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Rockefeller Archeological Museum

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Address: 17 Sultan Suleiman | East Jerusalem, Jerusalem 9761190, Israel
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+972 2-628-2251
10:00 - 14:00
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This museum houses the magnificent collection of antiquities unearthed...

This museum houses the magnificent collection of antiquities unearthed during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948), featuring the remains of a 10,000-year-old man found on Mount Carmel and utensils from Stone Age cave dwellers.

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On the Northen side of the wall east of the main post office near the junction of Jericho Road stands on the hill this nice building,museum and the head quarters of the Israel... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 February 2016
Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

On the Northen side of the wall east of the main post office near the junction of Jericho Road stands on the hill this nice building,museum and the head quarters of the Israel Antiquites Authorities, This site was a Byzantine cemetry with olive groove and old pine tree with the fine mosaic floor of the Byzantine church of St.Mary and... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

It's unusual to find a museum so lovingly preserved in the style of its founding fathers back around 1930. At the time it was world class: Great period architecture (including the unique detail of having cork flooring to restrict noise), large range of exhibits, beautiful olive tree gardens and well lit (natural light) displays. Now it's glory is somewhat faded... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Built in 1938, in its original (but exceptional) condition. Fantastic archeological museum in a stunning building. Visible bullet holes in some of the columns (inside and out), and a very digestible series of exhibits (north and south rooms).

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South Bend, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

I was underwhelmed. From other reviews I was expecting more exhibit space and better labeled artifacts. There are info sheets in each room, but many seem to be missing. The artifacts are interesting and merit a visit, but not worth the raves others have given it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

Each time I visit Israel, I make sure that I visit not only the Israeli Museum but also the Rockerfeller Museum. The exhibits are wonderful and best of all, entrance is free. You will find a complete history of mankind and the history of Israel inside as well as wonderful Roman exhibits. The Museum is close to the old city... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

Just a few minutes walk from Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, it is a good place. It is one of the biggest archelogical museums in Israel. You can even visit it on Saturday or Shabbat. The entry is free. It took me one hour.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

This was an amazing museum. Since it is very old they got a lot of the interesting treasures in the country. It was incredible that it was free. You can trace the land and civilization many 1,000's of years. The museum is laid out very well and I stumbled in the library which had a lot of fantastic books about... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

The museum is in a gem of a building. It used to be the Palestinian Museum and was paid for by the Rockefeller Foundation, built during the British Mandate. It has many Eric Gill reliefs to decorate the sides and interior, and the wall inscriptions are in an original Eric Gill font. After 1967 it has been renamed as part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

First off: it's free. Second: it was built in the 40s and was Palestinian, then Jordanian, now Israeli. It has no air conditioning or heat. I liked to walk around and pretend I was there in the Great Gatsby days. There are numerous places to sit and just dream. The archeological items about are incredible. At each stop there is... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Opened in 1939, the museum itself is a flash back to earlier times in both the way it is constructed and the way the exhibits are displayed. In some ways it reminded me of a mini- Getty museum. We spent 3 hours comfortably strolling through the museum. Highly recommend if you are interested in archeological discoveries!

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