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Ein Yael Living Museum

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  • Ein Yael , Jerusalem

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Excellent place to bring kids
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on August 30, 2017

Disclaimer: we visited during the last week of August, when it's quieter - the place is probably less pleasant during peak times. I went with my 6 year old and my 9 year old: both were enthralled and would have happily stayed for more than the six hours we spent there had the place...

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Disclaimer: we visited during the last week of August, when it's quieter - the place is probably less pleasant during peak times. I went with my 6 year old and my 9 year old: both were enthralled and would have happily stayed for more than the six hours we spent there had the place not closed at six. It's a well-shaded terraced garden opposite the biblical zoo, built to simulate "ancient" times. Kids get to take part in a dozen or so activities, some more impressive than others, but all are original. There's also a "roman" market street with a blacksmith, a carpenter and a potter who all gladly explain their craft. Most of the staff are pleasant and helpful, a few less so. The carpenter, who's engaged in making his own era-appropriate tools, I found especially interesting. Reasonably priced (45 NIS entry?), much cheaper as a Groupon. As mentioned, soft drinks only sold at the gate. Tips: 1. Bring food and drink - lots of water.... Lots of picnic tables around. 2. If you can go in the last week of August, great. If not, probably be a bit of queuing to do. 3. Check beforehands - the place is often closed for private groups, no way of knowing unless you call ahead.

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Disappointment
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on May 29, 2017

We heard wonderful things about Ein Yael for younger children only to finally arrange a tour and be completely disappointed. The place is not child friendly. Carriages are difficult to navigate. There is zero options to even purchase a water bottle and we were not given a warning about this. We communicated with them...

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We heard wonderful things about Ein Yael for younger children only to finally arrange a tour and be completely disappointed. The place is not child friendly. Carriages are difficult to navigate. There is zero options to even purchase a water bottle and we were not given a warning about this. We communicated with them on multiple occasions by phone and email and not once did they say oh bring your own drinks. It was extremely hot and uncomfortable and the adults and kids were irritable without drinks. The grounds are not well maintained and are quite dirty. Wrappers all over the place (obviously not from snacks sold there). Half our group left early after pita break making and did not stay for the weaving because they were dehydrated. Also it is very difficult to get a taxi there so arrange with your ride there to come back. I would only go well prepared with snacks and drinks and on an early tour. Not Monday when it is hot. Teaches the kids what life was like 2000 years ago. You see some bathes and floors and tunnels of homes from then.

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open air living museum JERUSALEM
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on August 31, 2016

The origin of YALU Spring connecting to the Refaim streamJust across the road to the Jerusalem ZOO, Site of an old farm dating to the time of the First Temple 7th Century B.C.,ON TOP Remains of a Roman period VILLA RUSTICA Style farm with some mosaics and roman baths.Nice living exhibition of weaving,pottery,painting,olive...

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The origin of YALU Spring connecting to the Refaim streamJust across the road to the Jerusalem ZOO, Site of an old farm dating to the time of the First Temple 7th Century B.C.,ON TOP Remains of a Roman period VILLA RUSTICA Style farm with some mosaics and roman baths.Nice living exhibition of weaving,pottery,painting,olive oil production,old time vinery,cosmetics and old time dress and agriculture

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Good place- many activities.
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on September 29, 2015

There is a good amount of hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and performances (most recreating ancient times) at this place. It is best for children age 10 and younger- very good for them. There is of course walking to the different areas, and it is not too stroller friendly (surprising given the target age here)....

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There is a good amount of hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and performances (most recreating ancient times) at this place. It is best for children age 10 and younger- very good for them. There is of course walking to the different areas, and it is not too stroller friendly (surprising given the target age here). The cost is reasonable and the guides- mostly native Russian speakers working in Hebrew- are good and very friendly and knowledgable and enthusiastic. Parking leaves something to be desired. I recommend this!

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One of the best kdis activities in Jerusalem
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on August 31, 2015

Always a great activity for kids. They get to do hands on activities such as basket weaving, wine pressing, making bricks, creating beautiful mosaics etc... the staff is very friendly and helpful and gave us a great tour of the grounds.

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