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“A gem”

Rockefeller Archeological Museum
Ranked #76 of 308 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: This museum houses the magnificent collection of antiquities unearthed during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948), featuring the remains of a 10,000-year-old man found on Mount Carmel and utensils from Stone Age cave dwellers.
Patchogue, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a small museum, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in content. It has lintels from the Al Aqsa Mosque, beams from the Holy Sepulchre Church, amazing fossil remains of early humans, &ancient vases & pottery. Plus it is open on Shabat.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank ekejdono
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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2012

Wonderful location just few blocks from Damascus Gate. Entry is free and filled with interesting artifacts reflecting that of a rich ancient history of the Holy Land !

Visited June 2011
2 Thank Carolyn B
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“1000000 years of history”
Reviewed April 26, 2012

Missed your history classes in high school? No problem.Come to this museum and in two hours you will have a retrospectiv of a million years.The main positive issue here is that the building housing the exibits was built with the sole purpose of becoming a museum.It was officially opend in 1938 and houses permanent exhibitions arranged chronologically.It begans from prehistoric period to the Ottoman period.In this way it unfolds the history of the Holy Land .You begin your tour by walking to the left and continue in a circular way around the building till you reach the entrance once again.At four different point you can leave the hall and rest in the inner court.
But not only the items are interesting.The building itself deserves attention.It is situated just outside accross the North-East walls of the Old City.It is very easy to reach it.It is named after the famous rich American Rockefeller junior.The building incorporates old and new,East and West architecture splendidly arranged.The building itself is one of the city's landmarks.Inside you can see the works of Erik Gill who sculptured 10 reliefs on the walls of the inner court.Only a handfull of other tourist arrived so I could feel the space and the hight of the museum.It was very much enjoyable.
And if you are a kind of a dreamer,after you finish the tour you can ask yourself again:How and when did civilisation begin on this beautiful Earth!
* entrance is free*
*no fee to take photographs*

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Kertesz
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“Beautiful building, the displays need updating”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

We were the only ones in the museum when we went there on a Wednesday late morning. It is a wonderful building and the content is exceptional, however the displays look tired and dated. So many incredible objects that are not properly displayed, a real shame.

Visited February 2012
Thank Coco58London
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“Nice museum”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Nice museum; would recommend visiting it in conjunction with visit to Israel Museum.

Visited February 2012
Thank hrtraveler
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