Pesach activities in Jerusalem

Pesach Activeties

Did you know that the Jerusalem Foundation helped establish dozens of cultural institutions in Jerusalem?

The following is a list of some of the activities taking place for families and children during Passover 2014 at leading cultural institutions supported by the Jerusalem Foundation around Jerusalem. Enjoy!

Bloomfield Science Museum

The Bloomfield Science Museum is one of Israel's leading science museums, with over a quarter of a million visitors annually. Over Passover, a range of Passover-themed fun activities will be on offer that encourage creative thinking, team work and teach children the basics of science and engineering.

With a particular emphasis on building activities, the new Schächter Garden that was donated by Jizchak and Denise Schächter through the Jerusalem Foundation, will give children the opportunity to make bricks out of sand in the museum's sand brick box, construct huge structures using blue sponge bricks, learn about famous structures such as the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and make sandals that can be taken home as souvenirs. Doctor Molecule will also present a humorous, informative and interactive science show that will explore the question: "Can the miracles of the Passover Haggadah be explained by science?"

Opening hours:

Monday-Thursday, 10:00-18:00, Friday and holiday eves, 10:00-14:00
Saturday and holidays - 10:00-16:00
The Museum will be closed on 14 April 2014
The Museum will be open on 20 April 2014, from 10:00-14:00

Museum Boulevard, Givat Ram, Jerusalem

Find out more about the museum's regular exhibits – also open during Passover - by visiting their website.



Tower of David Museum

The 2,500 year old fortress located next to Jaffa Gate in the Old City was established by the Jerusalem Foundation in 1989 and traces the history of Jerusalem, from the Canaanite period through the present day. The museum houses a permanent exhibition on Jerusalem as well an incredible sound and light spectacular during the evening hours.

The whole family is invited to the Tower of David Museum over Passover to "A Jerusalem Childhood," two days of festivities that give a taste of old Jerusalem. Activities will revive memories of Jerusalem from days gone by and will include: old-fashioned neighborhood games and contests, a tribute to Israeli cinema including a screening of the first Hebrew silent film, Jerusalem storytellers and a collections corner with items from the early days in Jerusalem.

Reservation is required.

Activity hours: April 16-17, 10:00 to 16:00

Address: Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem

For information about the museum and to reserve tickets visit their website or call *2885.

The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court Museum

Located in an enchanting old building in Jerusalem's Old City, the Old Yishuv Court Museum brings to life the experiences of the Jewish community in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter during the Old Yishuv period (19th and 20th centuries, until 1948).

The museum runs activities for families and school groups throughout the year. This Passover, children are invited to take part in a range of fun activities:

Lead up to Passover: Activities will include: hunting for chametz (leaven), an interactive game for the entire family that consist of a journey into life in the 19th and 20th centuries, a guided tour of the museum every day at 11:00 am, childhood games of old and matzah making.

Activity hours: 6-13 April, 2014: Sunday-Thursday, 10:00-17:00, Friday 10:00-13:00.

Matzah making, 10 April at 12:00.

Activities during Passover: Children and families can visit a new exhibit about weddings during the Old Yishuv period, view a special exhibit for Passover consisting of matzah covers and haggadot that belonged to Jerusalem families, take part in guided tours for the entire family and participate in a conservation workshop and activities and games of old in the museum courtyard.

Activity hours: 16-17 April: 10:00-18:00, 18 April and 20 April 10:00-13:00

Guided tours: 11:00, 14:00, 16:00

The museum will be closed on 14 April. The museum is closed on Saturdays.

Address: 6 Or Chaim Street, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

For more information and registration, contact the museum: 02-627-6319; 052-400-2478

Ein Yael Museum
Ein Yael is Jerusalem's "Living Museum," an experiential outdoor museum of farming, crafts, and everyday life in ancient times. It is situated at Ein Yael (Mountain Goat Spring), a 40-acre site in the Repha'im Valley of southern Jerusalem.

Spring is in the air and you are invited to a colorful celebration filled with aromas, flowers and crafts at the Ein Yael Spring Festival. A variety of activities will be on offer, including street theater, antique crafts, a reconstructed Roman street with artisans, a petting zoo with goat-milking, an archery workshop and other surprises.

Festival hours: April 16-17, 10:00 to 18:00, April 18, 10:00 to 14:00.

For more information about activities and directions to the museum, contact the museum: 02-645-1866 or


Visit the websites of the following cultural institutions for information about activities during Passover and the rest of the year:

The Yellow Submarine (music for adults)

The Artists' Studios Art Cube Gallery

The Train Theater (puppet plays for children in Hebrew)

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens