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Ammunition Hill – National Memorial Site
In the early 1930s, the British mandatory authorities built a police academy in northern Jerusalem. The ammunition was stored on the nearby hill, which became known as Ammunition Hill. The Jordanians captured parts of northern Jerusalem in the 1948 War, and the police academy and Ammunition Hill became outposts to help prevent Israel from connecting to its Mt. Scopus enclave. On the morning of June 7, 1967, during the Six Day War, a bloody battle was waged on Ammunition Hill, which was ultimately taken by Israeli soldiers and opened the way to Israel’s capture of the Old City.In 1975, at the initiative of the grieving families and comrades-in-arms of the fallen soldiers, a memorial site and museum was dedicated on Ammunition Hill, and 182 olive trees were planted – the number of the fallen in the battles for Jerusalem in the Six Day War. In 1987, Ammunition Hill was declared a National Memorial Site.
Visitors can tour the battle site; view the museum’s permanent exhibit, devoted to battles fought for Jerusalem in the Six Day War; see an audiovisual presentation; and commune with the fallen soldiers at the Golden Wall, on which the soldiers’ names are inscribed.

Address: 5 Shragai, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 582-8442, (02) 582-9392

Anna Ticho House Museum
This is the house of Dr. Avraham Albert Ticho, a renowned ophthalmologist, and his wife, the artist Anna Ticho, who moved there in 1912. Its first floor serves as a gallery and library, as well as a museum shop and restaurant. On the second floor, the works of Anna Ticho are displayed; the second floor also includes the office of Dr. Ticho with his collection of Hanukkah lamps.
The house, which was one of the first built outside the Old City walls, is architecturally impressive and it includes a lovely courtyard that serves as part of the restaurant. The museum, which is operated by the Israel Museum, also hosts cultural activities.

Address: 9 Harav Kook, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 624-5068 

Ariel - Center for Jerusalem
in the First Temple Period, Yad Ben-Zvi

The story of Jerusalem in the days of the great biblical kings is presented in a three-dimensional audiovisual production, screened on a large topographical model of the city. Visitors can also see an exhibit with models, illustrations, and copies of archaeological finds. The story of the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem, which took place about 2,600 years ago, is presented in the exhibition “Like a Bird in a Cage.” A new model reconstructs the city’s appearance with its houses and Temple and an audiovisual presentation focuses on the spirit of the period.
At the site there is active guiding that enables visitors to experience the moments of tension of the First Temple period and get to know the residents of the city and their way of life.The center is closed for renovations until Rosh Hashanah.

Address: Bonei Hahoma, corner of Plugat Hakotel, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 628-6288

Rabbi Kook House
The house in which Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first chief rabbi of the Land of Israel, lived until his death was renovated and reconstructed with an eye to preserving its original character. In the southern section of the house is the rabbi’s room with its original furnishings. The room that served as the library of the yeshiva and as the women’s prayer gallery contains a permanent exhibition focusing on the rabbi’s life and work. The house also contains the synagogue, in which the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva operated in its early days.The northern section, which served as the family’s residence, features a reading room, documentation center, and pedagogical center. Torah lessons and study days are held at the site.
Groups can watch an audiovisual presentation about the life of Rabbi Kook, have a lesson in one of the subjects of his teachings, and tour various parts of Jerusalem in the footsteps of the rabbi.

Address: 9 Rav Kook St., Jerusalem  Tel. (02) 623-2560

 Beit Shai Agnon
This is the two-story house where Nobel prize-winning author S.Y. Agnon resided. On the ground floor, the living room has been preserved. Its character teaches us about the modesty and simplicity that typified Agnon’s family life. The other rooms in the house feature exhibits of photographs, paintings, and other items.
Agnon’s study, with its extensive and unique library containing thousands of books, is on the second floor. Various items that belonged to Agnon are also exhibited here, including the typewriter on which his wife Esther typed his stories from his handwriting.
The room beside the library contains, among other things, Agnon’s Nobel Prize and Israel Prize certificates. Study days, lectures, and workshops are held in the reading room, and tours in Jerusalem on the theme of Agnon and his works are organized.

Address: 16 Klausner, Talpiot, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 671-6498

Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem
The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem presents the cultures of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, such as the Hittites, Philistine, Arameans, and Phoenicians, covering areas ranging from ancient Egypt to the Fertile Crescent, to Afghanistan, and from Nubia to the Caucusus Mountains.
The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and cultural events -lectures, concerts, and activities for children.

Address: Shderot Hamuze’onim, 25 Granot, Jerusalem
Tel. (02) 561-1066 

Bloomfield - Science Museum
This museum plans, exhibits, and produces interactive exhibitions in the fields of science and technology. People of all ages can have a hands-on experience here. Science is presented to the public in a simple and attractive way. A staff of guides – students in the sciences – helps enrich the visit.

Address: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 654-4888 

Castel National Park
Castel National Park is located on the ruins of a Crusader castle and an Arab village. In the War of Independence, the site was an important army post, which overlooked the main road to Jerusalem, and bloody battles were fought for control of the Castel. Reconstructed bunkers and trenches can be seen at the site, complete with explanatory signs. From the top of the hill there is a breathtaking view of the Judean Mountains.

Address: Castel National Park in Mevasseret Zion
Tel. (02) 533-0476

Herzl Museum
The Herzl Museum is located on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, beside the graves of the leaders of the nation. The museum, which was founded in 1960, a century after the birth of Theodor Herzl, has been renovated and updated, and now uses state-of-the-art simulations to take the visitor back in time to the various periods in Herzl’s life. Another section of the museum presents a re-creation of Herzl’s study with some of the actual furnishings and papers it contained.

Address: Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 643-3266

Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, is home to an encyclopedic collection of Israeli, Jewish, and general art and archaeology, ranging from the Dead Sea Scrolls to contemporary works of art. Its archaeology, Judaica and Jewish ethnography, art, and youth wings contain a wealth of treasures. The museum offers tours daily in a variety of languages as well as educational and cultural programs for visitors of all ages.

Address: Rupin Blvd., Jerusalem Tel. (02) 670-8811, website: www.imj.org.il

Jerusalem Archaeological Park. Davidson Center
This archaeological park contains remains from the Second Temple period, such as the stairway up to the Hulda Gates, which led to the Temple, and huge stones from the Western Wall, which remained after the destruction of the Temple on the floor of the “Herodian Street.” Among the other features of the site are Robinson’s Arch – an enormous stairway via which Second Temple-period pilgrims climbed up to the Temple Mount; buildings from the Hasmonean and Byzantine periods; and remains of Umayyad palaces.
The Davidson Center is located within the archaeological garden, and its sophisticated displays recount 2,000 years of Jerusalem’s history. There is also an interactive virtual model of the Temple Mount, as it looked it in the Second Temple period.

Address: The foot of the southern wall in the Old City
Tel. (02) 627-7550

Kfar Etzion – House of Testimony
of the Heritage of the Etzion Bloc

This museum features exhibits on such themes as settlement in the Etzion Bloc and land and water problems. There are depictions of the siege of the Etzion Bloc in Israel’s War of Independence; attempts to break through to the bloc; evacuation of mothers and children and the battles until the fall of the bloc. A relief map shows the bloc’s structure, communities, army posts, and battles in the War of Independence. The concluding panel is devoted to “Lonely Tree,” the symbol of the Etzion Bloc in the years of being cut off from it and the days of the return to the bloc after the Six Day War.
In the garden, visitors can commune with the memory of the 240 who fell in battles for the bloc, and an audiovisual presentation tells the story of the area.

Address: Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Tel. (02) 993-5160, (02) 993-8308

L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art
This museum presents a collection of Islamic art from the seventh century until today in the geographic expanse that extends from Spain to India, providing a showcase for the achievements of the people of the Islamic culture. It also hosts temporary exhibitions on Islam-related themes and possesses a collection of clocks.

Address: 2 Hapalmah, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 566-1291, (02) 566-1292

Motza
Visitors to Motza, just outside of Jerusalem, can view the old synagogue and remains of the early houses of the colony, which was founded in the late 1800s. The synagogue is in a Crusader building, constructed on remains of a Byzantine building. A guided tour of the site tells the story of the colony.

Tel. (02) 534-3467

Museum on the Seam (Tourjeman House)
This museum is located on the seam between religious and secular neighborhoods, between the eastern and western sides of the city. The building served as a battle position, as attested by its facade, scarred with bullet holes. This is an activist museum that makes use of artistic tools to ease tension between various groups in the country and convey the importance of communication.

Address: 4 Hel Handasa, Jerusalem Tel. (02) 628-1278

Old Yishuv Court Museum
This museum preserves the memory of the Old Yishuv, the Jewish population that lived in the Old City of Jerusalem until Israel’s War of Independence (1948). The exhibition reconstructs residential rooms from three periods: the Ottoman period, the late nineteenth century, and the British Mandate period. The Ari Synagogue, which is reconstructed in one of the rooms according to the tradition of the Sephardic community, is the place in which Rabbi Yitzhak Luria (Ha’ari) was born. Another synagogue within the confines of the museum is the Ashkenazi Or Hahaim Synagogue. A special emphasis has been placed on crafts practiced in the Old Yishuv and enterprises, such as the Berman Bakery and Efrat Wineries, that took their first steps in the Jewish Quarter.

Address: 6 Or Hahayim St., Jerusalem
Tel. (02) 627-6319, (02) 628-4636

Sergei Courtyard
The Sergei courtyard was created at the end of the nineteenth century as part of a hostel for affluent pilgrims from Russia. Today the site houses the offices of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Ministry of Agriculture. The compound serves as a cultural center for acquaintance with Jerusalem.

Address: 13 Heleni Hamalka, Jerusalem
Tel. (02) 625-7682, (02) 625-2357

Underground Prisoners Museum
This is a reconstruction of the prison in which activists in the Jewish underground were held by the British during the mandate period. Visitors can see an exhibition about the history of the British Mandate, the Haganah, the IZL and Lehi underground organizations, and life in the prison. They can watch a short film and tour the prison, including the solitary confinement area and the gallows room.In the course of the tour, guides describe life in the prison. The story of the struggle for a national home is told, as are stories of the fighters and the deeds that caused them to be sent to prison or the gallows. The museum is operated by the Ministry of Defense.

Address: 1 Mishol Hagevora, Russian Compound, Jerusalem
Tel. (02) 623-3166

 

 


 

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Ammunition Hill
Anna Ticho House Museum
Ariel – Ancient Jerusalem Center
Rabbi Kook House
Beit Shai Agnon
Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem
Bloomfield Science Museum
Castel National Park
Herzl Museum
Israel Museum Jerusalem

Jerusalem Archaeological Park
Kfar Etzion – House of  Heritage Mayer Museum for Islamic Art Motza
Museum on the Seam
Old Yishuv Court Museum
Sergei Courtyard
Underground Prisoners Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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