The Bible Lands Museum
in Hebrew “Museum Artzot Hamikra” dedicates its efforts to exhibit as much as possible about the cultures and history of the peoples that inhabited this area concentrating in the ancient world from the very beginnings to the early Christian era.
Among the most influential are the ancient Canaanites, Egyptians, Arameans, Philistines, Phoenicians and Persians among others. Here you will learn about their daily lives and rituals through a journey in time.
Bible Lands Museum Tour
The museum is located in Jerusalem by the famous Israel Musem. It is easy to get to and you might want to combine your visit
with other interesting institutes in the area such the Knesset, museum of science (great for kids) and Israel museum
History of this museum
The Museum, located in Givat Ram near the Israel Museum Jerusalem was founded in 1992 by Elie Borowski to house his personal collection. On a previous visit in 1981 he was encouraged to bring his collection to Israel and build a museum following his vision. Then City mayor Teddy Kolllek made it possible for him to do just that.
Quoting Dr Borowsky, a Near Eastern scholar who built this collection during a period of 40 years:
“Each of the objects has its time in history, its location in space, its meaning in religion and daily life, and last but not least, its beauty and artistry.”
Exhibits at the Bible Lands Museum
The main gallery displays hundreds of artifacts and ancient documents, all documented in the wall next to it. Others have next to it an elaborate article explaining it precedence such as the origin of the alphabet, Abrahams Journey from Ur to the Promised Land.
You may also see small models of ancient sites of Jerusalem and the neighboring countries, such as the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
Exhibits on the Main Gallery
All displays are ordered chronologically. In the case of two civilizations that existed at the same time, they are displayed together side by side.
From hunter to urban dweller
The coming of civilizations
Literate voices, the story of writing
The pre-patriarchal world
The Sumerian temple
Old kingdom of Egypt
Genesis 14, the age of warfare
The age of the patriarchs
When Israel sojourned in Egypt
The sea peoples
The arrival of the Iranian horsemen
Stones of Aram
Israel among the nations
Assyria, the rod of my anger
The splendor of Persia
Rome and Judea
Roman and Coptic Egypt
Mesopotamia – home of the Babylonian Talmud
and more changing galleries exhibitions
Bible Lands Museum Tour
The Bible Lands Museum hosts a wonderful program of Saturday evening concerts, including wine and cheese, offering concerts with the country’s most talented musicians, many of them new immigrants.
The museum offers tours in English and Hebrew on a daily basis. For special groups and other languages, please contact them
Tzur Tours offer to visit at the bible land museum as part of our Israel private tour when touring Jerusalem
Address: Museum Row
Near the Israel Museum
25 Avraham Granot Street,
Sun- Mon-Tue-Thu – 09:30 – 17:30
Wed – 09:30 – 21:30
Fri & Holiday Eves – 09:30 – 14:00
Saturday – 10:00 – 15:00
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