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Bible Lands Museum

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Basic Information

Location 31.7749°N 35.2025°E
Phone number 02-5611066
Country Israel
City Jerusalem

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_Lands_Museum
Geographical Coordinates 31.77537,35.20279


The Bible Lands Museum is a museum in Jerusalem, Israel, that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, among them the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, Arameans, Hittites, Elamites, Phoenicians and Persians. The aim of the museum is to put these peoples into historical context. The museum is located on Museum Row in Givat Ram between the Israel Museum, The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, and the Bloomfield Museum of Science.

History and time period

The museum was founded by Elie Borowski in 1992 to house his personal collection. On a visit to Jerusalem in 1981, a woman he met at a hotel, Batya Weiss, encouraged him to bring his collection to Israel rather than establish a museum for it in Toronto, Canada, as he had intended. She put him in contact with Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek. Borowski heeded her advice, and built the Bible Lands Museum. The two eventually married.


The main gallery displays hundreds of artifacts: ancient documents, idols, coins, statues, weapons, pottery, and seals from across the ancient Near East. Many topics are elaborated upon in brief articles on the walls (e.g. the origins of the alphabet, embalming, and Abraham's journey). The museum also exhibits scale models of ancient sites in Jerusalem, a Ziggurat at Ur and the pyramids at Giza. While the museum's emphasis is the history of ancient Near Eastern civilizations, the curators draw attention to relevant biblical verses. For example, above a gallery of ancient Anatolian jugs is the verse "Behold, Rebecca came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the fountain and drew water" (Genesis 24:45).

General Information

Opening Hours:

Sun., Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9:30 - 17:30

Weds. 9:30 - 21:30

Fri. & Holiday Eves. 10:00 - 14:00

Tickets: Adult 40 NIS Senior Citizen- 30 NIS Child/Student- 20 NIS

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