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Accessibility

We strive to make the Museum as accessible as possible for disabled visitors
  • Marked handicapped parking is available near the main entrance to the Museum, and the Second Temple Model.
  • An audio system for the hearing-impaired is available at ticket counters.
  • Counters are wheelchair accessible.
  • Discounts on admission to holders of a disabled identification card.
  • Discounts on admission to wheelchair users (admission is free to an escort).
  • Free admission to blind and visually impaired visitors and their escort.
The Campus
  • Entrance to the Museum and interior passages are wheelchair accessible.
  • Wheelchairs and lockers are available in the entrance pavilion.
  • A cloakroom and folding chairs are available near the elevators.
  • A transit vehicle for four is available to those who have difficulty walking through the Route of Passage.
  • Elevators, stair lifts, and ramps are available in the various galleries (* there is no Shabbat elevator)
  • Museum’s restaurants and shops are wheelchair accessible.
  • Maps in various languages are available (details at the Information Desk).
  • Wheelchair accessible stalls are available in rest rooms.
Art Garden
* The Art Garden is inaccessible to wheelchair users (observation points overlook the garden).
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Music

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Music

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Modern Art

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Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Jewish Art and Life

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Israeli Art

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Jewish Art and Life

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Art

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Archaeology

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Synagogues Route

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Creative Paths

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Creative Paths

Special Events

Form and Function: Design of Ancient Vessels

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Jewish Art and Life

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

Guided Tours

Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Gallery talks

Francisco Goya: Daydreams and Nightmares

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Modern Art

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Jewish Art and Life

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Jewish Art and Life

Lectures

The Weekly Torah Portion

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Art

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Highlights

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Art

Special Events

The Silk Glove Operation by Ensemble Can

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Temporary Exhibitions

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Art

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Jewish Art and Life

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No Place Like Home

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Highlights

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Synagogues Route

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No Place Like Home

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Temporary Exhibitions

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Synagogues Route

Gallery talks

Venetian Splendor

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Modern Art

Special Events

No Thing Dies: Museum Talk

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Modern Art

Guided Tours

Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Highlights

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Jewish Art and Life

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Israeli Art

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Highlights

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Synagogues Route

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Creative Paths

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Highlights

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Creative Paths

Special Events

Future

Guided Tours

Jewish Art and Life

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Modern Art

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Modern Art

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Synagogues Route

Gallery talks

Ai Weiwei

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Art

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Highlights

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Art

Special Events

The Silk Glove Operation by Ensemble Can

Guided Tours

Temporary Exhibitions

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

Special Events

Art

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

Guided Tours

Israeli Art

Guided Tours

No Place Like Home

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Highlights

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Synagogues Route

Special Events

No Place Like Home

Guided Tours

Temporary Exhibitions

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Jewish Art and Life

Gallery talks

No Place Like Home

Guided Tours

Art

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Modern Art

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Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Jewish Art and Life

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Israeli Art

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Highlights

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Synagogues Route

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No Place Like Home

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Synagogues Route

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Creative Paths

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Highlights

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Art

Special Events

NABA 2.0

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Jewish Art and Life

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Modern Art

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Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Highlights

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Jewish Art and Life

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Israeli Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Jewish Art and Life

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Guided Tours

Art

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Temporary Exhibitions

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Art

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Israeli Art

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No Place Like Home

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Highlights

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Art

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No Place Like Home

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Temporary Exhibitions

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Synagogues Route

Gallery talks

No Place Like Home

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Art

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Modern Art

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Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Jewish Art and Life

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No Place Like Home

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Jewish Art and Life

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Highlights

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Art

Special Events

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim: The First Jewish Painter

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Israeli Art

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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See the Sounds

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Archaeology

Special Events

Modern Art

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Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

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Highlights

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Art

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Jewish Art and Life

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Synagogues Route

Gallery talks

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Guided Tours

Art

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Temporary Exhibitions

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Modern Art

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Art

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Israeli Art

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No Place Like Home

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Art

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No Place Like Home

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Jewish Art and Life

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Jewish Art and Life

Gallery talks

Cats and Dogs

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Art

Special Events

The Silk Glove Operation by Ensemble Can

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Israeli Art

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

Guided Tours

Archaeology

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Art

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Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Jewish Art and Life

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Israeli Art

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Highlights

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Synagogues Route

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No Place Like Home

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Guided Tours

Synagogues Route

Gallery talks

European Imprint: Jacob Pins and German Expressionism

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Modern Art

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Highlights

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Art

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Music

See the Sounds

Guided Tours

Archaeology

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Modern Art

Guided Tours

Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

Guided Tours

Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Guided Tours

Highlights

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Art

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Israeli Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Creative Paths

Special Events

Present

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Jewish Art and Life

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Highlights

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Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

Special Events

Archaeology

Guided Tours

Modern Art

Special Events

See the Sounds

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Archaeology

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Art

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Art

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Archaeology

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Jewish Art and Life

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Israeli Art

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No Place Like Home

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Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

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Art

Special Events

Archaeology

Guided Tours

Jewish Art and Life

Guided Tours

Synagogues Route

Gallery talks

Faces of Power

Guided Tours

Art

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Highlights

Guided Tours

Art

Special Events

The Silk Glove Operation by Ensemble Can

Guided Tours

Temporary Exhibitions

Guided Tours

Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Special Events

See the Sounds

Guided Tours

Archaeology

Guided Tours

Art

Guided Tours

Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

Guided Tours

Archaeology

Guided Tours

Jewish Art and Life and Synagogue Route

Guided Tours

Jewish Art and Life

Guided Tours

No Place Like Home

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Highlights

Guided Tours

Synagogues Route

Guided Tours

No Place Like Home

Guided Tours

Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

Guided Tours

Jewish Art and Life

Gallery talks

License to Paint French Academic Art in the 19th Century

Guided Tours

Modern Art

Special Events

See the Sounds

Visitor Info

Opening Hours

Special Opening Hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August the Museum is open 10 am - 9 pm

Free entrance for soldiers doing compulsory military service and for those doing National Service, courtesy of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum

Free entrance for children (under 18, excluding groups and workshops) on Tues and Sat thoughout the year, courtesy of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum and David and Inez Myers, Cleveland, Ohio

Rockefeller Museum is closed on Tues, Fri, and Holiday Eves
Ticho House is closed on Saturdays

 

Visitor Info

Locations

Ticho House
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm
Wed 10 am – 9 pm
Fri and Holiday Eves 10 am – 2 pm
Sat closed.
10 HaRav Agan Street
Tel: 645 3746,
ticho@imj.org.il
Rockefeller Museum
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am – 3 pm
Sat 10 am – 2 pm
Closed Tues, Fri and Holiday Eves
27 Sultan Suleiman St.
Tel: 628 2251
fawziib@imj.org.il
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Campus Map

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Directions and Transportation

Find Us
The Israel Museum is located in Jerusalem on 11 Ruppin Boulevard, Hakyria, near the Knesset (Israeli Parliament).
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
POB 71117
Jerusalem, 9171002
Israel
Tel: 972-2-670-8811
Fax: 972-2-677-1332
Transportation
By Bus
Bus lines: 7, 9, 14, 35, 66
Direct from Tel Aviv, line 100 from Shapirim Junction Parking
Information and schedules »
or dial Kol Kav *8787
By Car
Parking for cars and bicycles outside the Museum
GPS - Avraham Granot Street
WAZE - Israel Museum
Parking available for Museum visitors. Limited number of parking spaces.
Museum visitors are requested to retain entrance tickets, or receipts from Museum stores, or restaurants for presentation at the exit booth of the parking lot.
Ticho House
10 HaRav Agan Street, Jerusalem
Free entrance 
Tel: 02 645-3746 
email: ticho@imj.org.il
The Rockefeller Museum
POB 71117
91710 Jerusalem 
email: fawziib@imj.org.il
Tel: for groups: 02 670-8074
Fax: 02 670-8063
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Dining

Modern
Modern, the Museum's kosher meat restaurant, is designed in an early modernist style. It offers contemporary Jerusalem cuisine and a rich collection of quality wines. Adjoining a plaza and overlooking the Valley of the Cross, this restaurant specializes in hosting private and business events. 
Modern is kosher meat, under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem. Dining in the restaurant does not require purchase of an admissions ticket to the Museum. Museum members and Friends of the Israel Museum are entitled to a 10% discount. 
Parking is free and the restaurant is accessible to all. 
Open: Sun, Mon, Wed,Thurs from 11:30 am - 5 pm, Tues 11:30 am - 11 pm, Fri 10 am - 2 pm 
For inquiries: 02 648-0862.
To arrange events: 054-778-8558; 054-304-0279; events@modern.co.il 
See Modern's website »
 

Mansfeld
Mansfeld, the Museum's dairy cafés, are named after Al Mansfeld, the first architect of the Israel Museum and winner of the Israel Prize for Architecture for his design of the Museum. The café's rich menu includes home-baked goods, cakes, sandwiches, salads and hot dishes. The café is suitable for hosting private events.
Mansfeld is kosher dairy under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem. 
Dining in the café does not require purchase of an admissions ticket to the Museum. Museum members and Friends of the Israel Museum are entitled to a 10% discount. 
Parking is free and the restaurant is accessible to all. 
Open: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 8 am - 5 pm | Tues 8 am - 9 pm | Fri 8 am - 2 pm. 
For inquiries: 02 563-6280; Fax: 02 561-8399; cafe@mansfeld.co.il
To arrange events: 054-884-7133 or 050-997-8800
See Mansfeld's website »
 


Chic Café
Chic Café is a dairy café located at the entrance to the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Model. The menu includes fine coffee and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads (soups in the winter), cakes, ice cream and snacks. 
Dining in the café does not require purchase of an admissions ticket to the Museum. Museum members and Friends of the Israel Museum are entitled to a 10% discount. 
Parking is free and the restaurant is accessible to all. 
Open Sun Mon Wed Thurs 8 am - 5 pm; Tues 8 am - 6 pm; Fri 8 am - 2 pm, Sat 8 am - 5 pm 
Cafe Tel: 02 633-2555, yossi.stark@gmail.com
 

Anna Italian Café 

Ticho House
10 HaRav Agan Street
Sun – Thurs 1 pm – 11pm 
Fri 12 pm – 3pm 
Kosher dairy, Jerusalem Rabbinate 
Tel: 02 543-4144 
host@annarest.co.il

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Services

Museum Information
Please feel free to contact Museum Information with any questions.
Tel: 02 670-8811 info@imj.org.il
Cloakroom and folding chairs
A cloakroom and folding chairs are available at the end of the Route of Passage, next to the elevators. Please inquire at the Information Desk.
Wheelchairs and disabled access
Wheelchairs are available in the Entrance Pavilion. Please inquire at the Information Desk for details. Much of the Israel Museum is wheelchair-accessible, and an ongoing renovation program continues to improve access for the disabled. Wheelchair-accessible places include the entrance pavilion, the Shrine of the Book, and the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Download the PDF accessibility map of the campus. Accessibility in the Museum »
Parking
Parking available for Museum visitors. Limited number of parking spaces. Museum visitors are requested to retain entrance tickets, or receipts from Museum stores or restaurants for presentation at the exit booth of the parking lot. Bicycle parking Available in the entrance plaza of the Museum
Audio guides
Audio guides for some permanent exhibitions in selected languages are included in the Museum entrance fee and are available at the Entrance Pavilion. The exhibitions include: The Shrine of the Book, the Second Temple Model and the Art Garden. Audio guides are also appropriate for hearing impaired visitors.
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Museum Stores

Shop online

We are committed to bringing you the best that Israel has to offer. Whether you’re looking for exquisite jewelry made with materials unique to Israel, organic farm-fresh preserves, world-renowned Dead Sea skincare or home décor from internally acclaimed Israeli artists, we’ll send it to you straight from Israel.

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Take the Museum experience home with you

Everyone buys gifts, but only at the Israel Museum shops do they come with a story. Each story reveals a new, and exciting world - all inspired by from the vast and unique collections of the Museum, from both the permanent exhibitions and special exhibitions. Discover the story behind specially-produced articles to make your your Museum experience linger on.

* Special benefits and discounts for Museum Members and an additional 10% discount on all products.

Be inspired
Discover items inspired by the Shrine of the Book, the Ahava (Love) sculpture from the Art Garden, a wide range of Judaica items; Hanukkah menorahs, wine cups, candlesticks, and more. Choose from the many children's products, as well as the exclusive and distinctive jewelry created by top Israeli and international designers.
Museum Stores
The three stores are located: at the entrance to the Second Temple Model, on the central cardo of the Museum opposite the Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery, and the main store in the entrance pavilion. No entrance fee required to the main store and parking is free!
Israel Museum Products, Ltd.
Israel Museum Products, Ltd. is an Israel Museum commercial corporation which operates three stores on the Museum campus. The company holds exclusive rights to create products for the Israel Museum inspired by the Museum's collection of unique items and temporary exhibitions. The company is committed to the inclusion of disadvantaged sectors, both in its stores and among workers involved in the product development and manufacture, in cooperation with various foundations and the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Special benefits and discounts for Museum Members and an additional 10% discount on all products.
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Members

Become a Member
For annual Membership fees »
Sign up online »
Benifits, discounts and special activities
Check the Member's Page for ongoing Membership benefits: exhibitions pre-openings just for members, special lectures, guided tours in the Museum and at other cultural institutions, discounts and more.
Give a Museum Membership to those you love - the gift that people love to get.
Purchase a membership for a friend and gain an additional month on your own membership for free. Please call for more details Tel: 02 670-8855
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Tickets

Purchase tickets online to the Museum and events
Full-cost tickets may be purchased online or at the box office. Please note that discount tickets for children and youth, students, seniors, disabled visitors, IDF soldiers, National Service personnel, repeat visits within three months, and Jerusalem Resident cardholders are available only at the box office.
Free admission in August

Free admission for children until the age of 17 on Tuesdays and Saturdays (not for groups and does not include performances and workshops)

Tickets

NIS

Adults

 54

Students

 39

Children and teens (aged 5 to 17)  Free on Tues and Sat  (except groups and workshops)

 27

Senior Citizen (Upon presentation of official Israeli Ezrach Vatik or International ID)
(Cannot be purchased online)

 27

Disabled

 27

Soldier / National Service (Upon presentation of suitable ID)

Free

Repeat Visit (within 3 months) (No double discounts)

 27

Jerusalem Resident Cardholder

 46

Leumi 1+1 cardholders, Discount on tickets purchased in advance on the Leumi Card website, (No double discounts)
Isracard customers 50% discount, Code must be downloaded from the Isracard app/site, (No double discounts)

Please note: Tickets to the Museum are valid for two years from the date of purchase.
For information about special cultural events and purchasing tickets online »
Free audio guide for hearing impaired visitors included with all tickets. Group visits for people with special needs »

Terms and conditions
  • Tickets may be purchased online only at full cost for adults
  • Collection of tickets is conditional upon presentation of the credit card used to purchase the tickets
  • A ticket is valid until the stub is torn from the ticket or until the bar code is scanned at the entrance to the Museum
  • A ticket is valid only for one admission and one reentry on the day of the visit
  • There are no multiple discounts
  • Admission tickets to the Museum do not include admission to events, performances, or workshops to which additional fees are charged
  • Possession of an admission ticket only permits the visitor to enter the Museum campus 
  • Tickets may be collected at the ticket office or at automated ticket vendors, located at the Museum Entrance Pavilion

Sobre el Museo de Israel, Jerusalén


El Modelo de Jerusalén en el Período del Segundo Templo

Los manuscritos del Mar Muerto. El Proyecto Digital

 

El Santuario del Libro 

 

     El Jardín de Arte Billy Rose

 

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  Sobre el Museo de Israel, Jerusalén
 

 

El Museo de Israel es la institución cultural más grande del Estado de Israel, y está considerado uno de los museos de artes y arqueología líderes en el mundo entero. Fundado en 1965, sus alas de arqueología, bellas artes, y arte y vida judía albergan colecciones enciclopédicas, incluidas obras que datan desde la prehistoria hasta el presente, y presenta la serie más amplia en el mundo de piezas de arqueología bíblica y de Tierra Santa. En tan solo cuarenta y cinco años, gracias al legado de donaciones y al generoso apoyo de su círculo de benefactores en el mundo entero, el museo ha construido una colección de largo alcance, que abarca cerca de 500.000 objetos que representan la gama completa de la cultura material universal.

En el verano de 2010, el Museo de Israel completa la ampliación más extensiva del campus de  80.000 m2 en toda su historia, y presenta nuevas galerías, instalaciones de ingreso y espacios públicos. El proyecto trienal de expansión y renovación está destinado a realzar la vivencia del visitante ante las colecciones del museo, la arquitectura y el paisaje circundante, complementando el diseño original de  Alfred Mansfeld y Dora Gad. Dirigido por  James Carpenter Design Associates de Nueva York y Efrat-Kowalsky Architects de Tel Aviv, el proyecto incluye también la renovación y reconfiguración completa de las alas  del museo: el Ala de Arqueología Samuel y Saidye Bronfman, el Ala de Bellas Artes Edmond y Lily Safra, y el Ala de Arte y Vida Judía Jack, Joseph y Morton Mandel.


 

                                              Santuario del Libro

Entre los hitos del campus original se cuenta el Santuario del Libro, diseñado por Armand Bartos y Frederick Kiesler, que alberga los Rollos del Mar Muerto, los manuscritos bíblicos más antiguos del mundo, así como otros manuscritos bíblicos poco frecuentes de principios de la Edad Media. Junto al Santuario del Libro se encuentra el Modelo de Jerusalén en el Período del Segundo Templo, que reconstruye las caracteristicas topográficas y arquitectónicas de la ciudad antes de que los romanos la destruyeran en 66 e.c., y que brinda el contexto histórico a la presentación de los Rollos del Mar Muerto en el Santuario del Libro.

El célebre Jardín de Arte Billy Rose, diseñado para el campus original del museo por el escultor japonés-norteamericano Isamu Noguchi, se cuenta entre los sitios escultóricos al aire libre más refinados del siglo XX: un paisaje oriental combinado con una antigua ladera de Jerusalén como telón de fondo del despliegue de la evolución de la moderna tradición escultórica occidental. En él se exhiben obras de maestros modernos, incluidos Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore y Pablo Picasso, junto con recientes encargos específicos a artistas como Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark Dion, James Turrell y Micha Ullman.

El Ala para Jóvenes Ruth de Educación para el Arte, singular por su tamaño y por el alcance de sus actividades, propone una amplia gama anual de programas para más de 100.000 alumnos, y presenta galerías de exhibición, talleres de arte, salas de estudio, una biblioteca de libros ilustrados para niños y una sala de reciclado. Sus programas especiales alientan el entendimiento intercultural entre estudiantes árabes y judíos, y llegan al amplio espectro de las comunidades de Israel.

                              

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                                Museo de Arqueología Rockefeller      Casa Ticho

Además de los variados programas que se ofrecen en el campus central, el Museo de Israel opera también en dos sitios externos: el Museo de Arqueología Rockefeller, una gema arquitectónica construida en 1938 para exhibir piezas arqueológicas del antiguo Israel, y la Casa Ticho, que ofrece un programa de exhibiciones de artistas israelíes más jóvenes en su casa histórica y su jardín.

 

 

El Modelo de Jerusalén en el Período del Segundo Templo

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                  El Modelo de Jerusalén en el Período del Segundo Templo

Cubriendo cerca de un acre (4,200 metros cuadrados), el modelo recrea a Jerusalén tal como fuera antes del 66 EC, el año en el que estalló la Gran Revuelta contra los Romanos, y la ciudad y el Templo fueron destruídos. El modelo por lo tanto evoca la antigua ciudad en su cima. En ésos tiempos Jerusalén estuvo en su mayor extensión, cubriendo un área de aproximadamente 445 acres (185 Hectáreas), más del doble del tamaño de la Ciudad Vieja de Jerusalén de hoy en día. Erigido en una escala de1:50 metros, ésta recreación de Jerusalén ante todo, está construída  por la misma piedra caliza – así llamada piedra de Jerusalén – con la que la ciudad fué construída en tiempos antiguos y sigue siendo construída en el día de hoy. Inaugurada públicamente en 1966, el modelo fué construído por la iniciativa de Hans Kroch, dueño y promoter del Hotel Holyland, en memoria de su hijo Jacob que cayó en la Guerra de Independencia de Israel, y bajo la dirección del profesor Michael Avi-Yonah de la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén. Tres fuentes principales guiaron su reconstrucción de la ciudad tal como hubiera sido durante el siglo 1ro.: escrituras antiguas, especialmente obras del historiador Judío Romano Flavius Josephus, la Mishnah, el Talmud y el Evangelio; otras ciudades antiguas excavadas a través de la región que una vez fué parte del Imperio romano; y descubrimientos arqueológicos en la misma Jerusalén.

 

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                      El Modelo de Jerusalén en el Período del Segundo Templo

 

Aunque la información arqueológica disponible en la época de la construcción del modelo fué limitada, subsecuentes excavaciones en Jerusalén realzaron la comprensión escolar de la ciudad antigua y guiaron el desarrollo adicional del modelo, el que fué restaurado y complementado durante su traslado al Museo de Israel. Mientras que éste proceso continuará en el futuro, el modelo ante todo, no está dirigido para demostrar una exactitud arqueológica, sino más bien evocar la escala, arquitectura y topografía de Jerusalén en el crucial período histórico correspondiente con la creación de los Rollos del Mar Muerto. 

 

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                 El Modelo de Jerusalén en el Período del Segundo Templo

Siguiente a su reubicación en el “campus” del Museo de Israel en 2006, el Modelo junto con el Santuario del Libro, ofrece ahora al visitante una enriquecida vista de Jerusalén durante el período seminal del simultáneo desarrollo formativo del Judaísmo y del Cristianismo.

 

 

El Santuario del Libro

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Construído en 1965, fué encargado para la preservación y la permanente exhibición de los Rollos del Mar Muerto. Sus pertenencias incluyen ocho de los más completos Rollos jamás descubiertos, como así también uno de los más históricamente importantes manuscritos Bíblicos Hebreos – el Aleppo Codex del 10° Siglo de la EC.  

 

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Diseñado por el arquitecto Americano nacido en Austria Frederick Kiesler y el arquitecto Americano Armand Bartos, el Santuario es considerado como una obra maestra de la arquitectura moderna  y un punto de referencia internacional. Es el único ejemplo permanente de la obra de Kiesler, diseñado para comunicar la experiencia física del descubrimiento de los Rollos del Mar Muerto y la metafórica dimensión del contenido de los Rollos. En 2004, por intermedio de la generosidad de Herta & Paul Amir, Los Angeles, y la Fundación D.S. & R.H. Gottesman, Nueva York, el Santuario fué sometido a una completa restauración arquitectónica y una modernización de todos sus sistemas de ambientación y exposición, en orden de asegurar condiciones óptimas para un extenso período de preservación y exposición para los Rollos y los otros tesoros del Santuario. El Dr. Adolfo Roitman es el jefe del Santuario del Libro y el curador de los Rollos del Mar Muerto.

Los Rollos del Mar Muerto

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Excavadas de las cuevas de Qumran en el Desierto de Judea en 1947, los Rollos del Mar Muerto están entre los manuscritos biblicos más antiguos del mundo y quizás el patrimonio cultural más importante del Estado de Israel. El descubrimiento de los Rollos representa un momento decisivo en el estudio de la historia del pueblo Judío en la antiguedad, trayendo a la luz un sin precedente tesoro de literatura biblica. 

Eruditos han llegado a la conclusión que algunos de los Rollos fueron escritos o copiados por una secta asceta Judía, identificados por la mayoría de los eruditos como los Escenos que existieron al lado de los Fariseos, Seduceos, primeros Cristianos, Samaritanos y Zealotos. Juntos, éstos grupos constituyeron la sociedad Judía en la Tierra de Israel durante el final del período Helenístico-Romano- desde el alzamiento de los Macabeos hasta la destrucción del Segundo Templo (167 AEC-70 EC). Otros Rollos fueron escritos o copiados en otros lugares y formaron parte de la biblioteca de la comunidad de Qumran. La mayoría de los Rollos fueron escritos en Hebreo, con un pequeño número en Arameo y Griego. La mayoría de los Rollos fueron escritos en pergamino, con raros ejemplares en papiros – y, a pesar de que unos pocos Rollos

fueron descubiertos intactos, la mayoría sobrevive como fragmentos.

El Centro de Información y Estudio Fundación Dorot

 

Abierto en 2007, el Centro de Información y estudio Fundación Dorot, hecho possible por la generosidad de la Fundación Dorot, Providence, Rhode Island, en memoria de Joy Gottesman Ungerleider, provee ahora a los visitantes del Museo, como así también a estudiantes y eruditos, la oportunidad de beneficiarse con el conocimiento e investigación disponible en el Santuario del Libro y tener acceso a la investigación histórica y actual en curso en todo el mundo. No una única instalación, más bien un conjunto de instalaciones integradas dentro del “campus” del area del Museo circundan al Santuario del Libro, el centro comprende un auditorium, aula e instalaciones de estudio para el público, y una biblioteca digital. Programas especiales interactivos de multimedia y  otros programas educacionales, tanto para el estudio “in-situ” como para el estudio remoto, están siendo desarrollados para enriquecer a ambos  usuarios, los visitantes y los “off-site” para la comprensión del Santuario del Libro, los Rollos del Mar Muerto y los otros manuscritos biblicos albergados en el Santuario.

El auditorium del Centro de Estudios con sus 80 asientos es usado para charlas y conferencias y presenta una corta película narrativa para el público en general, que explora a través de aspectos ficcionales narrativos de identidad Judía durante el período del Segundo Templo, vistos a través de los ojos de un joven sacerdote de Jerusalén y un adolescente de Qumran, el antiguo yacimiento donde fueron originalmente descubiertos los Rollos del Mar Muerto, que ahora están albergados en el Santuario.

 

El Jardín de Arte Billy Rose

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                                               El Jardín de Arte Billy Rose

Considerado entre los mejores jardines de esculturas del siglo veinte, el Jardín de Arte Billy Rose del Museo, diseñado por el escultor Japonés-Americano Isamu Noguchi, es una síntesis de diferentes culturas—ésas del Lejano Oriente, del Cercano Oriente y el Oeste—como telón de fondo del espectacular paisaje de Jerusalén. La colección exhibida en el jardín incluye obras de grandes escultores como Magdalena Abakanowicz, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, James Turrell y Micha Ullman.

 

El Jardín de Arte está situado en la ladera occidental del “campus” del Museo. Está  dividido en secciones de amplias formas de medias lunas crescientes arqueadas en forma ascendente y soportadas por altas paredes hechas de rugosas piedras de campo. Tal como en un jardín Zen Japonés, el piso está cubierto de gravilla, y senderos alineados con plantas y árboles locales que conectan las diferentes secciones. Una multitud de materiales fueron incorporados en el diseño del jardín: piedras de diferentes tipos y tamaño, paredes de concreto expuesto y agua circundan espacios más pequeños y terrazas rectilíneas del jardín hacen eco a las formas de los edificios del Museo.  

 

Con el paso de los años, el Jardín de Arte se ha convertido en una bien apreciada sede para variados eventos públicos y privados, festivales, ferias y programas del Museo. El Festival anual de la cata de vinos Israelíes acontece durante el verano. A los pies de la alta torre  Ahava (Amor) de Robert Indiana's, los participantes del festival catan vinos de bodegas Israelíes, descansan en áreas con comfortables asientos, escuchando música de jazz en vivo, paseando entre las especialmente iluminadas esculturas y bebiendo el mágico aire nocturno de Jerusalén. El Festival anual de Vuelo de Barriletes toma lugar en Agosto en el Jardín de Arte, cuando el viento se levanta en las últimas horas de la tarte para ayudar a remontar los barriletes en los cielos de Jerusalén. El bien amado festival incluye a los mejores profesionales del remontamiento de barriletes, así como también la construcción de barriletes en actividades para toda la familia. Otros eventos del Jardín de Arte incluyen música y actuaciones de danza de alto perfil, tales como la Orquesta Filarmónica de Israel, La Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, y el Idan Reichel Project, para nombrar unos pocos. 

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