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Maccabiah 2017: Museum Admission Discounts!

Part of the Maccabiah games is experiencing the unique historical attractions and institutions that Jerusalem and Israel have to offer.

One often overlooked aspect of Jerusalem is the eclectic tapestry of museums ranging from the massive Israel Museum to charming and interesting niche museums like the Bible Lands Museum, LA Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, Bloomfield Science Museum and Hebrew Music Museum, to name just a few.

How to use your discount card? Your special offer booklet will wait for you at the room of your hotel. In order to get the offers please tear off your discount card out of the booklet, sign it at your concierge hotel (both in Jerusalem and around the country), add your Maccabia ID and show it at the sites counters. The discount card is a family card: valid for the Maccabia participants as well as for your families and escorts.

Throughout Maccabiah 2017, participants will be able to visit many of Jerusalem’s museum at a discounted admission price. Check out the complete list with the cost of admission below…

The complete guide of the Maccabiah 2017 events

Museums & Visitor Centers

Yad Vashem


“There are many museums in the world, but the source is here at Yad Vashem. This is the heart and soul of Jewish memory…”  (Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Elie Wiesel)

We invite you to visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as part of your Israel experience.

Admission to Yad Vashem is free.

Yad Vashem offers Maccabiah participants a special 15% discount on books at the Steimatzky bookstore on site.

Address: Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281988

Please note that on 4 July, the Museum will close at 16:00

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The Ramparts Walk


The Ramparts Walk is a wonderful way to do some serious sightseeing in Jerusalem. There are two types of walks: The Northern Rampart’s Walk and the Southern Ramparts Walk. It’s a great chance to experience Jerusalem from above, stroll along the clear distinction between the Old City and the new and modern Jerusalem, and view the most breathtaking sights. Note that the Ramparts Walk is not accessible to strollers and needs to be booked in advance. Remember to bring comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a hat.

Opening times: 9 am – 10 pm (closed on Fridays)
Cost: 16 ILS (Adult), 8 ILS (Child)
Contact: 072-3290703

The Tower of David Museum


Take your family and come to one Jerusalem’s most fascinating and interactive attractions – The Tower of David. The museum offers plenty of tours, exhibits and activities for the whole family. Here is the full list:

Visit the national heritage site of the Tower of David – a magnificently restored ancient citadel and one of Jerusalem’s most recognizable sites. With a treasure trove of archaeology dating back to the time of the First Temple close to 2800 years ago, the Museum shows the time line of Jerusalem’s history within the guard rooms of the fortress. If that’s not enough, enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Jerusalem from the top of the towers while you’re there!

Guided English Tours – The Tower of David guided tours are included in your admission fee, but  keep in mind that due to the popularity of this site, advance registration is recommended. Tours are given Sun-Thurs. at 11 am.

Guided Tours of Herod’s Palace – King Herod is known for his architectural contribution to Jerusalem. Climb his Tower, through the palace complex and discover the foundations of his unique palace.

The tours are included in the admission fee and you can join them every Friday at 10 am. Again, it is better to register in advance.

When: open 7 days a week, 9 am – 4 pm

Admission: 34 ILS (adult); 15 ILS (child)

Interactive Guided Activities

Castle Madness – A Roman Adventure – Discover the fascinating and multifaceted character of King Herod. Advance registration.

When: Wednesdays at 10 am

Cost: 55 ILS (adult) (not suitable for children)

The Amazing Race – Bring the entire family and enjoy in challenging activities throughout the citadel. Note that a minimum number of participants and advance booking are required.

When: Tuesdays at 11 am

Cost: 40 ILS (adult); 30 ILS (child)

The Lion and the Olive Tree – Join an educational activity for the whole family at the Tower of David Museum and discover the history to Jerusalem’s city emblem. Note that a minimum number of participants and advance booking are required.

When: Wednesdays 4 pm – 6 pm; Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: 40 ILS (adult); 30 ILS (child)

Combined Ticket to the Tower of David Museum and the Ramparts Walk – Kill two birds with one stone and get the combined ticket to cover the Old City Walls at once.

When: 7 days a week

Cost: 45 ILS (adult); 25 ILS (child)

The NIght Spectacular – An amazing audio-visual show which takes advantage of the ancient beauty of the Tower of David and combines modern technology with history to create a nothing less than a spectacular sound and light experience as the story of Jerusalem unfolds in breathtaking images on the ancient citadel walls. Make sure you book in advance.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Saturdays – 9 pm and 10 pm.

Cost: 50 ILS (adult); 45 ILS (child)

Contact: +972-723290715

Zedekiah’s Cave (King Solomon’s Quarries)


Explore ancient times and secret buildings at the most mysterious cave in Jerusalem which spreads over about 9000 square-meters beneath the Old City. Back in the days of King Solomon, Zedekiah’s Cave used to serve as a quarry for the massive stones of the Temple.

Opening times: Sun-Thurs: 9 am – 4 pm.
Cost: 16 ILS (Adult), 8 ILS (Child)
Contact: 072-3281217

Ammunition Hill

Come see the JerusaLENS! The Amuunition Hill is a memorial site commemorating the soldiers of the Six-Day War. A new exhibition in the place showcases 100 photographs that were submitted to a photo challenge and taken by Jerusalem lovers from all around the world.

Cost: Free
Contact: 072-3281861

The Archaeological Park and Davidson Center


The Archaeological Park and Davidson Center are home to some of the most intriguing and important archaeological finds from the Second Temple period. You will find the ancient city wall, the Temple’s staircase, a preserved ancient street, ritual immersion baths, and stores.

Cost: 25 ILS (Adult); 13 ILS (Child)
Contact: 072-3932801

Bloomfield Science Museum

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If you are science enthusiasts, or just looking for a great place to take your children to, check out the Bloomfield Science Museum. A variety of workshops, shows, and guided tours with an emphasis on ecology are given daily at the museum. There is also a 3D movie that you can watch for an additional cost of 10 ILS. Note that the museum in closed on Sundays.

Cost: 51 ILS; Free for children under 5
Contact: 072-3281844

The Herodian Quarter


Visit the Wohl Museum of Archaelogy and discover what it meant to be rich and famous, back in the Second Temple period.

Cost: 17 ILS (Adult); 9 ILS (Child)
Contact: 072-3932833

The Hurva Synagogue


The Hurva synagogue was first built in 1864 and later destroyed during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, and finally reconstructed and reopen just a few years ago. This synagogue is a symbol to the proud Jewish settlement in the Old City that was committed to establish a Jewish community in the city against all odds.

Cost: 17 ILS (Adult); 9 ILS (Child)
Contact: 072-3932825

The Hebrew Music Museum


Music has its own unique way of telling the story of a certain culture – this is the musical story of the Hebrew people. At the Hebrew Music Museum, you will explore antique collections of musical instruments from all around the world; learn about preservation techniques and the art of transmitting music from generation to generation; and discover the Jewish heritage through its sounds.

Cost: 42 ILS (Adult); 34 ILS (Child)
Address: 12 Yoel Moshe Solomon ST, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281976

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Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem


Get a discounted admission to all displayed exhibitions at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. Also, note that your ticket includes a 10:30 am guided tour in English on Sun.-Fri. so make sure you arrive early.

Cost: 32 ILS 16:00-21:30 and Sat. 10:00-14:00 with self activities.
Address: 21 Shmuel Stephan Weiz St, Museum Row, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281846

The Old Yishuv Court Museum Tours

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Housed in a 500-year-old beautiful building, the Old Yishuv Court Museum offers a look into the everyday lives of the members of the old Jewish settlement in the Old City. You will see newlywed photo-shoots, original Zionist propaganda wall posters called “Pashkevil”, and the even the tools of a standard shoemaker of the time.

Museum admission: 13 ILS
Contact: 072-3290748

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Tour: The Old Yishuv Museum, the alleyways of the Jewish Quarter and the Balabusta kitchen.  

Cost: 25 ILS
Contact: 072-3281976

City of David Tours

Biblical Jerusalem – Get introduced to ancient Jerusalem by discover the original locations from the Biblical stories and following in the footsteps of kings and prophets.

Where & When: Tours leave daily from The First Station at 10 am and 2 pm.
Cost: 60 ILS (adult); 45 ILS (child/senior)

From the City of David to the Western Wall – This new tour will take you back to the Second Temple period where you will walk in the footsteps of Jewish pilgrims and experience the true meaning of the pilgrimage journey.

Where & When: Tours leave daily from The First Station at 11 am.
Cost: 45 ILS (adult); 35 ILS (child/senior)

Segway Tour around Jerusalem – a modern and fun way of experiencing sightseeing in Jerusalem. Join this Segway tour and ride through a beautiful forest located at the heart of Jerusalem.

Where & When: Tours leave from The First Station. Sun-Thurs: 1 pm; Fri: 8:30 pm
Cost: 155 ILS (instead of 210 ILS). Book online to get the special price – click here.

The Emek Tzurim Sifting Project – Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become an archaeologist for a day and save important artifacts from the Temple Mount? Come and take part in an exciting archaeological project!

Where & When: Tours leave from The First Station. Sun-Thurs: 9 am – 5 pm. Fri: 8 am – 1 pm
Cost: 24 ILS (adult); 16 ILS (child/senior)

Contact City of David by phone: +972-(0)72-3281836

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Hallelujah” – The New City of David Night ShowWatch a unique audio-visual display which reveals the story of ancient Jerusalem projected on the ruins of the City of David.

Where: City of David, Jerusalem
When: Sun-Thurs: 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm. Advance booking is required on Saturday nights.
Cost: 65 ILS (adult); 49 ILS (child/senior)
Contact: 072-3281836

Jerusalem Time Elevator 


The Jerusalem Time Elevator offers a 2D journey into the deepest secrets of the city. An innovative multi-sensory adventure! Advance registration is required. Tickets include the “Time Elevator Jerusalem” film or the “I am Jerusalem” film.

Cost: 46 ILS
Contact: 072-3290718

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Menachem Begin Museum

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center offers museum guided tours (with advanced notice) that will take you on a fascinating audio-visual journey into the life of one of Israel’s most inspiring leaders – Menachem Begin. Tours are available in Hebrew with simultaneous translation to Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Russian and Arabic.

Cost: 21.5 ILS (adult); 17 ILS (students/children)
Contact: 072-3290724

Friends of Zion Museum


The Friends of Zion Museum presents another layer in the Zionist story and brings the heroic stories of the non-Jewish friends of Israel that stood by the Jewish people and supported Zionism throughout history. Join us for a one-hour tour and a unique multisensory interactive experience, found nowhere else in the nation! The museum exhibits, combine 3D technology, touch screens and more while combining unique and advanced elements, Accompanied by a moving original musical score that was developed especially for the museum. The tour is offered in 16 different languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and many more!

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 9:30 Am – 8:45 PM. Friday: 9:30 AM -2:00 PM. Saturday 10:00 AM – 6 PM. Tours must be booked in advance.

Cost: 35 ILS
Address: 20 Yosef Rivlin St, Jerusalem
Contact: [email protected]

Israel Museum


Your visit to Jerusalem will not be completed until you see the Israel Museum. Luckily, the museum has decided to give special discounts on entry tickets to Maccabiah’s participants. Your ticket will include free guided tours in English, French or Spanish. Moreover, participants get discounts on tickets to the “Live at the Museum” summer concerts which will be held during the days of the Maccabiah Games.

Museum Admission: 46 ILS (Adult); children can enter for free on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Concert Tickets: 145 ILS

Jerusalem Film Festival – Cinemateque

Get special Maccabiah discounts to the Jerusalem Film Festival which will be held on July 13-23 in Jerusalem Cinemateque.

Opening Event: 50 ILS (promo code: 7122)
Movie tickets: 40 ILS  (promo code: 7121)
*validation of promo codes will be available on the festival’s website from June 30, 2017.

The Burnt House – The Katros’ House

Found six meters below street level, this house is a symbol of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. This house is believed to be set on fire by the Romans when they stormed the upper city of Jerusalem. The artifacts found in The Burnt House tell the story of the Katros’ family, one of the wealthiest Jewish families at the time.

The place showcases a collection of artifacts from the Second Temple period.

Cost: 25 ILS (Adult); 13 ILS (Child)

The Chain of Generations Center

The Chain of Generations will tell you the story of the Jewish people through a fascinating multimedia show which combines music, sculpture, archaeology and light and sound effects.
Advance registration is required and admission includes a guided tour.

Cost: 21 ILS
Contact: 02-6271333

The National Library of Israel

Take a free tour in English around The National Library and see the world’s largest collection of Jewish and Israeli music, the world-leading collection of antique maps of Jerusalem and the Holy land, and a great variety of exhibitions with treasures from the library’s many collections. While you’re there, check out the Digital Library and get access to rare manuscripts, newspapers, and photographs. .

Cost: Free
Address: Safra Campus, Giva’at Ram, Jerusalem

The Temple Institute

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Visit the Temple Institute and understand once and for all the story of the Holy Temple. Discover reconstructed vessels from the Holy Temple, priestly garments, original oil paintings, a model of the Second Temple and more! Audio tours are available in several languages.

Cost: 29 ILS
Special discounts: 15% off gift shop products
Address: 40 Misgav Ladach St, Jerusalem

The Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art

Remember Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice? The Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art invites the Maccabiah’s participants to explore the heritage of Jewish Venice and understand the true meaning of a Jewish ghetto.

Cost: 15 ILS
Website: ijamuseum.org

Western Wall Tunnel Tour

Did you know that the Western Wall is actually much longer than what we see? Take this tour and explore a whole new world of 485 Western Wall meters underground!
Advance registration is required by phone only.

Cost: 30 ILS
Contact: 02-6271333

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