Being Israel’s capital city and home to the Hebrew university, Jerusalem has many interesting museums to choose from. After visiting most if not all of the museums in Jerusalem, these are my recommended museums:
If there is only one museum you will see in Jerusalem – make it Yad Vashem.
“Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, is the Jewish people’s memorial to the murdered Six Million by the Holocaust. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Shoah education, commemoration, research and documentation.“
If you do wish to make your visit also a shaping experience, then a visit to Yad Vashem is a must. The only exception to this is if you are traveling with young children under the age of 12, in that case you’d better skip Yad Vashem since I find it to be a difficult experience for young kids.
Location: Yad Vashem is situated on Har Hzikaron in Jerusalem.
How to get there: Entrance to the site is via the Holland Junction, situated on the Herzl Route opposite the entrance to Mount Herzl and the descent to Ein Kerem.
Transportation: Buses stop at the top of mt. Hertzel - approximately a 10 minute walk from Yad Vashem. Buses numbers: 2, 13,16,17,17a,18,20,21,23,24,26,27,39,99, 6, 33.
Otherwise, a car is the best option. Parking is free.
Admissions: Entrance to Yad Vashem and the new Museum Complex for individuals is free of charge, and does not require prior reservation.
Opening hours: The Holocaust History Museum is open Sunday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Entrance is permitted only until 4:00 p.m.) Beginning October 20, 2005, the Holocaust History Museum will be open on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Entrance will be permitted until 7:00 p.m.). Friday and Eve of Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Entrance is permitted only until 1:00 p.m.)
Chagall’s windows at Hadassah Hospital
Chagall’s windows that are in Hadassa Hospital in Har Hatzofim are an extraordinary sight to see. Specially designed for Hadassa Hospital by Marc Chagall, the windows play with light and shade in a unique manner and are known all over the world.
No need to schedule your visit, just get there.
Tower of David Museum
A museum of the history of Jerusalem that is actually located inside citadel - the tower of david on the old city’s wall. It gives a good introduction of the history of this 4,000 year old city in a chorological order. The tower of David also hosts temporary exhibitions that approach the history of Jerusalem in interesting and original ways. In spring and summer months, concerts and performing arts take place outside in the courtyard.
Opening Hours (Winter hours, hours vary between summer and winter):
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00 , Friday: closed, Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
Admissions: 30 NIS for adults , 20 NIS for Student/Pensioners, 15 NIS for children and senior citizens
Special Family Ticket on Weekends: 80 NIS for couple and any number of children until age18.
The Israel Museum
The Israel Museum was founded in 1965 and is now the encylopedic museum of art and archeology for this part of the world.
Be sure to visit the shrine of the book where old Dead Sea scrolls are presented in a unique dome shaped building designed to preserve the right humidity level for the ancient scrolls. http://www.imj.org.il/eng/shrine/index.html
The Israel Museum website: http://www.imj.org.il/
Mon, Wed, Sat, and holidays 10 am - 4 pm
Tues 4-9 pm
Thurs 10 am - 9 pm
Fri and holiday eves 10 am - 2 pm
Closed on Sundays
Free entrance for all children Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-9 p.m.,
Admissions: Adult – 40 NIS, Child (5 to 18) – 20 NIS, student – 30 NIS
The Science Museum
A unique science museum especially designed for children. The museum demonstrates and explains all major science theories. A very nice experience for children as well as parents, and a good hideout for those very cold winter days and very hot summer days. From my experience - Children under the age of 4 will not find the museum interesting.
Address: Givat Ram, the Hebrew University, Rupin St., Jerusalem
Transportation: Egged Busses: 9, 28, or by car/taxi. Parking is Free
Monday - Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM
Closed on Sundays
Admissions: Adults – 28-30 NIS, Children (5-18) – 18-30 NIS, Children under the age of 5 enter free of charge.
Entrance fee on Saturday is based on the visitors’ good will.
More information on the museum website: http://www.mada.org.il/english/
Bible Lands museum
A very special museum which illustrates the cultures of all the peoples mentioned in the Bible - from Egypt eastwards across the Fertil Crescent to Afghanistan, and from Nubia north to the Caucasian mountains.
You will learn of the Philistines and the Arameans, the Hittites and the Elamites, the Poenicians and the Persians.
The Mesopotamians, the pyramid builders and the ancient Phoenicians are no longer with us. But the Bible, God's gift to Israel, is today found throughout a far wider world than of the ancient Israelites. The biblical vision became the basis of western civilisation and has shaped its history for centuries.
Address: Museum Row, 25 Granot Street
Adult - 32 NIS, Senior Citizens - 16 NIS, Student/Soldier/Disabled/New Immigrant - 20 NIS, Child (5-18) - 20 NIS. Children under the age of 5 enter for free.
Sun. Mon. Tues. Thurs. 09:30-17:30
Fri. & Holiday eves 09:30-14:00
Transportation: Egged Bus lines 9, 17, 24, 99