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Jerusalem Sights 2
 
 
Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book
Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum today has, in a relatively short time, achieved world class status with collections ranging from prehistoric archeology to contemporary art and with a dynamic collection of temporary exhibitions, publications, and educational activities. It is the leading cultural institution in Israel and is one of the largest encyclopedic museums in the world.

Its terraced complex, comprised of nearly 50,000 square meters and a six-acre sculpture garden within its twenty-acre campus attracts over 950,000 visitors each year, about a third of them international tourists and including nearly 100,000 children in the educational programs at its Youth Wing. The Museum is committed to the preservation, study and display of its collections. It fosters education for its public within Israel and abroad, utilizing its extensive collection of archaeology of the Holy Land, the world's most comprehensive collections of Judaica and ethnology of the Jewish people around the world, and its fine art holdings.
Hours: Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs., Sat., and holidays 10 am - 5 pm Tues. 4 – 9 pm Fri. and holiday eves 10 am - 2 pm.
 
Sherover - Haaz Promenade
In one swift glance at the Haas Promenade, located in East Talpiot, one can see Jerusalem in all its glory - the Old City walls, the New City buildings, and the ancient villages all blend into one panoramic view of this magnificent city.
 
Area G - Ir David (City of David)
Inside the City of David is the area which the archaeologists denoted with the letter ''G.'' It was probably the nerve center of the ancient city for many years: the administrative, municipal, and governmental center, with the royal residence possibly nearby.
 
Armon Hanatziv (Government House)
Built by the British in 1930 as the residence for the high commissioner. currently houses the UN Observers Headquarters and the UN Emergency Force Headquarters. Christian tradition names the mountain it is built on ''Mount of Offense''. It is on the road leading to the new neighborhood East Talpiot, northeast of Armon Hanatziv promenade.
 
Artists' House
The Jerusalem Artists House (Beit Ha-Omanim) is one of several buildings that once made up the Bezalel Art complex. It was built in 1890, during the Turkish rule, and today is one of the most important historical buildings left in the city center.
Today the Artists House serves as the main showcase for contemporary art, after the Israel Museum. It has become the principal address for local, national and even international artists wanting to exhibit in the capital.
Address: 12 Shmu'el Ha-Nagid St. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00 Friday: 10:00-13:00 Saturday: 11:00-14:00
 
Biblical Zoo - The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens
An imaginatively landscaped zoo on 62 acres built among mountains and surrounded by stunning views. A central lake surrounds monkey islands. Visitors can view a wide range of animals in spacious enclosures without bars, including species mentioned in the Bible, rare or endangered species, small animals from deserts and rainforests, a huge aviary, the Bible land Wildlife Preserve, and African and South American enclosures.
Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Winter) 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Spring and Fall) 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (June, July, and August) Friday and Holiday Eves 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (All Year) Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Winter) 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Summer).
 
Brigham Young University (Mormon University)
Great panoramic view point of the Old City and all of Jerusalem. The Center itself is a beautiful building on Mount Scopus overlooking the Mount of Olives, the Kidron Valley, and the Old City. The 125,000 square-foot, eight-level structure is set amid acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
For those interested in visiting the building, a 45-minute tour is available. To schedule a tour or to obtain information on tour availability, please contact the hosting staff at the Jerusalem Center by calling 02-6265666.
The University also offers free classical music concerts every Sunday and jazz concerts once a month on Thursday at 20:00.
Guided tours: Tue - Fri only at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30. Modest clothing required.
 
*Info courtesy of Jerusalem Municipality.


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