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L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art

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Address: 2 Hapalmach Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: 972 2 5661291
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This museum features nine galleries that focus on the beliefs and art of...

This museum features nine galleries that focus on the beliefs and art of the Islamic civilization.

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Magnificent rare clock collection that deserves a wider public

It is of cultural, religious and political importance that Jerusalem contain a museum of Islamic Art. That said, during my short visit to Jerusalem, I did not get the impression... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Renee S
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Paris, France

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Paris, France
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89 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is of cultural, religious and political importance that Jerusalem contain a museum of Islamic Art. That said, during my short visit to Jerusalem, I did not get the impression that the museum was very well known, promoted or highlighted as a site for tourists. In comparison to the busy Jewish museums and Christian sites, there were only two other... More 

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Israel
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160 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum houses many interesting objects dealing with the Islamic rule of Israel from the 7th century until the 20th century. Whether jewelry, architecture, or written documents, the displays are very interesting and explanations are written in English.

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Thank VisitIsrael
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This museum hides one of the highlights of my trip to Jerusalem, an extraordinary collection of Breguet watches, including the famous Marie Antoinette which took 44 years to craft!! Sure, the Islamic Arts are nice, but go for the fantastic watch collection, unparalleled anywhere in the world (I've lived in Paris, New York, and London and not ever seen anything... More 

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tel aviv
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55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Jerusalem deserve a much more comprehensive Islamic museum. So you may want to specifically visit this museum for two reasons: the first is that you do not get another opportunity to visit Islamic museum and the second has nothing to do with Islam: it has an impressive clock collection complete with a video telling how a substantial part of the... More 

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Thank rnizan
Jerusalem, Israel
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

i live in the neighborhood and decided to visit the museum. I found it really interesting, from the jewelry collections to the embroideries and every day objects that tell you stories about the past, the people and the craft. The rare collection of clocks is truly unique, the small details in the design and the technological development.

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Cambridge, MA
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131 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Firstly, the Islamic Art exhibits are very good and I'm glad to see such things on display in Jerusalem. The extraordinary highlight of this place, however, is the glittering collection of clocks. Astomishing, mesmerizing... Go see it!

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Thank patisson
Jerusalem, Israel
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154 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

What a beautiful museum and it's small enough to see in a couple of hours or so. First of all the Clock Exhibit is not to be missed. It is simply spectacular and any description I could give would not do it justice. Not only is the display amazing, but each piece in the collection is a masterpiece. I saw... More 

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Thank Ellyn G
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I strongly endorse the positive comments from other reviewers. Not only does this museum have a stunningly beautiful collection, the accompanying text did an excellent job of providing context over time and space. It was a slow day and they seemed understaffed, so did not charge me any admission. I am sending a donation in appreciation.

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Thank GoGo54
Haifa, Israel
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48 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This small museum away from the Museum city in Givat Ram is worth a couple of hours visit. The small collection of beautiful ancient art and everyday items from the islamic world is accompanied by explanations and videos about the Moslem faith and history in three languages - Hebrew, English and Arabic. The highlight of the Museum is unrelated to... More 

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Thank Amos P
Ramat Gan, Israel
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A lesser known museum in Jerusalem, which you are likely to miss if you visit the holy city of Jerusalem is the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art. Albeit not listed along with the must-see sites and of lesser historic imposrtance than the world renowned Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa mosque, Western Wall and Holy Sepulchre- this... More 

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