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The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In nearly seventy years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture. In November 2017, Prof. Ido Bruno took up his role as Director of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. To Prof. Bruno's Welcome Address In the summer of 2010, the Israel Museum completed the most comprehensive upgrade of its 20-acre campus in its history, featuring new galleries, entrance facilities, and public spaces. The three-year expansion and renewal project was designed to enhance visitor experience of the Museum’s collections, architecture, and surrounding landscape, complementing its original design by Alfred Mansfeld and Dora Gad. Led by James Carpenter Design Associates of New York and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects of Tel Aviv, the project also included the complete renewal and reconfiguration of the Museum’s Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing, Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing, and Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life. Among the highlights of the Museum’s original campus is the Shrine of the Book, designed by Armand Bartos and Frederick Kiesler, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts. Adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Museum’s celebrated Billy Rose Art Garden, designed for the original campus by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, is counted among the finest outdoor sculpture settings of the 20th century. An Oriental landscape combined with an ancient Jerusalem hillside, the garden serves as the backdrop for the Israel Museum’s display of the evolution of the modern western sculptural tradition. On view are works by modern masters including Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith, together with more recent site-specific commissions by such artists as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark Dion, James Turrell, and Micha Ullman. The Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education, unique in its size and scope of activities, presents a wide range of programming to more than 100,000 schoolchildren each year, and features exhibition galleries, art studios, classrooms, a library of illustrated children’s books, and a recycling room. Special programs foster intercultural understanding between Arab and Jewish students and reach out to the wide spectrum of Israel’s communities. In addition to the extensive programming offered on its main campus, the Israel Museum also operates two off-site locations: the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, an architectural gem built in 1938 for the display of archaeology from ancient Israel; and Ticho House, which offers an ongoing program of exhibitions by younger Israeli artists in a historic house and garden setting.
Join our Jerusalem Day Tour for the easiest, most comprehensive, and best value way to discover this magical city. You will explore ancient Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as the modern, vibrant, metropolis of today. Our Jerusalem Day Tour visits the highlights within the walls of the Old City, including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It also takes you to the hot spots of modern Jerusalem such as the scenic lookout point on the Haas Promenade, where you’ll be able to see all of Jerusalem’s iconic skyline, The Knesset’s (Israeli Parliament) Rose Gardens, the First Station cultural complex, and much more. Finally, you’ll visit the bustling, world-famous Machane Yehuda Market, where locals and tourists all come together to soak up the flavors and scents of everything this famous market has to offer. - Description and images by Tourist Israel
Take in the panoramic views of Jerusalem from the top of Mount Scopus. Then, travel down the mount passing the Biblical Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, and Kidron Valley that holds monumental Jewish tombs. In the Jewish Quarter, we see the Cardo; the Byzantine-era main street of Jerusalem. We stop at the sacred Western Wall to place a prayer note between the ancient stones of the wall. The tour follows part of the Via Dolorosa to the stunning Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here, we see the site of Christ’s crucifixion and his burial tomb. After a lunch break and walk through the Old City bazaar we travel to new Jerusalem. Driving through the modern city we reach Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum. The museum’s exhibits include authentic artifacts, original documents, photos, and video testimonials of Holocaust survivors. Hotel pick-up is additionally offered and available to anyone on the tour.
We connect people to Israel by curating engaging and interactive virtual experiences through Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Our programs take participants on a deep dive into a variety of topics from ancient and modern Israel. You tell us your interests and we can build a program for you. Some of our tours include: Jerusalem of three faiths or Jewish heritage Jerusalem Temple Mount and the Holy of Holies Jewish Quarter, Mount Zion and the 6 day War Life in the Jewish Communities along the Gaza Strip Geopolitics, the Golan Heights and the Iron dome Wonder Women thru Jewish history Culinary tour of Machene Yehuda, Akko, Lewinsky, etc Graffiti tour of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Banksys Bethlehem Nature, language, the Bible and the land of Israel Ancient and Modern Jaffa Givat Haviva and Coexistence Wellness, Spirituality and the Negev The Kings
I’ve been always fascinated by our small but special land of Israel. So small but so much to see, so much history and many experiences to collect. I’m lucky to discover my passion in an early stage of life, and even more lucky to share that passion with people from all around the globe. I believe that a tour guide real role is to make you feel the heart of the land of Israel by reviving its history and connecting it to the present and the future. - Eli Vogman
My name is Amit Musaei. My life hobby is to travel and explore the land of Israel. at 2013 I decided to make a living from my passion and became a Licensed Tour Guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Israel. Nowadays I guide independent tourist & groups. I expertise in History, religions & ancient cultures. Through my tours I connect my travelers to the history of the land by showing the abundance of archaeological evidence, walking through world heritage sites & through Israel’s diverse nature. To enhance the experience we meet locals and travelers get to learn about Israel’s society. When leading spiritual tours aspect of religions comes alive either by following Jesus footsteps or when coming to experience the land of the Jewish ancestors following the bible. When touring in Israel Geopolitics would always be an interest, as a tour guide I am offering different aspects and trying to be unbiased. Contact me on any question regarding your future visit to Israel. I am offering guiding services all around Israel and will plan the tour to your requests and interest. - Amit Musaei
We are a family of tour guides in Israel, fluent in English and Hebrew. We specialize in private tours for any size group, and especially love taking families and tight-knit groups of friends. We will help you customize a trip to fit your interests and schedule. Anything from exhilarating tornado boat rides in Akko to historical landmarks and kevarim. We love this country and we love sharing it with others!
Cinema Hostel Jerusalem is a new, cinema-themed young hostel located in the very center of Jerusalem. Built inside the legendary Orion Cinema, the hostel creates a unique environment on a backdrop of your favorite classic films. Perfectly placed for exploring, the Cinema Hostel also offers tours and activities, so you’re always around friends!