The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is Israel’s largest cultural institution and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archeology museums. It is an exceptional museum, with an impressive array of artefacts. A major reason people visit is to see the Dead Sea scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, but once you’ve gotten that out of the way, give yourself plenty of time to explore this venue – I was there for four hours and didn’t see everything. During my visit there was an exhibition on Israeli fashion which was well put together and engaging and an interesting exhibit on Freud and the rings he would hand out to his inner circle.
The main focus of my visit was for the Museum’s art collection. In the Fine Art wing they have work on display by many big name international artists such as Picasso, Monet, Rothko etc but I particularly enjoyed the exhibits in the Contemporary Art section: Christian Boltanski ‘Lifetime’ exhibition was brilliant; Oren Eliav’s ‘How to Disappear Completely’ and Zoya Cherkassky’s ‘Pravda’ were very good. I also liked Gil Marco Shani’s installation ‘Buses’. The museum also has a lovely sculpture garden and my favourite piece was Robert Indiana’s Ahava (Hebrew for love), a reworking of his famous global love sculptures.
Entry into the museum costs 54NIS for adults and that also entitles you to a free audio guide.
Highlights from my visit September 2018: