Art Galleries of Jerusalem Walking Tour, Jerusalem (Self Guided)

Jerusalem is considered sacred by the three great monotheistic religions of the world. There are art galleries that reflect the influence of these religions on the artists of Jerusalem. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited art galleries of Jerusalem.
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Art Galleries of Jerusalem Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries of Jerusalem Walking Tour
Guide Location: Israel » Jerusalem (See other walking tours in Jerusalem)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: vickyc
CADIM Ceramic Art Gallery

1) CADIM Ceramic Art Gallery

CADIM Ceramic Art Gallery displays the works of famous Israeli artists.

What to buy here: Israeli Ceramics.

Nahalat Shiva is a trendy street of galleries, cafes, and restaurants, a few blocks from the Midrachov. On Yoel Salomon Street there are three ceramic cooperative shops, presenting the work of forty of Israel’s most talented ceramicists. The range of styles and techniques is broad, reflecting the cultural heritage of the artists.

Cadim is located at 4 Moshe Solomon Street. Founded in 1987, it displays the work of 15 artists, who also manage and staff the store. The goal of the Cadim potters is “to exhibit and sell their work directly to the public, thereby creating contact between customer and artist.”

All artists live in or near Jerusalem and their styles are distinctive. Russian-born Leonid Gosin takes his inspiration from nature and the poetry of daily life. Nitsan Stern is influenced by Japanese aesthetics and Israeli scenery. Rani Gilat tries to achieve “simplicity and pureness of the shape” in porcelain. Argentinian born Edith Adi hand builds her pottery and uses various printing techniques.

Goods are sold at studio prices, ranging from $10.00 for little clay jars to $200.00 for large pieces with 18K gold designs. Hamsas and pins with printed designs and gold sell for $10.00.

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday from 10am to 2.30pm.
Vision Fine Art Photography Gallery

2) Vision Fine Art Photography Gallery

Vision Fine Art Photography Gallery displays the photos of Neil Folberg and other fine modern photographers. You can contemplate photos of landscapes and bold modern photos. There are also some vintage photos that date back to 19th century.
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 1-7 PM
Yaakov Greenvurcel Gallery

3) Yaakov Greenvurcel Gallery

Yaakov Greenvurcel is an outstanding Israel artist of ritual objects. His creations are hand made and of high quality. His art has been exhibited in many countries in the world and he is the winner of many awards.
Lucien Krief Gallery

4) Lucien Krief Gallery

Founded by Lucien Krief in the late 1980s, the Lucien Krief Gallery is located in the gallery section of Jerusalem on King David Street next to the King David Hotel. The gallery has acquired a worldwide recognition as being among the finest sources of contemporary and classical Jewish and Israeli Fine Art, antique judaica and silver. In addition, Mr. Krief, an accomplished painter and sculptor, promotes other artists and aids collectors in the development of their private collections.
Museum for Islamic Art

5) Museum for Islamic Art (must see)

The Museum for Islamic Art is a premier museum in Jerusalem, located very close to the residence of the President of Israel. The location was opened to the public in 1974 and was founded by Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons. You may not find a better art gallery either, for the presentation of the art of the Muslim people.

Though not of that faith tradition, Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons had a great love of the culture of Islam. She was very interested in helping the world know that religion alone did not define this people. She was expressly interested in the beautiful calligraphy that was some common in the handwriting of this area. She noted also that the various Muslim regions of the world had their own “flare” in the art of the writing as well.

The institute itself was dedicated to Ms. Salomons’ professor: L.A. Mayer, who passed away in 1959. It was her hope that opening this place would allow art to help bridge the gap between the Israeli and Arabs.

There are nine galleries in total, which depict the culture, faith, and art of the Islamic people across the world. The museum also is home to Professor Mayer’s personal collection. Displayed here are some of the world’s finest examples of chess pieces, eye masks, daggers, swords, helmets, textiles, glass items, etc. The rooms are laid out in chronological order. One spot also houses the pieces owned by David Salomon, the husband of the founder. Some of the finest examples of handmade clocks from the 1700s through the 1800s are kept here. You can also find some exquisite artisan-style music boxes from that time in history.

Why You Should Visit:
Untainted by political commentary, the museum tells the story of Islam itself, accompanied by exquisite pieces of art that capture the importance of the religion's various aspects.
Lately, the museum went through a process of innovation, bringing to the public highlights of modern artists linked with Islamic arts.

If possible, try to see the film about the clocks & timepieces before looking at the world-class collection thereof.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 10am-3pm; Thu: 10am-7pm; Fri, Sat: 10am-2pm
Chagall Windows

6) Chagall Windows

The famous stained glass Windows are located at Hadassah Hospital. They are the main focal point of the synagogue located there. They are the creation of the famed artist Marc Chagall. Many consider this his best work in that medium.

There are twelve stained-glass windows in all. Each one of them depicts a different tribe of Israel. Each work also has its own color scheme, The beautiful works of art transform the whole prayer space into something quite stunning, to say the least.

For most of their history, Jewish people have not been well represented in the visual arts. This may well be due to the fact that Mosaic Law forbid the creation of graven images. Most artist would not even include the images of animals in their work.

This really changed, though, in the modern era of art. The Jewish identity started becoming better portrayed in the work of the time. One of the famous artists of the day, Modigliani, was a very outspoken proponent of the change. Yet, it took Marc Chagall to make what one might truly call Jewish art.

Sadly, one of the beautiful windows was damaged during the 1967 war. Chagall redid the glass. In fact, he is often quoted as having said the hospital administration that they should “worry about the defense of Israel, and he would make them new, more beautiful windows.”

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Jerusalem for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Jerusalem has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Jerusalem's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Jerusalem City Pass by Ticketbar, Jerusalem City Pass by Musement, or Jerusalem City Pass by Viator.

A city pass combines all Jerusalem's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows user to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Jerusalem hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem, The David Citadel Hotel, Prima Kings Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Jerusalem, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Jerusalem typically costs somewhere between US$10+ and US$90 per person:

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of Jerusalem – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.

- Provoke your contemplating eternal matters on a mixed (coach and walking) tour of Jerusalem, the city where the ancient and religious are intertwined more than anywhere else in the world. With the help of an expert guide try and perceive the profound meaning and context behind the holy Christian and Jewish sites of Old and New Jerusalem.

- Visit the places that once saw Jesus Christ in flesh, feel the tales of the Bible become real on a walking tour of Jerusalem led by a knowledgeable local guide. Walk the stones of Via Dolorosa in the footsteps of the Messiah to his crucifixion and learn more about that pivotal day in human history.

- Explore the city of three religions through the eyes of Jewish, Christian and Muslim worshipers on a 4-hour guided walk of Old Jerusalem to the holy places and landmarks revered in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and learn about the religious beliefs associated with them.

- Tantalize your taste buds with the scents and sights of exotic delicacies fit to arouse anyone's appetite on a 3-hour guided tour of Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s biggest outdoor market! Explore the city's favorite marketplace in its variety.

- Descend into the unknown, at least until recently, deep beneath the ground to explore the ancient roots of Jerusalem on a 1.5-hour guided tour through the centuries-old tunnel dating back to the times of the Second Temple. Get a chance to touch and hear about some truly incredible artifacts found here, and more.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Jerusalem, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Bethlehem and Jericho, Masada and the Dead Sea, Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, or the West Bank. For as little as as circa US$100 to US$125 per person you will get a chance to experience first-hand the ancient and Biblical treasures, discover fascinating religious history, see the fabled Biblical and Nativity sites, scenes of the New Testament stories including places where Jesus performed miracles, plus explore legendary ruins, and so much more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Jerusalem, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus or a private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.