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The Israel Museum
The Israel Museum is located in Jerusalem’s Givat Ram neighborhood, near the Knesset, the Supreme Court, and the Givat Ram campus of Hebrew University. Founded in 1965, the 50,000-sq meter museum serves as a major center for art (particularly Jewish art) and the archeology in the Middle East. Museum highlights include the Shrine of the Book (a separate structure housing ancient manuscripts), the Bezalel Art Wing with its large collection of European and Israeli art, a Judaica and Jewish Ethnography collection (ancient and modern) drawn broadly from the Jewish Diaspora, the Billy Rose Art Garden (featuring modern and abstract sculpture), and the Second Temple model—a 1:50 representation of Jerusalem as it may have existed before the Great Revolt of 66 CE. The museum also administers Ticho House, which features the art of Anna Ticho and provides a venue for chamber music, and the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, which houses a major collection of local artifacts excavated during the period of the British Mandate. Facilities include restaurants (in all three locations), gift shop, bicycle parking, and many areas that are handicap accessible. Admission is fee based.
The Shrine of the Book
The Shrine of the Book houses the Israel Museum’s center for the display and study of ancient biblical manuscripts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex. The Shrine is arranged in a manner that traces the development of the Hebrew Bible, with older manuscripts placed in the upper galleries and more recent ones in the lower galleries. Architect Frederick John Kiesler’s unique design of the building is symbolic on multiple levels. Thus it serves as a sanctuary—or ‘shrine’—reflecting the deep spiritual commitment of generations of scribes who labored to copy and preserve these holy books. The white dome of the structure is intended to represent the lids of the manuscript jars in which many of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Shrine is build two-thirds above ground and one-third below, surrounded by a reflecting pool. In contrast to the white dome is a nearby wall of black basalt. These elements are intended to represent the spiritual struggle between the forces of light and darkness, good and evil. Access to the shrine is through a corridor that suggests a cave—the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls lay hidden for nearly 2000 years.
Supreme Court of Israel
The new building housing the Supreme Court of Israel was built in 1992 and sits in direct line between the entrance to the city at the north and the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) to the south. The overall concept was to build a walkway where theoretically, one could walk from arriving in Jerusalem to the Courthouse, through the rose garden and to the Knesset. Unfortunately, due to security reasons, the passageway from inside the courthouse into to the rose garden is not left open, and nor is the gate between the rose garden and the entrance to the Knesset. However, this walk is still possible from the outside. The court building is at the centre of this walk, and on a ridge which allows views of both the centre of town (but not as far as the old city), and Sachar Park (Jerusalem's largest public park) on the east, as well as the Israel Museum and Hebrew University campus on the west. The court is in session almost all year round hearing cases brought to it. Guided tours are available on weekdays - once a day in English and once a day in Hebrew (except during the month of August). Larger groups (over 10) can also arrange for tours as well.
The museum is located on Givat Ha-Tachmoshet, the Ammunition Hill, the place were a bloody battle took place during the 6-Day war in 1967. When the Israeli soldiers managed to capture this very hill it was possible for their forces to gain access to the Old City. The fortification on top of the hill has been preserved as it was and is home to an underground museum to commemorate those who died during the war. An exhibition showcases the stages of the war, there are maps, weapons and more on display and you can walk through the trenches. Opening hours: Sunday Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (until 3 pm during the summer months) Fridays and Holiday eves 08:00 am - 02:00pm Admission: Adults 10 NIS Children 6 NIS Students and Senior Citizens 8 NIS Public transport: Bus Lines 4,9,25,26