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“The Museum on the Seam - A Must for contemporary art lovers”
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Museum of the Seam
Ranked #113 of 304 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Located on the boundary between East and West Jerusalem, this former fortress now serves as a history museum that is dedicated to establishing understanding and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.
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“The Museum on the Seam - A Must for contemporary art lovers”
Reviewed 22 February 2013

The Museum on the Seam is a small, private museum situated on the "seam line" between East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem, about a 10 minute walk from the Damascus gate. Formerly an architectural gem built by a well-to-do Palestinian family, the building served as an army post before 1967. The current museum, headed by Israeli artist Rafi Etgar, is a combination of bullet-ridden exterior walls, unusual indoor spaces and an amazing rooftop view. Exhibitions at the museum are always centered around a theme, presenting the best of contemporary art from all over the world in a truly inspirational fashion. The current exhibit is called "Flesh and Blood" - a thought provocative and excellent art display centered around the troublesome relationship between humans and animals. The musem thus carries on its mission of dealing with social and political issues through art, and that includes an ongoing invovement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the idea of co-existence.
In my view this is the best small museum for contemporary art in Israel, and although somewhat off the beaten tourist track, well worth a visit. The Jerusalem LIght Rail has a stop right in front of the museum and there are numerous other attractions within a few minutes walking distance.

Visited February 2013
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“A nice museum, housed in a building at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”
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.

Visited October 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Museum on the Seam - Not a standard museum”
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.

Visited May 2012
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“Museum in a stolen house”
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

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

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

Visited July 2012
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