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.
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