The Tower of David Museum

The Tower of David Museum

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The Tower of David Museum is one of the distinct symbols of Jerusalem that represents thousands of years of history.

 You can visit the museum, experience changing exhibitions, and watch spectacular shows throughout the year. In addition, the museum hosts cultural events, tours, and unique art exhibitions.

The activities at the Tower of David are suitable for Israelis and tourists of any age, regardless of religion, race, gender, or nationality. They give visitors an unusual experience through which they can get to know, learn and understand the city's long and fascinating tale. The Tower of David Museum and its impressive archaeological findings unfold the story of the city over three thousand years of history. 

The mysterious and impressive Kishle building, located next to the citadel, provides visitors with a glimpse of selected chapters in the city's history, such as the stories of Hezekiah's wall, Herod's palace, the Ottoman walls, and the British detention center. The ancient and beautifully restored citadel stands at the main entrance to the old city, Jaffa Gate, which carries a deep symbolic meaning between ancient and modern Jerusalem even today.

New in the museum

Currently, the museum is being renovated, and this is an excellent opportunity to look at an exciting historical process in the citadel courtyard. The visit to the museum now includes two tracks in the open air along the archaeological yard, the Kishle, and a spectacular 360° view of the city from the Patzael Tower. An audio guide accompanies the tours. Unfortunately, at this stage, due to the renovation of the complex, the tracks are partially accessible to wheelchairs. 

Jerusalem from a bird's eye view: Join a new tour that will take you on an adventure within historical models that present Jerusalem's timeline. The new tour will allow is an open-air tour through the spacious citadel courtyard and invites visitors to get to know Jerusalem and discover how it has changed throughout history. The tour includes unique historical models of Jerusalem that describe the changes in the capital over thousands of years. Among the models, you can find a large, rare, detailed model of Jerusalem in the 19th century inside a 1500-year-old cistern. Along the tour, you will stop at points of interest and remains from different periods discovered in archaeological excavations in the citadel. 

Admission includes an audio guide and disposable headphones. 

The mystery of Herod's Palace and the Kishle: A new tour that invites visitors to a fascinating journey into Jerusalem's past. Come and observe the significant events and stories that shaped history; A journey beginning in the citadel complex and continuing to the trench complex and the Kishle. In 1999, the Antiquities Authority carried out an extensive archaeological excavation in the Kishle and revealed the city's secrets from the days of the First Temple to the present day. Now the site is open for independent visits for the first time. The tour passes through the remains of King Herod's palace, a Jewish factory from the Middle Ages, and the detention center in Kishle. It includes rare findings, fascinating stories, and testimonies. Admission includes an audio guide and disposable headphones.


The night shows at the Tower of David 

The night shows at the Tower of David are a multi-sensory, breathtaking experience of sights and sounds. The citadel's walls and the archaeological remains in its courtyard are used as a setting for an impressive performance, unfolding Jerusalem's historical story using cutting-edge technologies and original music. The show "King David" reviews King David's history intertwined with Jerusalem's history and tells the story using innovative technology. 

The show is an immersive and spectacular journey within the great historical drama of King David - builder and founder of Jerusalem. The show "The Night Vision" is a powerful and experiential audiovisual show like no other that tells the story of Jerusalem with pictures and images projected on the ancient walls, the archaeological ruins, and the hidden paths of the citadel. The night vision and the King David show are for speakers of all languages. The shows are shown twice a week as of this moment. 

An entrance ticket to the museum does not include entry to the night shows. Tickets for the night show - King David and The Night Vision can be purchased separately. The entrance to the museum is from David Garden – the Western entrance to the Tower of David, adjacent to Jaffa Gate, at the end of Mamilla Boulevard. For more information about accessibility, don't hesitate to get in touch with 072-3290715

Guided Tours in English

  • Guided Tours of King Herod's Palace and the Kishle Excavations in English leave every Friday at 10:00 am.
  • Guided tours of the guardrooms of the ancient citadel in English are available Sunday - Thursday at 11:00 am (included with admission)
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  • Naomi Sprung
    Naomi Sprung
    March 28, 2023

    What a magnificent place! Stunning ancient Architecture, with amazing history and views terrific gallery of the historic Tower of David throughout the Ages. They sell wonderful and educational timelines of the Area. A lo...

  • Aaron Glatt
    Aaron Glatt
    May 15, 2023

    Great museum in an accessible location. The observation deck is breathtaking. Take an audio guide and press #4 when you get up there. You can easily spend a couple hours there, but can go through much of it in 45 minute...

  • William Pate
    William Pate
    September 4, 2022

    We went for the evening light show on the history of Jerusalem which was done very well. We did not get a chance to see the rest of the Museum. There was a full house but we were able to get in and out with minimal issu...

  • Andrew Davey
    Andrew Davey
    August 7, 2022

    This is a very informative and scenic way to begin your journey into Jerusalem's Old City. Not only can you tour through ancient ruins - some of which date all the way back to the 11th century BCE! - but you can also lear...

  • Zoe Ryan
    Zoe Ryan
    January 4, 2023

    I booked tickets for the night show which was amazing, around 30mins it was good fun, although it was cold so come prepared. Earlier in the day I went around the museum, but note most of it is closed at the moment.

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