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“Worth a visit if you enjoy contemporary art”
Review of Museum on the Seam

Museum on the Seam
Ranked #122 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum located in Jerusalem. The Museum in its unique way, presents art as a language with no boundaries in order to raise controversial social issues for public discussion. At the center of the changing exhibitions in the Museum stand the national, ethnic and economic seam lines in their local and universal contexts.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Actually most of the pieces in the 'flesh and blood' exhibition were not particularly effective, but some were clever and thought provoking. Nevertheless, it is a great building, interesting site, and a good roof terrace with cafe

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This Museum was horrible! Really a big waste of time and money. The entry fee is 30 NIS, like a regular museum. The Museum is a total of 4 floors, but there are a maximum of 8 pictures in total and 3 short videos of about 3 minutes each!!! They have an exhibition that sounded amazing: Flesh and blood, about the human relation with animals. But really, it was just some gory "art", two canvas painted with blood and paint.... I'm really very interested into contemporary and experimental art, but really, this exhibition was just disgusting. So take my advice, there are so many interesting things to see in Jerusalem, that you could use your time much better in any other place.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Really good museum. We enjoyed anspecial exhibition about the way humans treat animals. It was a nice combination of different art forms (paintings, photographs, video, sculptures etc). The artworks were skilfully placed in the building. We had lunch on top of the museum. The lunch was simple but good, the scenery wans really good however. Do go here. We will definitely return.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The Museum on the Seam is a small, private museum situated on the "seam line" between East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem, about a 10 minute walk from the Damascus gate. Formerly an architectural gem built by a well-to-do Palestinian family, the building served as an army post before 1967. The current museum, headed by Israeli artist Rafi Etgar, is a combination of bullet-ridden exterior walls, unusual indoor spaces and an amazing rooftop view. Exhibitions at the museum are always centered around a theme, presenting the best of contemporary art from all over the world in a truly inspirational fashion. The current exhibit is called "Flesh and Blood" - a thought provocative and excellent art display centered around the troublesome relationship between humans and animals. The musem thus carries on its mission of dealing with social and political issues through art, and that includes an ongoing invovement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the idea of co-existence.
In my view this is the best small museum for contemporary art in Israel, and although somewhat off the beaten tourist track, well worth a visit. The Jerusalem LIght Rail has a stop right in front of the museum and there are numerous other attractions within a few minutes walking distance.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The museum of the seam is famous not only for its very interesting exhibitions, which often deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also for the tragic history of the lovely house in which it is located.

The house was designed and built by Palestinian Christian architect Andoni Baramki. In 1948 he and his family were forced to flee in search of temporary safety during fierce fighting. The house stood on the seam line between Israeli and Arab forces for some time; this is why its facade bears the pockmarked scars of bullets, and how the museum got its name.

In 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the Baramki family who had sought refuge there came back and tried to move back in their home, however they were prevented from doing so by Israeli authorities. Everyone in Jerusalem has heard the story of Andoni Baramki, who would stand in front of his house for hours every day, as he was forbidden to set foot inside. After his death, his son did the same and was featured in an Israeli documentary about Palestinian houses in Jerusalem.

Despite its tragic history, the place is well worth visiting both for the very interesting exhibitions featured and of course, for the house itself.

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