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Bible Lands Museum

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 in Jerusalem near Israel Museum

Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem near Israel Museum

History of this Museum

The Museum, located in Givat Ram near the Israel Museum in 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."

Main Gallery of the Museum

Main Gallery of the Museum

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.

Bible Lands Museum

Archaeological discoveries at the Museum

Archaeological discoveries at the Museum

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
  • Symbolic communication
  • 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
  • Hellenistic dominions
  • Rome and Judea
  • Roman and Coptic Egypt
  • Mesopotamia - home of the Babylonian Talmud

Activities for children at the Bible Land Museum

Activities for children at the Bible Land Museum

The Bible Land 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

Address: Museum Row
Near the Israel Museum
25 Avraham Granot Street,
Phone: 02-5611066

Opening Hours:

  • 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

For more information visit Bible Lands Museum Website


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