Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem

Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem (must see)

The Rockefeller Museum houses one of the world’s best collections of artifacts from the Jerusalem area. The archeological digs were started here in the 19th century and were centered in the Ottoman area of Palestine. In more modern times, this place is managed by the Israel Museum and houses the offices of the Antiquities Authority for the country.

The British Mandate era was a time of great turmoil in Palestine. The Ottoman Empire of the day had all but left this area for waste, not considering it of much use. Indeed, this geographic area had been in decline since its fall in the wake of World War I. During that time in history, with Jewish and Arab immigrants moving here, colonial authorities were eager to assert control over the area. Perhaps the best outcome was that many old artifacts were found, cataloged, and studied.

The museum has been loaded with a considerable amount of unearthed archaeological pieces from locations across the region. Many of the exhibits will be a “work in progress” for some time to come. Despite this fact, this place is a must-see for anyone who comes to visit the area.

Tip:
From the museum's grounds, you get a great view of Mt Scopus and Old City.
All exhibits are explained fully and you are not rushed in your touring.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu: 10am-3pm; Sat: 10am-2pm
Closed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and holiday eves

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Sight Name: Rockefeller Archaeological Museum
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks of Jerusalem Walking Tour   Jerusalem Museums Walking Tour  

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