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Bible Lands Museum

PURE GOLD Exhibition, photo by: Moshe Caine

Bible Lands Museum Review

Most archaeological museums group artifacts according to their place of origin, but the curators here have abandoned this method in favor of a chronological display. Exhibits cover a period of more than six thousand years—from the prehistoric Neolithic period to that of the Byzantine Empire—and sweep geographically from Afghanistan to Nubia (present-day Sudan). Rare clay vessels, fertility idols, cylinder seals, ivories, and sarcophagi fill the soaring, naturally lighted galleries. Look for the ancient Egyptian wooden coffin, in a stunning state of preservation.

The concept of the museum is intriguing, but some have criticized its methodology. A concept was imposed on a largely preexisting collection, rather than a collection being created item by selected item to illustrate a concept. Plan on an hour to see the permanent exhibition —a guided tour will enhance the experience—and check out the interesting (and sometimes spectacular) temporary exhibitions downstairs.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 25 Granot St., Givat Ram, Jerusalem, 91046 | Map It
  • Phone: 02/561–1066
  • Cost: NIS 40
  • Hours: Sun.–Tues. and Thurs. 9:30–5:30, Wed. 9:30–9:30, Fri. and Jewish holiday eves 10–2, Sat. 10–2. English, guided tours Sun.–Tues, Thurs., and Fri. at 10:30, Wed. at 10:30 and 5:30.
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  • Location: West Jerusalem
Updated: 05-19-2013

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