The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is undisputedly the largest and most important museum of the country. Anyone who travels to the Holy Land and wants to learn about its history and culture should not miss a visit to the museum.

The National Museum is located in the western part of Jerusalem in the Givat Ram district. It is one of the leading international museums for fine arts and archaeology and consists of four different departments: the art department, a department for Judaica and Jewish ethnography, an archaeological department and a youth department. Due to this diversity, which covers an area of about 50,000 m2, it is not surprising that the museum is visited by more than 950,000 visitors annually.

In addition to the countless historical legacies of the Holy Land on display, the building’s individual architecture is another highlight.

Shrine of the Book 

The Shrine of the Book is probably the most striking building of the National Museum. The building, whose roof mimics a clay jar, houses originals and copies of important ancient scrolls of the Old Testament.

Model of Jerusalem 

In the museum’s outdoor area, you can see a miniature replica of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple, before its destruction by the Romans in 66 AD.

Seeing the model gives you a good idea of how Jerusalem was built at that time.

Billy Rose Art Garden 

Another highlight is the famous Billy Rose Art Garden.
Strolling through the oriental landscape adorned with 20th century outdoor sculptures, you can experience the history of the development of the Western sculptural tradition up close.  

Ruth Youth Wing  

Young visitors also get their money’s worth during a visit to the Israel Museum. The Ruth Youth Wing is dedicated to art education and offers age-appropriate exhibition spaces and studios as well as special programmes regarding intercultural understanding for children. 


Not everyone knows that the Israel Museum has two other branches. One is the Rockefeller Archaeology Museum. It exhibits an important collection of relics from ancient Israel, and the Ticho House.

In the latter, changing exhibitions of young Israeli artists can be admired. Both cultural institutions are definitely worth a visit. 

Address of the Israel Museum:

Opening hours:

Every day from: 10:00 – 17:00
except Tuesday: 16:00 – 21:00 and Friday : 10:00 – 14:00

Thanks to the Israel Museum for providing the pictures.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on print
Share on email

More To Explore