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“A nice museum, housed in a building at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”
Review of Museum on the Seam

Museum on the Seam
Ranked #136 of 315 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum located in Jerusalem. The Museum in its unique way, presents art as a language with no boundaries in order to raise controversial social issues for public discussion. At the center of the changing exhibitions in the Museum stand the national, ethnic and economic seam lines in their local and universal contexts.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 23 January 2013

The museum of the seam is famous not only for its very interesting exhibitions, which often deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also for the tragic history of the lovely house in which it is located.

The house was designed and built by Palestinian Christian architect Andoni Baramki. In 1948 he and his family were forced to flee in search of temporary safety during fierce fighting. The house stood on the seam line between Israeli and Arab forces for some time; this is why its facade bears the pockmarked scars of bullets, and how the museum got its name.

In 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the Baramki family who had sought refuge there came back and tried to move back in their home, however they were prevented from doing so by Israeli authorities. Everyone in Jerusalem has heard the story of Andoni Baramki, who would stand in front of his house for hours every day, as he was forbidden to set foot inside. After his death, his son did the same and was featured in an Israeli documentary about Palestinian houses in Jerusalem.

Despite its tragic history, the place is well worth visiting both for the very interesting exhibitions featured and of course, for the house itself.

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem is not a conventional one. It combines the most contemporary art exhibitions with political and social statement. The artists that take part in them-Israelies, Palestinians and others - deal with the most sensetive topics:`The right to protest`, `HomeLessHome`,`Deadends` and so on. The current exhibition, `Beyond Memory`, is highly recommanded. It is a small museum, you do not get tired while visiting its three floors. It has a small coffee shop on the roof and a wonderful view on Jerusalem from it. The museum is easily reached by the new light rail. It is closed on Saturday. While visiting Jerusalem do not miss this special museum.

Thank dolir
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

This museum is in the house stolen from the Baramki family in 1948.

It was initially used a watch point by the Israeli Border Police over the Mandelbaum Gate when that was the border between Israel and Jordan.

After 1967, when it was no longer needed for that purpose the family applied to have it returned but the Israeli Government refused citing the notorious Absentee Property Law that deemed the legal owners to have lost rights even when they were around to reclaim and re-occupy their property declaring them to be 'present absentees.

The house is of great architectural merit being designed by Andoni Baramki the leading Palestinian Architect. He was banned from entering his house from 1948 till his death in 1972.

His son, the leading academic, Gabi Baramki continued his father's struggle to reclaim his house but rather than returning it the authorities handed it to the Israeli Jerusalem Foundation for the Museum of the Seam. Sadly Gabi also died recently without being able to enjoy his father's house.

This is only one story among many of property theft following the Nakba

5  Thank btbLondon
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

goes directly to the heart of the conflict, avante garde, off the beaten track

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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Although the exhibits change, from reading about the past ones, I get the feeling that most all of them are intense, and evocative, as was certainly the case with the current exhibition. The museum is directly on the old dividing line between East and West Jerusalem, and was in fact used by the Israelis during the conflicts, so that gives a bit of the feeling of tension. Even though the exhibits are definitely not limited to the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts, it would seem that conflicts of any kind are explored here, with disturbing depth and artistic insight.
This is a small, but not to be missed museum. Even has a lovely rooftop cafe, with good snacks and excellent view..

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