Old Yishuv Court Museum

Old Yishuv Court Museum

The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court Museum is housed in a 500-year-old beautiful building at the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem. The museum allows us to take a look back into the everyday lives of the members of the Old Yishuv in Jerusalem. The Old Yishuv is the name for the Jewish settlement in Jerusalem, before the departure from the walls of the Old City.

This is an opportunity to hear the stories of the inhabitants of the Old Yishuv, displayed through their original belongings, objects, and tools.

These items come to life in front of the visitors and proudly tell the stories of their owners. We will discover stories about the struggles they had to face; stories of birth and marriage, happiness and sadness, and faith in God.

The tour and the exhibitions of the museum are interesting and enlightening for all ages and the whole family. 

Changing Exhibitions

Between the holy and the secular In the communities of Israel around the world, it is customary to dedicate religious artifacts to the elevation of the human soul. In the display, you’ll see various covers of the Torah’ scrolls – the religious artifacts that were donated for the sake of elevating the soul of a deceased. To be a child in the Land of Israel An exhibition that will take you on a journey through time following the children’s games of the 1940s at the Jewish Settlements in Israel. The Zionist movement regarded the children as the future of the Jewish people and plentiful resources were devoted to the education and well-being of the young. During the British Mandate there were many toys created for the children. Reading sets, posters, certificates, and many books – all these were created for the sake of the children and expressed the investment of Zionism in the children’s future. Moshav Zkenim – Stories of the Elders of Jerusalem 1840-1948 The exhibition follows the establishment of “Moshav Zkenim”, the first Retirement House in Old Jerusalem, and how it developed in the New City. It also represents the story of the Elders of Jerusalem in the years 1840 to 1948. The exhibition shows certificates, photos, a special video, special plates with dates of death from the Museum’s collection, and other fascinating exhibits. Events of the month and more details about the exhibitions >>

Opening Hours

Sunday-Thursday: 10 AM - 3 PM, Fridays: 10 AM - 1 PM


Entrance for one Adult: 20 NIS Child: (up to the age of 18): 10 NIS Senior citizen: 10 NIS Student: 15 NIS Holders of a "Jerusalem" card: 15 NIS Family Entrance Parents + children up to the age of 18: 50 NIS Groups (over 10 people) without a guide: Adult: 15 NIS Child: (up to the age of 18): 8 NIS Senior citizen: 8 NIS Student: 12 NIS Groups (over 10 people) including a guide: Adult: 22 NIS Child: (up to the age of 18): 14 NIS Senior citizen: 14 NIS Student: 18 NIS
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