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“gold and more gold”
Review of Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum
Ranked #35 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective. The core exhibition displays an extraordinary collection of ancient art and archaeology tracing the roots of monotheism from the dawn of civilization to early Christianity.The treasures on display represent the physical evidence of civilization and events described in the Bible. Traditions, rituals, religions, and cultures are revealed through ancient ivories, mosaics, jewelry, seals, terra cotta and stone sculptures. The magnificent cultures of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria and Babylon come to life before you.The exhibits feature the Assyrian ivories from Nimrud (circa 800 B.C.), sarcophagus of Julia Latronilla dated from the 4th century and an impressive collection of cylinder seals and scarabs.
Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“gold and more gold”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I visited the bible lands museum in jerusalem to see an exhibition of gold jewellery
This is not just old jewelery-it was produced up to 2700 years ago.. The items are pure gold.
There is a wide variety of gold jewelery and vessels from the ancient world.
a wonderful collecton Etruscan Fibulae
Beautiful jewelery from Greece and Rome
Belt buckles worn by soldiers in ancient China
Other artifacts From Mesopotania, Egypt, Persia and the Black Sea region
The display is excellent--what a presentation.
This museum is located close to the Israel Museum
There is much to see besides the gold
The museum is celebrating it's 20 th anniversary
Guided tours are available--excellent guiding

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Lionel B
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Journey into history”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

I visited the museum about ten years ago but this time I was attracted by an ongoing temporary exhibition called Gold in ancient times.The exhibition was super:gold artifacts from all over the ancient Middle East were arranged according to geographical areas and each item received a short explanation in Hebrew and English.The exhibition is situated on floor 3 where actually you descend.Elevators provide access to handicaped persons.Toilets are situated on each of the three floors.If visited on week days then a coffee shop provides easy snacks(kosher) and drinks.The museum has a patio where small events can be catered.
As about the permanent exhibition:pieces of unique value represent areas from Afganistan till Spain and from Caucasian mountains till Saudia Arabia.A wide variety of collections will make possible that even children might find something interesting .The artifacts are arranged chronologically.On the walls you will find quotations from the bible and all together the museum send a powerful message of peace around the three major religions.
The museum is conveniantly situated near The Israel museum and although a relativly small one, do not try to visit both of them the same day!
A huge parking lot for both museums is situated just in front of the museums.The museum is open on Saturdays too, from 10 to 2pm.The gift shop is not open on this day.Entrance fee about 10$ for adults.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank Kertesz
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“People CAN work it out !”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

People CAN work it out and live together - is the message of the Bible Lands Museum. This is a small museum -- accessible in scope and scale -- with a powerful message of peace. The collection reviews civilizations and art and 'ways & means' of the ancient lands in the Bible. It is a historical and cultural collection. What was most striking to us was the interplay and interdependence of these ancient cultures and the presence of artistic motifs in and amongst the very fabric of their interwoven lives. Was there war and hatred and racism? surely there was , but also in counterpoint there was artistic and economic and cultural sharing and interdependence. and so, there was hope then and hope now. Enjoy the Museum and take the docents' tours , who can bring antiquity back to life in so many informed ways !

Visited July 2011
2 Thank boundforglory
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Nice small musuem”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

If you want a history musuem that is small and intimate. This is it! The Israel musuem can be sometimes overwhelming. Nice gift shop, too.

Visited February 2012
Thank Michbrocco
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Went there with children, during the holidays the give special activities for children, which is very nice.
during the rest of the time - you can learn about the area and stories of the bible, I found it very interesting, and the price is quite cheep for such a museum.

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