Visiting Israel is always a wonderful idea. You’ll want to see as many historic sites as you can while you are there, and specifically in the holy city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem packs a huge punch in the tourist department – from ancient architecture to modern structures. But the museums in Jerusalem are don’t-miss outings. Here are my favorites.
For a somber, but meaningful day, step into the world’s foremost Holocaust museum. This museum is free of charge, but leave your phone and bag in a locker because you will not be permitted to bring it in. Also, as the photographs and subject matter can be quite graphic, this museum is only intended for people over the age of 10.
Hebrew Music Museum
This museum, found on Yoel Solomon Street, is an interactive museum that highlights the musical instruments of the Jewish people dating back to biblical times all the way until today. Make a reservation in advance for this museum.
Bloomfield Science Museum
Children of all ages love this science museum. This is also an interactive museum where you and your family can do science experiments and watch science happen. Enjoy the 3D adventure Journey to Space and make sure to stop by the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit.
Menachem Begin Heritage Center
This multimedia, experiential museum is a must-see on your trip to Jerusalem. It explores the times before the State of Israel, the creation of the State, and the aftermath. You will learn all about Begin from his command of the Irgun to his term as the first prime minister of Israel.
The Israel Museum is the classic museum in Israel, and if you are only going to one, this is it. This museum houses ancient artifacts from centuries ago, like early human tools found in the Middle East. You will also find replicas of synagogues all over the world, including one from the 12th Century. A favorite exhibit is one that showcases different wedding garb of the Jews from all over the world.
Bible Lands Museum
This museum highlights the history of the Middle East as it pertains to the Bible. There, you can trace Abraham’s journey throughout his life, explore the history of the written word, and view a depiction of the Achashverosh’s palace during the time of Mordechai and Esther.
Where to stay in Jerusalem
- Dan Hotels has four hotels in Jerusalem, all of which are highly rated. I stayed at the King David Jerusalem on my first visit to Israel and it was a top-notch hotel experience.
- Shlomtzi Hotel – Inexpensive hotel right outside the Old Town. All rooms have a kitchenette. Rooms start at US$97 per room per night.
- Apartique Hotel – Beautiful affordable hotel with spacious rooms very close to Jerusalem’s Old Town. Rooms start at US$133 per room per night.
- Even Israel Apartments – modern apartments with fully-equipped kitchen, living room with sofa and TV, some have a balcony. In a lively area right in Jerusalem’s city center. 1-bedroom apartments start at US$155 per night (2-bedroom apartments start at US$228 per night).
- Bezalel Hotel (an Atlas Boutique Hotel) – Stylish boutique hotel with a lovely courtyard. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace. Rooms from US$231 per room per night.