Jerusalem Art Galleries
The plethora of galleries of Jerusalem offer much more than just Israeli art works and are both numerous and recommended. One of the best of Jerusalem's art galleries is the Mardigian Museum of Armenian Art and Culture, which is to be found within the city's historical Armenian Quarter, where it celebrates the rich heritage of this important community.
As well as displaying Armenian art works within its gallery spaces, visitors to Mardigian Museum of Armenian Art and Culture will also discover various ceramics and religious relics collected from Jerusalem and beyond, together with some very historic books and posters. Souvenirs can be purchased at the onsite gift shop.
Mardigian Museum of Armenian Art and Culture
Address: St. James Street, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 628 2331
Discover more about Israel's enormous Armenian population at the in-depth Mardigian Museum of Armenian Art and Culture, which takes a look at the art, heritage and culture of this ethnic group. Armenians have inhabited the region since the 3rd century, with many current Armenian residents being descendants of refugees who fled the 1915 Ottoman massacres of Armenians.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 16:30
Address: 12 Shmuel Hanagid, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 625 2636
Lying on the western side of Jerusalem and known for its ever-changing displays, the Artist's House features a total of five different exhibition rooms, where all kinds of local Israeli artists come to showcase their latest paintings, sculptures, designs and photographs. The building itself is especially impressive and boasts a rather Arabesque-style facade, while inside, you will also find both a cafe and shop selling many art works.
Open hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 10:00 to 13:00, 16:00 to 19:00, Friday - 10:00 to 13:00, Saturday - 11:00 to 14:00, Sunday - 16:00 to 19:00
U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
Address: 27 Hillel Street, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 624 1610
Managed by the Jerusalem Italian Jews Association (JIJA), the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art was established in 1981, in an attempt to preserve various objects and art works relating to Jewish life in Italy
, both from the past and present. Around 40,000 people now visit this museum each year, enjoying its glorious Conegliano Veneto Synagogue and acclaimed concerts.
Open hours: Monday - 09:00 to 14:00, Tuesday and Wednesday - 09:00 to 17:00, Thursday and Friday - 09:00 to 13:00, Saturday and Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
Address: New Gate, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 628 2811
Sited in the historical Old City's Christian Quarter of Jerusalem, the Gallery Anadiel really does warrant a visit, particularly if modern art is your thing. Opened since the early part of the 1990s, many famous international artists have graced the walls of the Anadiel over the years and continue to do so. Both Israeli and Palestinian also often showcase their offerings here.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 16:00 to 20:00
Address: 28 King George Street, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 625 0916
An excellent contemporary Israeli gallery with numerous pieces by noteworthy Zionist artists, the Mayanot Gallery offers an extensive permanent collection. Many of the paintings tend to be of a religious nature, depicting some of the better-known biblical scenes. Various paintings and prints are also for sale at a range of affordable prices.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday - 10:00 to 19:00, Friday - 10:00 to 14:00, or by special appointment
Ofra Friedland Gallery
Address: 60 King George Street, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 625 5320
The Ofra Friedland Gallery offers a strong contemporary flair, with pieces reflecting various different aspects of Jewish life in Israel
. Many of the pieces are for sale and if you are worried that you won't have space in your suitcase, then the miniature oil paintings may well be of interest.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00