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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.
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2013

In Jerusalem, across the street from the Israel Museum, is the Bible Lands museum. This museum takes you through the history of all of the lands mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Each room shows the parallel developments in many different lands during common time periods.

The exhibits are breathtaking and beautiful. Although the posted explanations are quite good, many people opt to rent a mobile, talking "guide." Each room of the museum takes the visitor though a later time period.

There is always a special exhibit downstairs at the museum. A few years ago, the exhibit was dedicated to the history of musical instruments. Presently (Winter, 2013/14) the exhibit is very special. It is the history of the many printings of the Hebrew Bible as well as the Second Testament. Bibles can be seen in Greek, Latin, Persian, Hebrew, Amharic, Syriac and many other languages. Many texts feature illuminated pages that are amazingly beautiful. It is not often that one sees books dating to the 1400's.

There is an elevator, a cafeteria, rest rooms, a coat room, a gift shop, and the very best and coldest water fountain in all of Israel.

Visited December 2013
3 Thank rebrapp1
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Haifa, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT MUSEUM of area's archeology”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

We visited yesterday and got a guided tour - in Hebrew - with Guy - an outstanding guide. They have now a very interesting temporary exhibition of Bibles (ancient books). Their permanent exhibits are outstanding, such as the first envelope (made of ceramics), ancient statues, tools, mummies, etc. All is explained in English and Hebrew and a very good audio-guide is available for free. The entrance is just 40 NIS =11 US$ - it is worth every penny. Following the exbition at this private museum teaches you about this area, how the Jewish people develoved and how many thousands of years ago they were leaving here already. Very interesting!

Visited December 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“If time permits, visit.”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Interesting, but not necessary to see. It covers the areas of Israel mentioned in the Bible through the ages with artifacts. Depending on your time, if enough, visit, otherwise other sites would be more interesting.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Susan B
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Museum with confusing directions”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

This museum was very confusing in its set up. We had an electronic guide (where you punch in the number and listen) only problem was is that there was no consistency throughout the museum. We had originally gone to this museum to see the history of the bible but nearly missed it because there was absolutely no guidance that revealed that the exhibit was in the downstairs area. We actually found it by mistake when we went looking for the rest room. Very disappointed with their lack of direction.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Tyme2trekk
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Warwick, New York
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2013

This museum features artifacts and wonderful explanations of events that took place during ancient times. An audio tour is available as well to further explain different exhibits. While visiting, the basement floor featured an exhibit on ancient scrolls and bibles from various countries throughout the world. It is conveniently located right across the street from the Israel Museum, so I would recommend visiting both museums while you are there.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Jessica C
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