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“Beautiful Museum”

L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art
Ranked #68 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum features nine galleries that focus on the beliefs and art of the Islamic civilization.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is a small, fascinating museum in Jerusalem. It displays two collections – several rooms illustrating the development of Islamic art and one room of watches and clocks. The Islamic art rooms contain some stunningly beautiful pieces and provide a very clear and informative outline of the development of Islamic Art. The room of watches and clocks are from the famous collection of David Lionel Salomons – most of which were stolen 30 years ago and only recovered fairly recently - and provides a clear history of the development of time keeping, as well as displaying some very beautiful examples. Both the Islamic art and the watches are beautifully displayed in a way that is genuinely informative. The Museum itself was founded to cultivate mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs in the region and admirably succeeds in its purpose.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art is ironically very close to the Israeli president's residence in a beautiful neighborhood of parks, culture, and beautiful homes. The museum itself is very low key, but contains treasures if Islamic art that are well displayed with informative labels and explanations. I was attracted by the opportunity to see beautiful calligraphy, and was not disappointed. The big surprise, however, was a very powerful exhibit of artwork by Fatma Abu Rumi, whose paintings and short films protest the marginalization of women in Arab society. Try to include this place in your itinerary of Jerusalem.

Thank Ellen W
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

There is no shortage of historical sites and museums in Jerusalem, but every now and then you'll find a neighborhood gem that is a very worthwhile experience. That can be said of the L. A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art. While small, there are several collections that pack a punch. First and foremost is the timepiece collection. Nestled in a small, dark room, the collection is nothing short of spectacular. Because each piece tells a story, you can lose yourself for an more than an hour with the self-guided tour. On the same floor is the "Between Sorrow and Beauty" collection, which displays the collection of a feminist Muslim woman. This collection, too, is quite well presented and meaningful.

The rest of the museum gives visitors a glimpse of the Islamic art world and the Islamic world itself. While the other collections are seemingly sparse, one should keep in mind that this is but a taste of Islamic art and the mere fact that it exists in Israel so centrally is a testament to the desire for spreading of culture and peace.

This museum is not a 'must see' for short trips, but it's certainly recommend for those on longer trips. The watch collection alone makes it worth this price of admission.

1  Thank EMZEMZ
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Islamic Museum in Jerusalem is a well organized, well laid out museum with some fascinating artifacts. The fact that the museum is located next to the Israeli Bar Association and the official residence of the President of Israel is amazing in itself, as there are few museums for Islamic art and history throughout the Western world.

Thank greengalil
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

The museum is close to the center of town, adjacent to the President's Official Residence. The architecture of the building is tatseful. The Collection of Islamic art is patchy. The best part for me was the antique watch and clock exhibition which has nothing to do with Islamic art but has an interesting tale of theft and recovery. On Thursday evenings in late November and early December entrance is free and we attended an intimate concert of Islamic music in the small hall downstairs. This was very good.

2  Thank golouis99
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