We went to the Israel Museum on a Monday morning. We had already toured much of Israel, and were tired of ruins, and ready for a proper museum. The Israel Museum did not disappoint. The Shrine of the Book was first on our list. The exhibit was interesting, and did a good job at explaining The Dead Sea Scrolls. It was disappointing that the Isaiah scroll was not on full display. While understandable, it was still disappointing. After The Shrine of the Book we toured the archaeology wing. Deciding to join one of the guided tours through this wing was good idea. It is free, and we learned things we wouldn't have known had we been going through on our own. There was time enough in each section for us to browse, but still be within earshot of the guide. The archaeology section has some amazing pieces, and is worth going through. We were able to see some of the things that we had heard about while touring ruins around the country. It was so large we didn't finish it all, because we grew tired. The museum is much bigger, and we only did The Shrine of the Book and the archaeology. There are several art exhibits that we didn't bother with, because we chose to focus on what was most important to us. Know what you want to see before you get there, so that you do not waste any of your time. There are cafes throughout the compound if you get hungry or need a drink. The bathroom facilities are nice and clean. We stored our big backpacks at the entrance in a locker. With the amount of time we spent there, lugging a big bag around would have been a pain. It is worth the price of admission, and for me ranks up there with the British History Museum and the Smithsonian.
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