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Rockefeller Archeological Museum

17 Sultan Suleiman | East Jerusalem, Jerusalem 9761190, Israel
+972 2-628-2251
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Set your expectations--pretend you are in the 1940s

First off: it's free. Second: it was built in the 40s and was Palestinian, then Jordanian, now... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2015
KellyAnder
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Colorado
Felt like I was on an Indiana Jones Movie

Opened in 1939, the museum itself is a flash back to earlier times in both the way it is... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2015
Rosalie1836
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McAllen, Texas
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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17 Sultan Suleiman | East Jerusalem, Jerusalem 9761190, Israel
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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...More

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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...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2015

This museum is well worth the short walk from Herod's gate. It is absolutely free. There is a beautiful central courtyard to take a break and the rooms are filled with some very interesting pieces of sculpture. There is a small cafe as you walk...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2015

This museum is definitely for those who love ancient history and archeology. The artifacts are well tagged and labeled with distinct notation on their source, history and significance. I like the very academic way the items are presented and more importantly the way the museum...More

1  Thank Luc V
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

First the positives. This is one of the largest and most impressive museums in Israel in terms of the artifacts therein. Moreover, the building itself is an art piece reflective of the architectural ideas of the 1930s when it was built. And it is free....More

1  Thank Barry I
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Reviewed 10 February 2015

Strange opening hours. But once you get in: many archaeological treasures. The building itself is a gem. Much less slick and polished that the Israel museum, but the artifacts here are amazing and deeply significant for the many periods of Levant history, dating to the...More

2  Thank MyWornShoeLeather
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Reviewed 26 December 2014

The Rockefeller Museum is one of the great hidden gems of Jerusalem. Nestled in East Jerusalem a seven minute walk from Damascus Gate; it doesn't look like much from the street; but this free museum is amazing. The museum was designed by Austen Harrison in...More

2  Thank Sfrantz
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Reviewed 8 December 2014

Don't waste your precious time in Jerusalem on this museum. I am sure this museum has not been changed since its' opening in the 1930's. The museum is a relic of how museum's used to function. Your entrance to the museum is a perfect illustration...More

6  Thank 9_Months_A_Nomad
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Reviewed 7 November 2014

The museum is not as big as I thought it would be, but it contains lots of interesting items, and The best part is that the entrance is free.

1  Thank TECAK
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

Not much to add to the previous reviews, except to stress that this museum houses an amazing collection. Start the tour to your left and be ready ti be amazed by the display.

Thank Susana61
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Response from Shaul01 | Reviewed this property |
No need to book (and I'm not sure you can book even if you wanted to). There won't be a tour guide waiting. There's a short written guide to the museum and the displays themselves are fairly well labeled and explained... More
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Response from SDHAKALA | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other reviewer. Most of the stuff is on one floor and seemed pretty accessible with a lot of open space once in the building itself. I think that the displays are low enough to see things but some did... More
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