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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
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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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Amazing collection- bring gloves

Unheated in the winter (really) and took a taxi out of precaution bc its location is near where terrorists sadly strike... but LOVED it! Caveman, jugs, mosaics... its a masterful... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has a very interesting structure, and it's located in a crucial area of Jerusalem, south of Damascus gate, in the eastern part of the city. The collection is rich but this being my second time, I haven't found it particularly challenging. If you don't have a specific archeological background it's hard to relate to most of the material... More 

1 Thank LNVoyageuse
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Unheated in the winter (really) and took a taxi out of precaution bc its location is near where terrorists sadly strike... but LOVED it! Caveman, jugs, mosaics... its a masterful and detailed grouping of archaeology... Israeli towns today hosted ancient life... even predating the bible... incredible. Spend at least 1 -2 hours. Use the plastic sheets for explanations found along... More 

Thank JustJulieNYC
London, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Rockefeller contains some hidden gems for those truly interested in the archaeological finds during the 19th century. We found some of the exhibits fascinating...but, be forewarned. The signage is antiquated, and there may be some errors. The museum architecture itself is worth a visit, there is a friendly small restaurant on the grounds, and the admission was free.

1 Thank Belria
Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Amazing artifacts dating to before 3000 BC. Valuable information and artifacts about the history of Jews in the region.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

If you want to step back in time and get a feel of a British Mandate museum then go to the Rockefeller. The exhibits are almost all dated to almost a century ago but that adds to the feeling. The architecture is a marvel and will remain so forever. It alone is worth the price of admission. We were lucky... More 

2 Thank chaim01
Barletta, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

The Rockefeller Museum or the Palestinian Archeological Museum is really out of time.It's really not as you expect a museum should be.At least a modern museum.Somehow the atmosphere is like being at the beginning of 1900. You can "breath" the ancient history of region and you have the idea of living something unique and special. No entry fee. Really recommended

Thank diereisendesimona
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I'm not a museum person. That's how I managed to live in Jerusalem for 30 years and never go to the Rockefeller Museum. Yesterday a friend dragged me there. The museum building is really beautiful, like a mixture of an Ottoman palace and an Oxbridge college. The inner courtyard is exquisite. The displays themselves are quite interesting, varied, and in... More 

2 Thank Shaul01
Jerusalem District, Israel
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Between rating average and very good is some difference in my opinion. This museum should be classified as good. That's enough. It is a bit classical organised museum with some very interesting artefacts. I think this museum needs a facelift.Modern methods as internet, flat screens and video images could explain much better than dusty displays in three languages. I am... More 

Thank Goaltje
Tel Aviv, Israel
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

A wonderful free museum to check out just outside the Damascus Gate. This was the main archaeology museum before Independence and you can see fascinating exhibits from PreHistoric Man to Crusader sculptures.

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Highland Village, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The museum walks one through the history of the region with artifacts from various time periods during the history of the Palestine/Israel region. It really gives a good perspective and a lot of very interesting items are on exhibit.


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