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“Small, but interesting”

Rockefeller Archeological Museum
Ranked #82 of 304 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Small, but interesting”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is a small museum in East Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate. It dates from the British Mandate period. The museum needs to be updated a bit, but the collection itself is interesting. The building itself is an interesting octagon design, and there is a nice central courtyard.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank RivaK
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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lots of finds”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

This british museum is a relic to the british explorers of yester year. They dug up lots of stuff. It is helpful when I study. The building is interesting.

1 Thank mindy g
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Kfar Saba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“See it if you are an archeological fan”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This museum is interesting because it is set in the eastern part of Jerusalem. This would not be your first pick for a museum (most tourists would go for the new Israel Museum in the center), but this one has a charm to it.
First, the place is interesting. The building itself was used as military central command when the IDF went into the old city (in 1967, the 6 day war) - towards the western wall.
Once inside, you can see proof of the shells that exploded - part of the walls were kept with holes from the war.
The exibits are nice as well. I think up to 2 hours is more than enough - but you can spend around 2-3 hours just looking all over (many rooms).
Also, the place is free - which is a rare site :)

Thumbs up for this great museum - go see it!

Visited September 2012
4 Thank alon_landau
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Beautiful architecture”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We went on a Saturday morning when there is no entrance fee. The architecture of the building is stunning and would befit a great archeology museum. Unfortunately they have not finished cateloging the collection which was very frustrating. When we saw something that we wanted more information about there was no way of finding it.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank ShiraNatanya
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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Interesting but poorly catalogued”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Just spent 3 hours at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem. It is a very pretty and clean museum with some awesome archeology. It has the original Gezer Inscription, which is pretty neat. The small pottery is poorly displayed. The numbers of the objects are all over the place. The printouts don't match up and the numbers are out of order.
Good museum if you love archeology.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank hufsha
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