The Israel Museum
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world.
Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.
Architecture of the museum is complemented by the unique Shrine of the Book, which was designed to resemble the lids of the jars and houses the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found at Qumran hidden caves. It is here that they are preserved and presented to the public.
The museum, that is too large to conquer in one day, offers exhibits on archeology, a stunning worldwide Judaic section, classic and modern art with constantly rotating exhibits, a fantastic selection of both local and international modern art and a world-class sculpture garden, a children's museum and much more.
The museum has undergone a massive 100 million dollar renovation between 2007 and 2010. The purpose of the renovation was to enhance the visitor’s experience.
The Model of Jerusalem
The Model of Jerusalem and the Second Temple is a part of the Israel Museum grounds. It is a 3-dimensional model, presenting Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple period, at the scale of 1:50, is displaying Jerusalem at its peak, before it has been destroyed around the year 70CE.
The model was previously presented at the Holyland Hotel and in 2006 has been transferred, together with its scale topographic platform, to the museum. The size of the model is 2000 square feet and its most impressive structure is the Temple itself. You feel you have traveled in time to Jerusalem BCE.
Over the years, the model has attracted thousands of visitors to travel to Israel and to Jerusalem.
The Model provides historical context to the Shrine of the Book’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Arts Museum
This Museum of Art is displaying exhibitions of artists from Israel and abroad and is divided into themes: European Art, Modern Art of the late 19th century, Israeli Art, Photography, Art of Asia, Africa and America.
The collection of art works and Judaica also includes Jewish property art objects that had been stolen during World War II in Europe.
In 1954 the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Organization added to the museum a collection of many paintings that belonged to the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
The Art Garden
The Billy Rose Art Garden is an outdoor presentation of the works of art of 19th and 20th century world renowned artists as well as prominent Israeli artists. The garden, with its unique sculptures, has been placed and designed to allow the visitors to personally examine, review and contemplate the impact of the natural and artistic beauty.
It is also successful hosting various cultural events from time to time.
Youth Art Education
The Art Education Department presents a wide range of activities, unique in size and scope: projects, activities, happenings and ongoing programs. About 100,000 schoolchildren from all over Israel advance their knowledge and skills and enjoy the department facilities.
The Youth Department includes galleries, art studios, lecture rooms, library and a recycling room.