Visit an Exquisite Archeological Park
You will find archaeological finds and displays from the First& Second Temple periods: the ancient city wall, the Temple’s staircase, a preserved ancient street, ritual immersion baths, and stores.
In addition, you are invited to visit the new museum in the Davidson Center! In the museum, we will get to know Jerusalem from different angles, the story of the Menorah, and the pilgrims in the Second Temple. You can also join a new tour of the museum and the garden.
Events at the Davidson Center
If you're planning on hosting an event and looking for a unique location with a professional and knowledgeable staff, the Davidson Center is the right choice for you. From private events, such as weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to conferences, product launches and ceremonies -this place hosts all kinds of events. As an extra value, you can also include in the program of your event educational activities and tours around the Old City and the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. Davidson Center can accommodate events of up to 1000 guests.
Davidson Center History
Davidson Center is home to some of the most intriguing and important archaeological finds from the Second Temple period. Researchers have discovered a wide and impressive street nearby the Western Wall. Apparently, this street used to be the area's main street and was visited frequently by pilgrims, tourists, and sages such as Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai and Rabbi Akiva. Walk the street's paving stones and immerse yourself in the story of ancient Jerusalem where thousands of Jews walked 2000 years ago, making their way to Temple Mount. Walking the street, you will also notice huge stones. These stones were knocked from the walls of Temple Mount and have been lying there ever since.
Another impressive discovery is a drainage channel which was found under the street, containing rare finds from the days of the destruction of Jerusalem. This channel used to be the place where ancient warriors escaped to, hoping to find shelter from the Romans. While you're there, explore the Southern Wall where you'll find an ancient staircase leading to Temple Mount. This is how the pilgrim entered the Temple.
In addition, the Davidson Center houses a museum with all of the site's most significant finds that were discovered during excavation work in the area. Some of these exciting discoveries include remains from the Byzantine period, proving the existence of Jews in Jerusalem during a period of time when they were not allowed to live inside the city. Another interesting attraction you will find inside the museum is a 3D model of Jerusalem where you can walk around, visualizing the pilgrims' experience - Temporarily closed due to renovations.