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Jerusalem Museums

Those who like exploring a city through it's museums will be delighted by the city of Jerusalem and the Museums it has on offer.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum is a somber museum that must not be missed by any visitor; the Conegliano Veneto Italian Synagogue is a unique synagogue that houses some magnificent, Italian, synagogue-related exhibits, the Moses Montefiore Windmill contains a museum dedicated to the philanthropist who was responsible for building up Jerusalem in it's early days and the Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum. These examples provide a taste of how varied the choices of museums are in the capital city of Israel, Jerusalem.

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"And to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")…that shall not be cut off."  Isaiah56:5
Yad Vashem is Israel's main Holocaust remembrance and education center and is located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.
In 1953, Israel began the painful work of commemorating the Holocaust by setting out to document the experiences of Jewish people during the Holocaust so that future generations will never forget the atrocities that occurred.
In 2005 the new Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum was opened. It's shape is that of a prism that penetrates the mountain with nine galleries that relays the stories of Jewish communities before and during the Holocaust, as well as the events that led to the Nazis rise to power, their pursuit of the Jews, the ghettos the Jews were forced to live in, the Final Solution and the mass genocide. Personal experiences of victims of the Holocaust form the foundation of the exhibits. Films, photographs, documents, works of art and personal items turn history into something shockingly real for visitors.
On exiting the museum, the breathtaking Hall of Names memorial is passed through which contains over three million names of Holocaust victims that were submitted by their families. Visitors can still add to the memorial via a computerized archive.
Additional memorials and monuments in Yad Vashem include the Hall of Remembrance where ashes of the dead are buried and an eternal flame burns; Yad LaYeled is the children's memorial that commemorates the one and a half million children who were murdered in the Holocaust; the Memorial to the Deportees which features an authentic railroad car that was used to deport Jews to concentration camps; the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations features over 2,000 trees that were planted in honor of non-Jewish people who endangered their lives in order to rescue Jewish people from the Nazis.
Visiting Yad Vashem is heartbreaking, painful and highly emotional but is a truly meaningful and fitting way to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
How to get there: Buses 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24a, 26, 27, 27a, 28, 28a, 33, 39 and get off at the Mount Herzl bus stop.  The Light Rail Train has it's final stop at Mount Herzl and that is where you want to get off. For those driving, the entrance is via the Holland junction, which is situated on the Herzl Route, opposite the entrance to Mount Herzl and the entrance to Ein Kerem.
Cost: Free

The Israel Museum is ranked among the best museums in the world due to its rich exhibitions made up of artifacts, ancient documents and Israeli art. In 2010 the museum underwent a huge face-lift and visitors continue to be spell-bound by this museum.
One of the most significant changes was the work done on the Shrine of the Book, the dome-shaped monument that is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found in Qumran in 1946 and are, until this day, one of the best-preserved Judeo-Christian texts. The Shrine of the Book is itself a magnificent structure that abstractly represents the fabled war between the Son of Light and Sons of Darkness, as portrayed in the texts. Two-thirds of the Shrine is submerged in water.
The Aleppo Code, a tenth-century Bible that is believed to be the oldest existing Bible, is another fascinating artifact that should not be missed.
Audio guides are available at the Shrine of the Book in multiple languages and the information provided ensures a deeper appreciation of the displays. It should be noted that photography is forbidden at the Shrine.
The Second Temple model is another attraction- a reconstruction of the city of Jerusalem before the Great Revolt in 66 CE.
The art exhibitions in the Museum are also fantastic, with the largest collection of Jewish art in the world on display including artifacts that provide a cultural aspect to the rich history that is portrayed through the pieces of art.
Lastly, the Billy Rose Art Garden, a Japanese garden containing pieces of some of the best artists and sculptors and is worth a slow walk through.
How to get there: Buses 9, 9a, 17, 17a, 24 and 24a will get you to the Museum which is located in the Givat Ram neighborhood, near the Knesset/Israeli Parliament. For those driving, enter Abraham Granot Street on your GPS.

The Tower of David Museum contains fantastic exhibits that deepen one's understanding of Jerusalem and is itself a part of the city's living history, with walls that have been standing for almost five centuries, built by King Herod and the spire that stands over it became recognized worldwide as a symbol of Jerusalem after the British General Allenby marched under it when he marched into Jerusalem in 1917.
There is a magnificent view of old and new Jerusalem from the very top of the tower that the Museum is named after. The exhibits include films and dioramas that help to illustrate the complexities of the truly unique city of Jerusalem. Each ancient room displays a different period- making sense of four-thousand years of history for the visitors. Each doorway has a view of the central courtyard of the citadel where remains from the Maccabees to the Middle Ages have been unearthed. Multi-sensory exhibits are also held in the unique museum space and private functions can also be held.
How to get there: Located next to the Jaffa Gate in the Old City

The Moses Montefiore Windmill stands in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem, a quaint suburb facing the western side of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Windmill was erected in 1857, stands eighteen meters high and is one of  the most popular landmarks outside the Old City.

Sir Moses Montefiore was an Anglo-Jewish philanthropist who built the Windmill in an attempt to provide employment for the poor Jewish population of the city. The Windmill and two sets of houses that he established were effectively the first Jewish Quarter outside the walls of the Old City. The Windmill was, in it's time, ultra-modern and was used until steam-powered mills made it out-dated. In the War of Independence the Moses Montefiore Windmill served as an observation point for Jewish fighters and was blown up by the British authorities in an attempt to hinder the Israeli defense.

The Windmill was restored by the Jerusalem Foundation and was converted to a very popular museum dedicated to the life of Sir Moses Montefiore. The houses he built  form a Jewish Artist's Colony, including a music center and guesthouse.

Cost: Free

The Conegliano Veneto Synagogue, together with the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, is located in the centre of Jerusalem and among the many wonderful exhibits in the small museum; one can see the oldest surviving Torah curtain/parochet which dates to 1572.

Conegliano is a small village in Italy that first had a Jewish presence from the year 1397; by the seventeenth century the Jewish community was confined to the ghetto. The new synagogue in Conegliano was built in 1701 and was used up until the First World War. In the fifties the synagogue was taken apart and sent to Israel where it was re-erected on the second floor of the German Compound, where it still stands today. The Compound was formerly a Catholic Compound, until they moved elsewhere and it was used by the Italian community for weekly prayer services. The synagogue is used until this day by the local Italian community.

Opposite the synagogue is the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art that is comprised of four exhibition rooms which are full of Jewish Italian Heritage artifacts such as doors of a Torah Ark, a fifteenth century stone tablet, Hanukkah Candelabra, Ketubot, Torah crowns etc.

How to get there: By Bus: Any bus to downtown Jerusalem. Walk down Rehov Hillel from King George and you'll see a courtyard on your left at #27. Walk inside the courtyard and you'll see a sign on your left. The Museum is up one flight of stairs. By Car: Make a right off of King George onto Rehov Hillel. Paid parking is available and there's public parking at the bottom of Rehov Hillel.

Cost: Adult 20 NIS, Child 15 NIS

The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum is an architecturally impressive museum, located in a landmark building in East Jerusalem. The Museum contains an extraordinary collection of antiques that were mostly unearthed during the time of the British Mandate.

The thousands of artifacts in the museum are arranged according to chronological order, from prehistoric times to the Ottoman Period from multiple sites in Israel. The story of the Rockefeller Museum is told in an illustrated booklet, available in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

If you visit during the winter months be sure to  wear warm clothing because the Museum is not heated.

How to get there: Bus #1/2

The Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum that raises diverse issues for discussion with the goal of impacting public dialogue. There are changing exhibitions at the Museum that give over statements concerning human rights and highlight the thin line between personal and national identity and social, ethnic and religious differences in local and universal contexts.

The Museum aims to address the social reality in the regional conflict, to advance dialogue and to encourage social responsibility based on the similarities between us. The Museum provides an interactive experience that offers thought-provoking experiences.

How to get there: Buses # 2, 5, 10, 13, 48a, 49, 173, 174

Cost: Adult 25 NIS, Student/Senior Citizen/Soldier 20 NIS

The L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art is one of the leading collections of Islamic art and antique watches and clocks. It was founded by the late Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons who viewed the giving of expression to Israel's Muslim neighbors as something of great importance. The Museum is a tangible attempt to bridge the gap between cultures and has been since it’s opening in 1974.

The watches and clock collection is made up of over 180 watches and clocks that belonged to Sir David Salomon. Ground-breaking Breguet clocks are among those displayed in this magnificent collection.

The permanent collections at the museum represent the various periods of Islamic rule between the seventh and nineteenth centuries with different styles from different dynasties on display.

How to get there: By car, from the city's entrance go straight and count eight traffic lights, pass Sacker Park and Valley of Rehavia on your right, at ninth traffic light turn left onto HaPalmach Street, continue straight until the end and the museum is at the end of the street on your left. Bus 13 from Central Bus Station or 9, 19,22,31,32 stop on nearby Aza Road.

Cost: Adult 40 NIS, Police, Student, Soldier 30 NIS, Children, Senior 20 NIS

The Bible Lands Museum is amazingly the life-long collection of a single man, Elie Borowski who established this museum in Jerusalem and thus enabled thousands upon thousands of locals and visitors to enjoy this magical journey of Biblical heritage.

The open-design of the museum makes the visit very comfortable and pleasant, with each airy gallery exploring different aspects of Biblical heritage and the Bible lands. Quotes from the Scriptures that are peppered around the museum help visitors understand how biblical characters and the land of Israel are deeply rooted in the myriad cultures and faiths that spread out over the ancient Middle East.

A visit to this magnificent museum leaves one with an understanding of how the Bible has influenced Western civilization and world events at large. There are enrichment programs and special programs held at the museum as well as Saturday-night concerts.

How to get there: Buses 9, 17, 24, 99

Cost: Adults 40 NIS, Seniors 20 NIS, Students/Soldiers/Disabled/New Immigrants 20 NIS, Children 20 NIS


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