. Glad we had the tickets since we did not have to wait, the problem was the logistics of where to meet.
Written March 4, 2020
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jacques144
Morganville, NJ4 contributions
Feb 2020
We visit the museum every year or two, and tend to take the 11 am English Archeological Tour. This time we had Micheal Loftus as the docent. While we have found past guides to be wonderful and very knowledgeable, Micheal was exceptional. He provided more context of what we were seeing, and also, given he is a docent at two other Jerusalem museums we have visited, was able to easily answer questions on how the exhibits relate to one another (e.g., on the derivation of the calendar).
Written February 12, 2020
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Israel Museum is open:
  • Sun - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wed - Thu 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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