Jerusalem features some of the best and most interesting museums in the country. Whether you are interested in science workshops, historical relics from the city's religious sites, or an insight into the Holocaust, Jerusalem has a whole host of facilities to support learning and education.
Highlights include the Israel Museum Jerusalem, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world's most ancient manuscript. In addition, the Yad Vashem Memorial and Holocaust Museum is one of the globe's most moving and comprehensive accounts of the Holocaust and honours the victims and those who made attempts to save them.
Israel Museum Jerusalem
Address: Ruppin Boulevard, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 670 8811
A highlight of any trip to the city is a visit to Jerusalem's primary cultural museum. Featuring in excess of 500,000 exhibits, including the world's oldest manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as many Jewish relics, the Israel Museum is spread across a number of buildings. Of particular interest to tourists, the sculpture garden houses works by Henry Moore and offers plenty of respite.
Open hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday- 10:00 to 17:00, Tuesday - 16:00 to 21:00, Friday - 10:00 to 14:00
Admission: charge, multiple-entry tickets available
Bloomfield Science Museum
Address: Ruppin Boulevard, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 654 4888
Appealing to visitors of all ages, the highly interactive Bloomfield Science Museum features a range of lively workshops, activity areas and live demonstrations to keep you entertained. Children will particularly enjoy the hands-on nature of the exhibits.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday - 10:00 to 18:00, Friday - 10:00 to 14:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 15:00
Admission: charge, family tickets available, discount for Yerushalmi card holders, seniors and students, children five years old and under are free
Yad Vashem Memorial and Holocaust Museum
Address: Har Hazikaron, Jerusalem, 91034, Israel, IL,
Tel: +972 02 644 3400
This moving account of the death of millions of Jews during the Holocaust is both educational and macabre. The history of this event is demonstrated through interesting exhibits, artworks, artefacts and a research centre that deserves a few hours of exploration. The onsite bookstore at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Memorial and Holocaust Museum features CD ROMs, videos and books on the subject for those who want to know more.
Open hours: Sunday to Wednesday - 09:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 09:00 to 20:00, Friday - 09:00 to 14:00
Admission: free, no entry to Holocaust History Museum for children 10 years old and under
Address: 2 Hakaraim Street, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 628 7211
Raised by the Romans as long ago as 70 BC, this house has today been excavated to reveal interesting artefacts from the city's Roman past. Among the fascinating finds at Burnt House are a woman's arm bone, spearheads, a coin mould, and various stone vessels.
Open hours: Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Thursday - 09:00 to 17:00, Friday - 09:00 to 13:00
Natural History Museum
Address: 6 Mohulever Street, Jerusalem, 91086, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 536 1116
Located on the western side of the city, the Natural History Museum is the perfect attraction for those with children. Always very popular is the display relating to dinosaurs and reptiles, while further exhibits concentrate on the various creatures of Israel
, including very colourful stuffed birds and dioramas. Other highlights include local rocks and minerals, summer nature camps and audio-visuals.
Open hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday - 08:30 to 13:30, Monday and Wednesday - 08:30 to 18:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 14:00