The Israel Museum
The Israel Museum has achieved world-class status with its remarkable collections, spanning from prehistoric archaeology to contemporary art. These include displays of archaeology from the Holy Land, a comprehensive compilation of Judaica and the ethnology of Jewish people, and a fine art collection encompassing the Old Masters and renowned contemporary works. Perhaps the most exciting artefacts in the museum are the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date from between the 3rd century BC to the 1st century AD, and were famously discovered in a cave by a shepherd in 1947. Numerous temporary exhibitions, publications, lectures and educational activities form part of the museum's cultural programme, and over 950,000 visitors are drawn to this vast complex each year. Another great attraction of the Museum is its Art Garden, which was designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. It is a fusion of Zen landscaping, incorporating the natural vegetation of the area such as rosemary bushes, olive and fig trees. Displayed within this picturesque setting are the famous sculptures of Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, David Smith, Henry Moore, Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt and James Turrell. The Israel museum is impressive and has an extensive collection; you will probably require a few hours to explore it properly.
Address: Ruppin Boulevard, near Parliament
Telephone: (02) 670 8811
Transport: Buses 9, 17, 24, 24a, and 99
Opening times: Open from Sunday to Thursday, and on Saturdays and holidays, from 10am to 5pm; on Tuesdays from 4pm to 9pm (in August from 10am to 9pm); and on Fridays and holiday eves from 10am to 2pm.
Admission: NIS 50 (Adults), NIS 37 (Students), NIS 25 (Children aged 5 to 17). Concessions are available. Price of ticket includes audio guide. Volunteer guides conduct tours in English, Hebrew, French and Spanish (free with admission to the museum)