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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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Events All of Today's Events

Guided Tours

Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

Guided Tours

Synagogue Route

Guided Tours

Synagogue Route

Gallery talks

Ai Weiwei Maybe, Maybe Not

Dance in the Exhibition

You Happy Puppet

Special Events

In Celebration of the Fischach Sukkah

Family Activities

Tuesdays in the Library

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Opening Hours

Hanukkah
19.12 Tues, 10 am - 9 pm
13-19.12 Free entrance for children under 18 in memory  of Bessie rose Guberman, Canada

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

 

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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

Museum Gallery 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

Anna Italian Café »

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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
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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

Buy 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

Cats and Dogs


  • 09 May 2017 - 07 Apr 2018
  • Curator: Orna Granot
  • Ruth Youth Wing

Cats + Dogs

WELCOME TO AN EXHIBITION DEDICATED ENTIRELY TO THE WORLD’S MOST BELOVED PETS!

The dispute between cat-lovers and dog-lovers is never-ending — and one’s preference tells us quite a bit about them. This exhibition explores the deep connection between dogs and humans and our particular view of cats through ancient artifacts, contemporary artworks, sculptures, videos, paintings, and photographs. Though presented by the artists with affection and amusement, the images also offer a mysterious, critical, and even ominous perspective on these animals.

Although all the images of animals on display were created by human hands, on this floor dogs and cats appear on their own — at times in the wild and at times with clear traces of our human world.Whether you have a dog, a cat, or neither; whether you prefer one, the other, or none — you are invited to examine these familiar animals in a new and at times surprising light.

View of the Gallery (Peter Fischli David Weiss, Buzy, 2001, video, 6 min)

Sarit Shani Hay, Catdog, 2017,
Canvas, faux leather, and acrylic filling

Itay Marom, Dogs, 2015,  HD video; 11 mins, Sound design: Rotem Dror

CAT OR DOG?

Cats and dogs are the stars of this exhibition, which features over 100 artworks devoted to mankind’s most beloved pets. These works invite the viewer to see these familiar animals in a light that is affectionate and bemused, while also mysterious, critical, and even ominous.
Who is truly “man’s best friend”? Perhaps this question can never really be answered and, as the exhibition shows, the choice between cats and dogs
says more about us than about them. The photographs and drawings of cats and dogs on display call to mind the human hand behind these images and representations of these animals - together and apart - in art and in culture.

If you prefer dogs, begin in the dog area; if you are a cat person, follow the tails and the mews. Either way, you will end up in the section for people who love both or neither; there cats, dogs, and people all come together

Rona Perlman, Alfi and Izzy, 2016, Pen on paper

Eitan Eloa, Dogs and Friends, 2017, Digital illustration

Netta Laufer, Cat and Dog from the “Black Beauty” series, 2013, Color print

Dogs

Dog is “man’s best friend” in many languages, yet the relationship between human and dog is not one of equals. We select our dogs, own them, and take care of them. In the dog section of the exhibition, you are encouraged to see this strong and timeless bond from the other side.
Ancient and fascinating objects — such as the ruins of a prehistoric grave shared by a woman and her dog, and a coin depicting Odysseus’s emotional reunion with his dog Argos  (listen to the story here) - are on display alongside modern portraits in which dogs are companions, symbols of loyalty and obedience, and yet still cast as supporting characters.However, there are also works which place the dog as the central figure. Though the boy in Gal Weinstein’s steel wool painting looks admiringly at his dog, it is the dog who looks straight at the viewer; in Anat Shalev’s work, the dog’s eyes captivate our attention, reflecting the boy and expressing eternal devotion; and in William Wegman’s photograph the double image of the dog and his penetrating gaze convey his wisdom and importance. By shifting focus to the dog, these works challenge the accepted superiority of humans over dogs, perhaps posing a new question: dog may be man’s best friend, but is man dog’s best friend?

View of the gallery, dogs

William Wegman, Dog Duet, 1975-6, Video, 2:38 mins

Gal Weinstein, Untitled, 2001, Gal Weinstein, Untitled, Steel wool on cardboard

Cats

House cats, street cats, and even black cats (eek!) can be found throughout the galleries. They do not scratch or mew, but their tails most definitely move. Beware of the cat transformed into a samurai
warrior, don’t miss the Mona Lisa as a giant crosseyed cat, and observe the well-dressed cats who exude self-importance in both photographs and paintings.
Unlike dogs, who are generally considered to possess human attributes, the cats here adopt external items of the human world but remain — definitively — cats. Indeed, relationships between cats and humans are more complicated both in real life and in art; for example, in the painting of a woman and three cats adorned with ribbons, it is she who adapts her appearance to theirs. Though her cats — and the others seen here — look at us, their gaze is empty, indifferent, and even patronizing.

View over the gallery - in the background on the left: Philippe Geluck, Mono Liso ou le Jocond (Mona Lisa), 2003, Acrylic on canvas, Yaron Attar, Posing, 2014, Felt pen on a photograph, digital print, Photograph: Ayelet Politi

Rona Yefman, Alex, 1998-2005, Color photograph on Plexiglass

Heather Mattoon, Cats in Clothes, 2012, Acrylic on board

Cats, Dogs and People

But why choose at all? Maybe our instinct to pick one or the other is pointless, stemming from a human need to view cats and dogs as opposites. Thus this exhibition presents cats and dogs who are not that different after all, and who become even more similar when they are transformed into artworks. Though the exhibition is called Cats and Dogs, we could have called it Cats, Dogs, and People, since both the works on display and the visitors who view them explore the depth and complexity of our connection to these animals from a perspective that is at once human and personal.

Sarit Shani Hay,Catdog, 2017, Canvas, faux leather,and acrylic filling

David Reeb, Treed Cat with Cresent Moon, 2012, Acrylic on canvas

Gallery view: in the background Eitan Eloa, We are All Friends, 2017