Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem – March 2016

Special activities – March 2016

Women’s Day at the Bible Lands Museum

Tuesday | March 8 | 10:30

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Bible Lands Museum invites you to a fascinating tour in the footsteps of female figures in Biblical cultures.

Women have always been associated with various concepts such as love, aesthetics and fertility but also war, assertiveness and more. The tour will follow the image of the women as reflected in the cultures of the ancient Near East countries.

We will examine the the status of women – what power did they have inside the home and out of it? If they managed to change laws in their favor? How beauty and femininity were perceived in the various cultures and more.

Price: Free with Museum admission. Telephone: 02-5611066. Address: 21 Shmuel Stefan Wise Street, Museum Row, Jerusalem.

Arak Quartet – four generations of Babylonian poetry

Friday | March 11 | 11:00

Four poets, four different generations, two men and two women, one born in Baghdad and the rest born in Israel, come together to celebrate Babylonian poetry that goes back to their roots and stories from their grandmother’s home. The Babylonian exile left its mark on the culture of the Jewish people until today. This special event will expose contemporary poetry that, among other things, has been influenced by the Babylonian Jewish culture originating from Baghdad to Kurdistan in North Iraq and North East Syria.

The four poets will recite their poems and present Babylon from a biographical and Midrashic perspective: How is Babylon reflected today in poetry as a metaphor and identity?

With: Ronnie Somek, Gilad Meiri (panel host), NoaShakargy, AnatZakaria

Price: 22 – 44 NIS. Telephone: 02-5611066. Address: 21 Shmuel Stefan Wise Street, Museum Row, Jerusalem.

New exhibition opening: Masks and Stories

Tuesday | 16.03 | 17:30

A new exhibition, “Masks and Stories” composed entirely of masks belonging to private individuals: For the first time, it is the public who will be showcasing their treasures at the museum. The exhibition is part of the “Community Curates” project, which involves the museum asking the public to dust off the treasures they have stored in drawers, attics and boxes, and be a part of a unique exhibition consisting of personal possessions. The exhibition, which opens around Purim, will feature masks from all continents, ancient and modern, from armature collections as well as professionals and will be accompanied by guided tours and special activities.

Opening hours: Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday 09:30-17:00, Wednesday 09:30-21:30, Friday-Saturday 10:00-14:00. Price: 22-44 NIS.Tel: 02-5611066. Address: 21 Stephen Wise, Museum Row, Jerusalem.

Purim celebrations at the Bible Lands Museum

March 23-26

Escape room – Mystery of mysteries in ancient Persia

March 23 | 18:45 | free for children

A detective night for mystery puzzles lovers!A suspicious announcement was given in the streets of Persia,In the capital Shushan someone is in real trouble.Clues are scattered around the palace,only attention to detail will lead to the solution!A dramatized and engaging game – be quick, the clock is ticking!

The activities are free for children! (For adults, included with Museum admission)

For children aged 8 and up.

A dramatized tour following the characters of the Megillah in ancient Persia

March 24-25 | 11:00, 12:00 | free for children

Solve a mysterious mystery, discover magnificent objects from the stylish palace of King Ahasuerus, and make unique seal rings!Participants will enter a lottery for a royal prize. The activities are free for children! (For adults, included with Museum admission). For children aged 5 and up

Saturday, March 26, Workbooks for children for Purim – 10:00 to 14:00.

In addition to activities for families, there will be special tours for adults in the spirit of the holiday including a tour of the exhibitions “By the Rivers of Babylon” and “Moshe Zabari – Retrospective,” included with Museum admission.

Public tours Wednesday to Friday at 10:30 in English, Hebrew 11:00.

Wednesday at 19:30 | Free with Museum admission*

2/3/16Rosh Hodesh Adar –The Babylonian and Persian Kingdoms Feld by a Woman’s Hand – Reading from the Book of Esther and the Book of Judith, ShlomitRavitzky Tur-Paz, Director, Beit Midrash Elul, Hebrew.

9/3/16 – Book Launch for the “Monastery of Martyrius” from the Book Series Christians and Christianity in Judah and Samaria,Dr. Yitzhak Magen, Publications of The Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, Hebrew.

16/3/16 – News from “New Jerusalem”:  Al-Yahudu One Year Later, Prof. Wayne Horowitz, Hebrew Univ., English.

23/3/16 – No Lecture – Fast of Esther

30/3/16 – The Inhabitants of the Western Hill of Jerusalem in the Late First Temple period in Light of Archaeological Finds, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah and ShuaKisilevitz, IAA, Hebrew.


Weekend Family Fun

Saturdays | 10:00 – 14:00 | Free admission for children!

Self-guided activity,Ideal for Shabbat observant families (when tickets purchased in advance).

Lost at the Museum- Join the Princess and the Wizard on their spectacular journey in search of their lost heirlooms. Look for shiny jewelry and hunting tools that have vanished in the Museum and discover ancient spells and mysterious papyrus writings. But beware of the lurking demons that are trying to throw you off the trail!

*Tour booklets for children (ages 4-6)

*Mummy Kit – Secrets of Ancient Egypt

Museum Shop

Unique and original gifts by leading Israeli designers

Gifts for the holidays * Jewelry * Judaica * Games * Replicas * Catalogues and books.

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Celebrate your next event with us!

Weddings,Conferences, Corporate Events and Receptions

Hold your next event at the Museum and enjoy a unique atmosphere and a once in a lifetime experience including exclusive tours of the Museum and excellent catering.Exclusive use of the Museum, auditorium, reception halls and the Biblical Garden can all be made available just for you.

Special Program for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs:

King for a Day – The young Bar/Bat Mitzvah guides family and guests in a special tour.Linking the Chain of Generations – An enchanting tour of the Museum ideal for children and adults.

After the Kotel – Enjoy a series of creative activities based on Bible stories, Jewish holidays and more.

For further information and reservations:



By the Rivers of Babylon

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is proud to present By the Rivers of Babylon, the world premier exhibition of the earliest documents that illustrate the lives of the first exiles of from the pivotal chapter in Jewish history, the Babylonian Exile.
Experience the destruction of Jerusalem, the grueling journey to Babylonia, the daily lives of the Judean exiles in captivity and finally the return to Zion.
On display for the first time are original artifacts dating to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile, including clay tablets from the Al-Yahudu archive (named after the city that the Judean exiles settled, in southern Iraq) which display fascinating evidence of the lives of the exiles. This archive is considered one of the most important archaeological finds relating to the history of the Jewish people. Complementing these artifacts are illustrations from the Medieval and Modern eras of the dramatic events which have become a symbol of the resilience of the Jewish people. Advanced multi-media enhance this exhibition which focuses on one of the most important milestones in the history of the Jewish people.

Permanent Exhibition

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem houses one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Near Eastern artifacts, illustrating the world of the Hittites, the Phoenicians, the civilizations of Greece and Rome and the importance of Canaan, Judea and Israel at the cross-roads of the ancient world.


DIONYSUS: Wine & Divine

A brief encounter with the god of wine, intoxication and ecstasy, and his frenzied entourage in this display of enchanting artifacts, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.Roman Fresco Room

From Pompeii to Jerusalem: The frescoes in this collection are believed to be from the villas of Boscotrecase, a suburb of Pompeii that was frozen in time with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Sealed beneath the lava, they were preserved for centuries and still retain their vibrant colors and fine detailed painting. The beautiful frescoes, made in the Roman technique of wet plaster painting, portray magical panoramic views of nature, mythology, erotica and more. One of the prominent pieces from the collection is the “Erotic Scene of a Nude Nymph.”*On view by request only.

Daily Guided Tours: Free with Museum admission

Sunday – Friday         English 10:30, Hebrew 11:00

Additional tour on Wednesdays           English 17:30, Hebrew 18:00

Saturday                                                   Hebrew 11:30

Reserve tours in additional languages and groups in

Exhibition – Moshe Zabari Retrospective
September – May 2016
The BLMJ is delighted to present a retrospective exhibition of world renowned contemporary sculptor and Judaica artist, Moshe Zabari, A master craftsman for more than 60 years. The exhibition will feature selected works from his extensive range of sculptures and ceremonial objects, emphasizing the influence of ancient sources on Zabari’s design.
The exhibition will be a featured highlight of the 2nd Jerusalem Biennale of Contemporary Jewish Art 2015. Discounts for the Biennale visitors!
For information on the Biennale visit: and the museum site:


Please Notice:

NEW PARKING ARRANGEMENTS – parking lot between the BLMJ and the Israel Museum is free for museum visitors ONLY. Simply present your museum entrance ticket when exiting the lot to park for free. Please remember to keep your entrance ticket!

Stopping by to pick up holiday gifts in out Gift Shop? Just let us know and we will be glad to provide you with a parking pass with your purchase.

Enjoy special discounts on museum entrance fees. Bring your paid ticket receipt from the BLMJ to the Israel Museum or the Bloomfield Science Museum, to receive discounts on entrance within the same week.
Your BLMJ membership or ticketsalso grant you discounted entrance at the Israel Children’s Museum in Holon.

Delve deeper into the Bible by learning about the lives of the people who populated the Ancient Near East at the award-winning Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. Founded in 1992 by the late Dr. ElieBorowski and his wife Batya, the Bible Lands Museum’s extensive collection of ancient art and archaeology helps visitors gain a more intimate understanding of the Bible through discovering the daily practices of the people who lived during that period.

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem (BLMJ), located on Museum Row, is in the heart of the modern cultural center of Jerusalem. The collection draws from the vast geographic area reaching from Afghanistan in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, from the Caucasian mountains in the north to Nubia (Sudan) in the south.

The collection dates from the dawn of civilization, focusing on the pre-historic era 6,000 years ago to the Early Christian Era, approximately 1000 CE. Displayed chronologically, the Main Exhibition sheds light on the daily lives and beliefs of the rich civilizations that have since vanished, including how they cooked, worshiped, buried their dead, fought their battles, adorned themselves with jewelry, among many other aspects.

BLMJ has earned international acclaim as a universal center for cultural and educational programming. It leads innovative tours for school children, presents weekly lectures, and offers a variety of courses for adults. The Museum is a vibrant cultural institution offering creative programs for families and a rich array of activities throughout the year.

21 Stefan Wise St., Museum Row


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P.O. Box 4670, Jerusalem 9104601
Tel: 972-2-5611066 | Fax: 972-2-5638228
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Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday      9:30 – 17:30
Wednesday                                                   9:30 – 21:30
Friday, Saturday, Holiday Eves            10:00 – 14:00
Jewish Holidays                                               Closed



*All programs subject to change.