The Friends of Zion Museum
The Friends of Zion Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
About
Located in capital city of Jerusalem, the Museum brings these stories of Christian love and heroism to the world. Magnificently told using groundbreaking technology found nowhere else in the nation, visitors experience the unfolding story as though stepping back in time. Accompanied by a moving original musical score, fantastic surround sound, lighting second-to none and interactive displays that appear to come to life before your very eyes, the Museum is a once in a lifetime experience for audiences from around the world. Visitors enter a whole new world, where they meet the biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officials who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Li J
Dasmarinas City, Philippines72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Our friends told us to make sure we visit this museum. Luckily for us it was less than a 5 minute walk from our apartment. My mom, sister and I were led by an English speaking guide through all the different rooms and floors. I must say that this is one of the best museums I have visited as it used videos, 3D technology hologram-like presentations to narrate and show the stories of different people who have helped Israel throughout the years. It is an emotional journey as you literally see through the eyes and step in the shoes of these people. You also get to experience history up close. Wish they included Manuel L. Quezon there. He opened the Philippines to more than 1,200 European Jews escaping the Nazis in WW2. The last part of the tour is a surprise which you will surely bring home with you. Make sure you check the website for museum hours and rates (22 to 44 shekels per person, varies if you're a student, senior citizen, etc.).
Written January 14, 2020
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pgreenld
Chicago94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Recommended by friends - very unusual museum in Jerusalem, close to Old City. Must go on a tour in your chosen language. The museum is dedicated to the story of non-Jewish Zionists beginning in 19th century. Very informative and tasteful, telling a story that we did not know much about. Highly recommend this museum.
Written March 3, 2023
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Karen D
Tel Aviv, Israel146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
This time I went with a friend we were in a group of only the 2 of us This museum is different and very nicely put together .Our guides were very nice and the whole experience took about 1.5 hours Very interesting and a nice experience .I recommend spending some time in the Foz
Written December 3, 2022
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Stephanie G
Columbia, MD35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I did not like this museum. It was interesting as you are going through it but as one began to absorb it you felt like it was propaganda and not true to history. There was a narrative they wanted to impart and then took facts to force them into their story. For instance, Oskar Schindler did amazing work saving Jews but he didn't do it to pursue Zionism.
Written January 9, 2020
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KosherAndGlutenFree
New Jersey287 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This museum consists of a series of rooms which you are led through by a docent. You need reservations for the tour in the language of your choice.

The focus of the museum is the collection of nonJews who were interested in the creation of a Jewish state, often from the 1800s on.

To be honest, many of the historical figures cited are only tangentially related to Zionism, many you will never have heard of, and many are very forgettable.

In other words, this is a dose of propaganda with some cute technology.

One of the first rooms shows a film of various parts of Israel, and that was awe-inspiring, The rest is only ok.

If you have an hour to kill, especially in the rain, this is an ok destination.
Otherwise, there are more interesting things to o in Jerusalem.
Written January 6, 2023
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bit10
Jerusalem, Israel229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Close to the city center, a unique building with a story of its own and a different kind of experience.
Suites all ages from teenagers and above who wish to learn about the Israel & Jewish connection and bonds to people from all over the world since the times of the patriarchs.
Existing for all travelers as well as local Israelis!
Parking places near by if you arrive early morning.
Great restaurants near by.
Don’t forget to Book yourself before arrival.
Written May 13, 2021
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is new, it was my first time here. It is super high tech, had some electronic displays i had never seen before. I learned a lot, and I already know a lot about Israel. Very nice gift shop too, loved the harp key chains. My only suggestion is that they have more on the friends of Zion since Independence.
Written January 20, 2020
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Bassie
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Great experience. Wonderful presentation. Highly recommended.
How Israel from its founding fathers, until today including the hard en dark ages.
Surprised how Christians in the last century have treated the Jews and how they have empowered the rise of the nation in contradiction to the Middle Ages.
Written April 2, 2022
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DennisRogers
Johannesburg, South Africa633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
I thoroughly enjoyed this visit, its history of various aspects of the state and also various characters that played had roles in the establishment of the state of Israel, , and the different shows and way they were presented. there is an excellent gift shop and refreshment area and just down the road a Georgian restaurant that was superb.
Written June 4, 2018
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DanAtIDC
73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
It should be noted this is not really a museum in the traditional sense. The Friends of Zion is a political organization. It advocated for the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The museum does contain a lot of historical information. However, it also presented some controversial and subjective ideas as fact, and some facts appeared influenced by ideology. For example, there was a map of Biblical Israel.

There are different borders of Israel described in different parts of the Bible, but the museum doesn’t mention this. It showed a map of period where Israel contained the West Bank (when it also contained parts of Lebanon).

The presentation seemed to be a justification for the idea that Israel should retain all of the West Bank, without actually saying it. The idea that this land all belonged to Israel was presented as a a historical and religious fact.
Written June 3, 2018
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