Israel Museum Jerusalem
One of the World's Largest Art Museums

The Israel Museum Jerusalem was founded in 1965 and is considered the largest one in the State of Israel and one of the world’s most important art and archaeological museums. It is located in Jerusalem Israel nearby the Knesset and many important government buildings.

It houses many collections of fine art and Jewish art as well as the largest holdings of Biblical and Holy land Archaeology in the world. It was thanks to generous donations from all over that in only forty five years this museum has achieved such a position. Its collection of objects representing all aspects of world culture, account to more than half a million.

The Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum

Inauguration of the fully refurbished Museum

In the summer of 2010, we witnessed the reopening of the Museum after three years of extensive upgrade of all wings of the 20 acre campus, featuring new galleries, entrance facilities, and public spaces.

The three year expansion and renewal project was designed to enhance visitor experience of the Museum’s collections, architecture, and surrounding landscape, complementing its original design by Alfred Mansfeld and Dora Gad.

Led by James Carpenter Design Associates of New York and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects of Tel Aviv, the project also included the complete renewal and reconfiguration of the Museum’s Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing, Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing, and Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.

The different wings for archaeology, fine arts and Jewish art and life are accessible through the new and remodeled entrance pavilion that enables visitors to follow the timeline from prehistory to current times.

Israel Museum Jerusalem with the Knesset in the background

Two offsite museums
The Museum also features two off-site institutions which are

  • Rockefeller Archaeological Museum displaying archaeology objects from ancient Israel
  • Ticho House located in the center of town offering ongoing programs of exhibitions for younger Israeli artists.

Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing

In this wing, donated by Samuel Bronfman and his wife Saidye, you will learn about the ancient history of the Land of Israel and the people who inhabited it for generations. It is considered the most complete holding of this type in the world.

It is organized in a chronological way to show all findings since Prehistoric times all the way to the times of the Ottoman Empire, enhancing it with artifacts and findings from neighboring cultures that complimented the culture of Eretz Israel, the most important being the Egyptian, Greek, Italian and Islamic cultures.

Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing

The Fine Art Wing, donated by Edmond Safra and his wife Lily, exhibits art from all across the ages in western and non-western cultures.

It includes European Art, Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Israeli Art as well as art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It also features photography, design and architecture and prints and drawings.

It almost doubled the space for all the Museum’s collections of art and it includes a fully remodeled wing of the Gallery for Israeli Art.

Three Piece Sculpture by Henry Moore Israel Museum Jerusalem

Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life

This wing presents materials encompassing the culture of Jewish Communities worldwide from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The Wing for Jewish Art and Life presents the material culture of Jewish communities worldwide, from the middle ages to the present day, and it provides a view of Jewish life, integrating its sacred and its secular dimensions.

The comparative display unfolds in five themes that highlight the individual and the communal, the sacred and the mundane, and the heritage of the past, and the creative innovations of the present.

The reconfigured wing includes a new Synagogue Route, unique to the Israel Museum, containing four synagogue interiors from the continents of Europe, Asia, and the Americas; a dramatic introductory display focusing on the Jewish life cycle that features singular treasures from the collections relating to the ritual ceremonies of birth, marriage, and death.

Night view of the Israel Museum Jerusalem

The Ruth Youth Wing

The Ruth Youth Wing coordinates all of the cultural education programs in the Israel Museum Jerusalem. Here, the goal of attracting the public to the Museum and the cultural values, knowledge, and beauty it embodies, prompts the birth of ideas and development of programs.

It is one of the largest and most prominent art education venues of its kind in the world. Many in the field of museum education travel here to draw on the Ruth Youth Wing's years of experience. They find a unique and magical place, which integrates professionalism with learning, play, and fun.

The Youth Wing's staff includes some 80 teachers, instructors, lecturers, and administrators, who share a common vision: to serve as a center for study and creation, which stimulates artistic and cultural dialogue and endeavor, inspired by the original works housed in the Israel Museum.

Israel Museum Jerusalem Hours

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesdays 4 pm to 9 pm
Fridays and eve of Holidays 10am to 2 pm
Saturdays and Holidays 10 am to 5 pm

Fri and holiday eves 10 am – 2 pm
Sat and holidays 10 am – 5 pm

Image Credits:
museum by adiel lo
museum by asaf
three piece by yair haklai

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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