Museum Day in Jerusalem!

Summer Cultural Spotlight 1


May 15 is Museum Day, when different museums throughout Israel will open their doors free of charge.

1. The Bible Lands Museum, May 14, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

The Bible is one of history’s most enduring documents. What context was it written in – how did the ancient Israelites live? The Bible Lands Museum explores these questions. Its “Gods, Heroes, and Ancient Mortals” exhibit focuses on Greek pottery and its use in ancient Israel.

2. The Israel Museum, May 15, 10 am to 5 pm

This is perhaps  Israel’s most famous museum, with a collection spanning millennia and different geographic regions. Their “No Place Like Home” exhibit invites artists to create works inspired by every-day objects in the domestic sphere, in a tribute to Dadaism 100 years after the premier of Marcel Duchamp’s “The Fountain.”

3. The Museum for Islamic Art, May 18, 10 am to 7 pm

The museum houses a rich collection of Islamic art and artifacts.  Its “Repositioning” exhibit asks 12 contemporary artists to re-imagine 12 works from the museum’s permanent collection  and use them as a muse for their own creations.

4. The Bloomfield Science Museum, May 15, 10 am to 6 pm

This museum focuses on hand-on learning that covers a wide array of scientific topics. On Museum Day, they will have special flower and insect construction workshops, where families will construct their own models and use them to learn about the different laws of biology and physics governing these complex life-forms.

5. The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court Museum, May 15, 10 am to 8 pm

What was life like for Jews in the Old City under the Ottoman and British empires? The preserved family home offers a personalized glimpse into this aspect of Jerusalem’s history.

6. The Museum of Underground Prisoners, May 15, 9 am to 5 pm:

This building served as a prison during the British Mandate and tells the stories of Jewish prisoners who were held there. Many of the cells and rooms have been preserved, giving you a close-up look at the prisoners’ experiences.

7. The Tower of David Museum, May 15, 9 am to 4 pm:

This museum tells the tale of Jerusalem, from its ancient past to the present day.  In honor of Museum Day, the museum will offer a special guided tour that focuses on the city’s complexities.