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The Israel Museum, ranked among the world's leading museums, invites you to an outstanding visit with a unique atmosphere.

Absorb culture and art at the Israel Museum

The Israel Museum offers a variety of attractions for the whole family: the entrance ticket to the museum will allow you to wander through the international art garden and all permanent and special exhibitions currently displayed. In addition to world-class exhibits of great importance to art, archeology, Jewish culture, and art, the museum also offers exhibits for the whole family and activities for all ages during the holidays. 

The entrance includes a digital guide with explanations of the exhibitions and displays. A game app following a journey between Jewish communities worldwide will accompany visitors to the galleries presenting Jewish culture and art.

What awaits you at the Israel Museum?

Shrine of the Book and the second temple model

Shrine of the Book hosts exhibits among humanity’s most important archaeological discoveries: the Judean Desert scrolls. The scrolls are the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, written from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD. 

Next to the shrine is a model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple era, one of the fascinating additions to the museum. The model recreates the city in 66 AD, the year of great rebellion against the Roman Empire, eventually destroying the city and the temple. 

The International Art Garden

 The Billy Rose International Art Garden is considered one of the most beautiful sculpture gardens in the world. It was designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and it is a meeting point for different cultures - East and West, in front of the dramatic landscapes of Jerusalem. The collection of sculptures on display in the garden includes the works of Henry Moore, Menashe Cadishman, Pablo Picasso, Claes Oldenburg, August Rodin, James Turrell, and other leading artists. 

The Archeology Galleries 

The Land of Israel has been home to many people for about a million years. The permanent display of the archeology galleries in the museum is dedicated to these people and cultures, which serves as a unique display of the rich and fascinating local archaeological heritage. The archeology collection of the Land of Israel, displayed in the galleries, is one of the finest worldwide due to its quality and scope. 

The exhibition takes the visitor on an in-depth journey like no other along the path of the land’s history. This journey begins in prehistoric times – and ends at the beginning of the Ottoman period. Historical events that changed the face of humanity, cultural achievements, technological innovations, and artistic creativity are presented in the galleries through thousands of antique items, many of which are one-of-a-kind. In doing so, you can glimpse the lifestyles, beliefs, and perceptions of people of the land and its rulers in distant times. 

The art galleries 

The art galleries display artworks from Western and Eastern cultures from all periods. Their redesign highlights the connections between the works created in Europe from the 16th until the 19th century and between modern art pieces, including Israeli art, contemporary art, African, American Oceania, and Asian art, photography, drawings and prints, design, and architecture. The exhibition highlights the affinities and common themes between works from different times and places worldwide and common issues of human culture. 

The galleries for Jewish art and culture 

From the Middle Ages to modern days, the story of Jewish communities is revealed to the public through a large selection of holy and sacred objects in the galleries of Jewish art and culture. The exhibits were used by members of Jewish communities from many regions, including North Central Asia, Africa, Europe, and Israel. The artistic styles in which they were created and the different uses of the objects and materials reveal similarities and differences among the customs and traditions of Jewish communities. In doing so, they draw a rich picture of communities’ lives, in which individuals were intertwined with the community and the sacred with daily activities.

DISCOUNT for iTravel Jerusalem site users

  • Adult - NIS 49 instead of NIS 54
  • Children ages 5-17 -  NIS 24  instead of NIS 27
  • The entrance ticket grants entry to the museum only, and at regular hours (not on holidays, or for events and special activities)

Good to Know

  • You can download a free voice guide app for the permanent and changing exhibitions
  • The activity in the museum is suitable in any weather
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4.7
based on 15611 traveler reviews
  • Brian Reed
    Brian Reed
    September 25, 2023

    This was the most impressive museum we have ever been to! We enjoyed it so much we went twice during our time in Jerusalem! Thinking we were just going to see important Israeli artifacts, we were extremely surprised to...

  • Chris Neuman
    Chris Neuman
    September 5, 2023

    It's an amazing place! Delved not only in its own but all who inhabited and were near by. There was a great deal to see. If anything - start very early as you can be there all day! Free audio guide and roaming chairs incl...

  • Kym Kym
    Kym Kym
    September 28, 2023

    I can't believe I have lived in Israel for 27 years and it took me this long to visit this incredible museum. I felt connected to the powerful history of this important city in a way that I never had before. I needed mo...

  • Tim McKamey
    Tim McKamey
    March 24, 2023

    This is an absolute must see venue. The expansive, well documented display cases with adequate room to comfortably view and study. This place multistory so plan on several hours of enjoyment and learning. We need to go ba...

  • Basia SDS
    Basia SDS
    August 24, 2023

    Many expositions, occasional activities for children and nice garden. If you are not interested in particular exposition, but want to see all, 3 hours is not enough.

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