Many visitors find this museum invaluable in mapping Jerusalem's often-confusing historical byways. Housed in a series of medieval halls, known locally as the Citadel (Hametzuda in Hebrew), the museum tells the city's four-millennia story through models, maps, holograms, and videos. The galleries are organized by historical period around the Citadel's central courtyard, where the old stone walls and arches add an appropriately antique atmosphere. Walking on the
Citadel ramparts provides unexpected panoramas. The basement has a model of 19th-century Jerusalem. Be sure to inquire at the ticket office about the next screening of the animated introductory film (which has English subtitles), and don't miss the spectacular view from the top of the big tower. Guided tours in English are offered at 11. You'll need at least 90 minutes to do justice to this museum.
The stunning outdoor "Night Spectacular" is a 45-minute sound-and-light pageant of historical images played onto the ancient stone walls and towers. The outdoor event runs throughout the year (unless it rains) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights, with anywhere from two to four shows a night.
Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, 97600, Israel
02-626–5333; 02-626–5310-for recorded info