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Review of Israel Museum

Israel Museum
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Ranked #4 of 312 things to do in Jerusalem
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Comprising nearly 50,000 square meters and a six-acre sculpture garden, this complex features an impressive variety of collections from prehistoric archaeology to contemporary art.The children's wing is the most interactive section of this sprawling museum. There are special activities for kids during Jewish holidays and school vacations.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

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.

Thank Crystal T
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We visited the Israel Museum on a Friday (Shabbat eve) so the Museum had restricted hours (10:00 to 14:00). The entrance fee is 50 NIS for adults (about $13), 25 NIS for students and OAPs. Our main reason for visiting the Museum was to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. In a strange way we felt a little disappointed. The Shrine of the Book is a magnificent structure, shaped like the lids of the earthenware jars in which the Scrolls were found.
The Scrolls are housed in a large circular room. The centrepiece is a circular display case containing the unrolled scroll, some 730 cms in length, on which is written a large part of the Book of Isaiah. The disappointment for us was that this centrepiece is a copy, or facsimile, as it is termed on the display. Around the walls of the room are smaller cases containing original scrolls. In the basement there are original manuscripts from the 2nd Temple period and Masada.
The building is in semi darkness and air conditioned. The outside of the structure was even being sprayed with water to keep the display cool. We cannot understand why the Isaiah Scroll is the main exhibit and so nurtured and cossetted yet it is only a copy, albeit a very good one.
You could spend days touring the rest of the Museum. The Campus covers 20 acres. We particularly liked the wing covering “Jewish Art and Life”. Located in the Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery the exhibition entitled “Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews” is worth a visit. The Biblical and Holy Land Archaeology exhibit was also wonderful.

Thank Abrumar
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

they redid the whole museum, and i think it's spectacular. My husband, who hates museums, liked it. The archaology section is great, and we had a tour guide from the museum who was also good. (in english)

Thank sutrasil
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

This museum is small but very VERY good. Packed with an unreal assortment of objects you never thought it existed it gives the British and Berlin museums a run for their money and then some. Dome of the books will change your perspective on life.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

In the 1970's when I visited they only had the Shrine of the Book which housed the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Billie ROse Sculpture Garden. They added quite a few new buildings and major art works in a beautiful museum including an area which shows how the old city of Jerusalem looked and some paintings from old masters as well as modern Israeli artists.

Thank lorilimelight
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