Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem

Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem

Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem
4.5
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located in the restored ancient Citadel of Jerusalem at the entrance to the Old City, the Tower of David Museum tells the story of the city through history. The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through 3000 years of history, using models, displays and multi media so that the timeline of the city comes to life. The museum stages temporary exhibitions which integrate the unique location and majesty of the ancient Citadel and its history with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues. It hosts lectures and special musical, educational and cultural events. The 2 night shows, both the Night Spectacular and KING DAVID are world renowned and present Jerusalem's special character and beauty screened in lights, images and music on the ancient walls in the Citadel courtyard. Admission to the unique 360° view point over the old and new city of Jerusalem is 15 NIS only!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Emily B
    Washington DC, District of Columbia17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent overview of the history of Jerusalem
    This museum was excellent and very conveniently located just inside Jaffa gate. The displays were well-organized and presented in an intuitive manner. Audio tours were provided in multiple languages. The experience provides visitors with a relatively brief description of the history of Jerusalem and background for the different groups who currently inhabit it. Our visit was especially helpful for my pre-teen and teenage children so they could understand the history of the sites as we walked around Jerusalem. Would recommend visiting this museum early in your visit to Jerusalem. It is very well done and the building itself is lovely.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • realtangobabe
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Light and sound show was amazing
    We went there twice first in the evening for the light and sound show. This was amazing so worthwhile. It was a really good introduction to the history of the city as well as being stunningly beautiful. We went back the next day in the daytime to explore the tower itself which I would also recommend doing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient tower is a Jerusalem landmark
    The Tower of David is an ancient site, dating back to the First Temple. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The Tower of David adjoins the Jaffa Gate, in the Old City. The Museum has many interesting archeological relics, dating from over 2,500 years ago. The Tower of David is often used for community events. The Tower of David is an interesting feature of Jerusalem's Old City.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Inamarom
    Haifa, Israel70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and beautiful site, but...
    We participated in a guided tour (free of charge) of the site which was interesting. Our guide was pleasant and patient, very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions to the best of his ability. The view from the wall surrounding the citadel, both towards the old city and the Mount of Olives and towards the western city, is spectacular. But, the floor in the women's restroom was filthy and remained so even after two hours, even though I called the attention of the receptionist at the entrance to the site and noticed that she called a cleaning worker. It is not enough to call, you also need to make sure that the task is carried out.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • catalin s
    Craiova, Romania266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice experience
    Nice museum, focused on the history of Jerusalem, from it's earliest signs of living until today. Due to it's location, it is challenging to navigate. Also, I found quite strange how the path inside the museum are signaled and created. You even exit at a different point than the entry one. Must be in good physical condition, lots of stairs, up and down, plus the old ramparts with uneven surfaces. There is a mix of traditional and hi-tech exhibits, it could be a nice place to spend some time if you are interested in history.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 June 2024
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catalin s
Craiova, Romania266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Nice museum, focused on the history of Jerusalem, from it's earliest signs of living until today. Due to it's location, it is challenging to navigate. Also, I found quite strange how the path inside the museum are signaled and created. You even exit at a different point than the entry one. Must be in good physical condition, lots of stairs, up and down, plus the old ramparts with uneven surfaces.
There is a mix of traditional and hi-tech exhibits, it could be a nice place to spend some time if you are interested in history.
Written 6 June 2024
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Inamarom
Haifa, Israel70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We participated in a guided tour (free of charge) of the site which was interesting. Our guide was pleasant and patient, very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions to the best of his ability. The view from the wall surrounding the citadel, both towards the old city and the Mount of Olives and towards the western city, is spectacular. But, the floor in the women's restroom was filthy and remained so even after two hours, even though I called the attention of the receptionist at the entrance to the site and noticed that she called a cleaning worker. It is not enough to call, you also need to make sure that the task is carried out.
Written 13 March 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Tower of David is an ancient site, dating back to the First Temple. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The Tower of David adjoins the Jaffa Gate, in the Old City. The Museum has many interesting archeological relics, dating from over 2,500 years ago. The Tower of David is often used for community events. The Tower of David is an interesting feature of Jerusalem's Old City.
Written 13 November 2023
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realtangobabe
NEW ZEALAND71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We went there twice first in the evening for the light and sound show. This was amazing so worthwhile. It was a really good introduction to the history of the city as well as being stunningly beautiful. We went back the next day in the daytime to explore the tower itself which I would also recommend doing.
Written 18 September 2023
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Yigal L
Israel151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The so-called "Tower of David" is actually the citadel of the Old City of Jerusalem, built by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century, over the ruins of previous citadels, going back to the first century BCE (King Herod the Great), which were built over fortifications going back to the late First Temple Period (8-6 centuries BCE). The iconic round tower is actually the minaret of the Turkish mosque. The citadel was first used as a museum in the 1920's under British rule, and the Israeli museum, dedicated to the history of Jerusalem, opened in the 1980's. Now, after several years of renovations, the museum reopened, and I was curious to see the new exhibit.
I must say that I was a bit disappointed. The Site itself is an architectural and archaeological treasure, and the internal landscaping is nice, but the exhibit itself is not as good as I remembered the previous one to be. It’s all interactive, with lots of multi-screen films, an audio guide (which come free with admission!) and so on, but it’s less instructive that it could be. Instead of taking the visitor on an orderly tour of Jerusalem’s history, as you would expect, the museum accentuates the centrality of Jerusalem to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in a way that only scratches the surface of each. The rest of the exhibits are made to emphasize multiculturality, and major periods and topics are simply skipped over. An uneducated visitor might be impressed, but would not come out with a real understanding of the history of the city.
On the plus side, since I did visit at the height of summer vacation, the museum did offer various attractions for children, including a juggler and opportunities to dress up in various costumes.
Written 25 August 2023
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Emily B
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This museum was excellent and very conveniently located just inside Jaffa gate. The displays were well-organized and presented in an intuitive manner. Audio tours were provided in multiple languages.

The experience provides visitors with a relatively brief description of the history of Jerusalem and background for the different groups who currently inhabit it. Our visit was especially helpful for my pre-teen and teenage children so they could understand the history of the sites as we walked around Jerusalem.

Would recommend visiting this museum early in your visit to Jerusalem. It is very well done and the building itself is lovely.
Written 7 August 2023
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Olga P
Moscow, Russia382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were on night show about the history of Israel. It was terrifying. The show lasts 45 minutes. There were not free spaces. My recomendations!
Written 13 July 2023
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Rich-Stamford
Stamford, CT258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Newly reopened, the museum has very good exhibits and videos of the history of Jerusalem. The building is worth the cost of admission.
Written 6 June 2023
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Paul Windham
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
I went with a Catholic tour group. Our guide was a Israeli Christian. Without him we would have understood very little of what we were seeing. Highlights included the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Masada, and the recently excavated ruins at Magdala, which has a beautiful church devoted to the women of the Bible overlooking the Sea of Gallilee.
Written 18 April 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were very lucky to book last minute tickets to the newly renovated Tower of David (the Citadel), which has been recently opened for visits. We booked a combination ticket for the “Jerusalem from the Bird’s Eye” tour and the Ramparts Walk. The tickets don’t have specific time slots, so it is possible to visit any time during the day. We started with the tour itself, which was a big prize for us: we had a chance to see completely unobstructed view of Jerusalem from the Tower (I took a great video of the panorama). The audio guide was very useful: it covered the story of the city and pointed out all famous sites - a good recap of everything we have seen so far. We also explored the underground of the Citadel: the water cistern and the Kishle, the latter served as a prison for political activists (members of Irgun and others) fighting against the rule of the British Mandate.

And what about completely unexpected bonus? Dale Chihuly’s glass creations were on display in the Citadel! His intricate yellow chandelier found its home at the entrance and his green glass spikes decorate the lower level.

From the Citadel we took the Ramparts Walk (the Southern Route) and enjoyed wonderful views of Jerusalem.
Written 10 April 2023
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