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“A great introduction to Bible study and the Holy Land”
Review of Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum
Ranked #35 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective. The core exhibition displays an extraordinary collection of ancient art and archaeology tracing the roots of monotheism from the dawn of civilization to early Christianity.The treasures on display represent the physical evidence of civilization and events described in the Bible. Traditions, rituals, religions, and cultures are revealed through ancient ivories, mosaics, jewelry, seals, terra cotta and stone sculptures. The magnificent cultures of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria and Babylon come to life before you.The exhibits feature the Assyrian ivories from Nimrud (circa 800 B.C.), sarcophagus of Julia Latronilla dated from the 4th century and an impressive collection of cylinder seals and scarabs.
Jerusalem, Israel
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A great introduction to Bible study and the Holy Land”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

The museum is very well designed and leads the visitor through different civilizations of the past that influenced the writing of the Bible. Excellent for children.

Visited February 2014
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Rome, Georgia
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“Don't overlook this wonderful museum”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

It seems this museum is over shadowed by the Israel Museum which is directly across the street. However, the Bible Lands Museum should not be missed if you have the time for another museum. It is apparently well known for its special exhibits but the permanent collection is wonderful too. I was there with my wife and a friend tor the current " Book of Books " exhibit. This exhibit is heading to the Vatican for its next stop. It was a wonderful and extensive look at the evolution of religious tests on scrolls and then printed. I wonder if the name makes people think this is a religious museum, perhaps childish or more Christian than Jewish. But it is certainly not a children's museum and is not a religious museum one way or the other. This is also not a small museum. They have a remarkable collection of items worth seeing.

Visited March 2014
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Regina, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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“Very well rounded exhibits”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

The exhibits are very good and the air conditioned facility is very much welcomed in the later afternoon. They had a great exhibit on the use of signets for authorization of person / authority. Those interested in the history of print should not miss the lower level exhibit with the old presses and variations of bible prints. The museum has a great deal of local finds that helps start your trip off with a clear understanding of where you are and what is under your feet.

Visited March 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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33 reviews
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“Just opposite Israel Museum”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

We visited Bible Lands Museum primarily because of the extraordinary "Book of Books" exhibit of existing Bible manuscripts, both Old and New Testaments. However, we found that the permanent exhibit was equally extensive, tracing the civilization and history of the region from stone age to Canaanites, to the rise of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and included artifacts from all empires that were present, from Egyptian to Roman and Ottoman empires. The museum is chronologically and logically arranged. Audioguides, included in the entrance fee, are very informative. Museum (but not store) is open and very quiet on Saturdays. Do not miss.

Visited February 2014
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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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“Bible Lands Museum”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

I went with family to the Bible Lands Museum. It is well laid out and easily navigable and had headsets available in English which complemented the signs and info. available in the actual displays. I'm not crazy about museums in general, but this was pretty good. I'm not sure if this was wheelchair accessible or not.

Visited February 2014
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