• Talma Gotteiner

Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: A Passover Festival & More

Updated: Mar 18

Hi there,


I'm happy to share with you information about the Passover festival and other fascinating activities that are planned for the entire family at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem.

Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: A Passover Festival & More
Credit: Dana Levy


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Opening Hours: Sun – Tue 9:30 – 17:00 | Wed 9:30 – 20:00

  • Starting from March 14, 2021: Sun – Tue, Thurs 9:30 – 17:00 | Wed 9:30 – 20:00 | Sat 10:00 – 16:00

  • On Wednesdays the entrance for children is FREE the entire day

  • On the Election Day, March 23, 2021 the museum is CLOSED.

  • Entrance and participation in the activities is conditional upon advance registration only

  • The exhibition “Yemen: From Sheba to Jerusalem” will close on April 30, 2021.


MAIN EVENTS


“FINDING EGYPT”: A PASSOVER FESTIVAL FOR FAMILIES WITH BANK HAPOALIM

Prepare to enjoy a Passover Festival with pharaohs, mummies and Egyptian gods!

What is the connection between the cats in Jerusalem and the tombs of Ancient Egypt? Between the pyramids and Jerusalem stone? Or between the Egyptian hieroglyphs and the Hebrew alphabet? Take part in enjoyable springtime Passover festivities with an experiential journey into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, including a hilarious play, and creativity kits in the galleries and museum garden. The activity is suitable for ages 5-10.


When: The activities will take place on Sunday-Thursday, March 29 – April 1, from 10:00 to 16:30, and Friday, April 2, from 10:00 to 14:00. The duration of the activities is an hour-and-a-half.

Registration (FREE): Starts on March 23.

On the first holiday of Passover, Saturday – Sunday, March 27-28, and on the last holiday, Saturday April 3, 2021, the Museum will be CLOSED. During Chol Hamoed the entrance to the museum and participation in the tours and activities will be FREE!


INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

Families are invited to enjoy an array of individual activities during the museum opening hours:

  • The Mummy – A Journey into Eternity: An individualized activity kit for an adventure following the wonderful culture of Ancient Egypt. Price: 10 NIS.

  • The Exploits of Shamshi: An interactive and experiential workbook of creative assignments on the rituals and customs of ancient civilizations. (The workbook for ages 4-6 includes stickers, the workbook for ages 7-12 includes comics). Price: 5/20 NIS respectively.

  • FUN2C: Ancient Egypt comes to life using AR/VR technology*. This activity is included in the entrance fee. *Due to the coronavirus limitations, the application is available for use without the 3D glasses.


Activities Suitable for Shabbat Observant Families:

  • The Active Museum: Surprise stations for individual experiential activities throughout the museum galleries. These are included in the entrance fee.

  • Lost in the Museum: With the help of a special kit full of clues and surprises you will search for sparkling jewelry, hunting and musical instruments lost in a palace. You will decipher ancient spells, as well as a mysterious papyrus, and will evade a demon’s trap on the way to a lost treasure. Cost of a family kit: 25 NIS.


PUBLIC WALKING TOURS

Public walking tours for adults, of the permanent galleries and the special exhibition “Yemen: From Sheba to Jerusalem” will take place on Sundays – Thursdays at 11:00. On Wednesdays an additional tour is held at 17:00 and on Saturdays at 11:30. The public walking tours are included in the entrance fee.


SPECIAL TOURS

“Stand-up Gallery” - Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 19:00 | Included in the entrance fee | By advance registration

The museum is taking off its tie and offering a humoristic tour about the great civilizations and kingdoms of the Ancient Near East.

You are invited to an hour of laughter and a rather different look at the events of history including a little bit about ourselves. The tour is led by an actress in Hebrew.


A GALLERY TALK ON THE EXHIBITION "YEMEN: FROM SHEBA TO JERUSALEM"

Held by curator Oree Meiri | Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 17:00 | Included in the entrance fee | By advance registration

The exhibition presents to the public, for the first time in Israel, the civilization of ancient South Arabia, and the kingdoms that flourished in this region. The trade in the resins of aromatic plants – myrrh and frankincense – was the source of these kingdoms’ legendary wealth, and was carried out via the Spice Route that connected South Arabia with the Land of Israel. A Jewish community established itself in South Arabia in ancient times, and gave rise to the Yemenite Jewish community, whose unique cultural heritage is presented in the exhibition. This is an opportunity to visit the exhibition and to be exposed to the unique findings that shed light on the ancient culture of one of the most remote and mysterious Bible lands.


WEDNESDAY LECTURES VIA ZOOM AND FACEBOOK LIVE

At 19:00 | FREE

  • March 10, 2021 – What is Hidden Within the Western Wall's Stones? By Moran Hajbi

  • March 17, 2021 – The Anti-Monarchic Political Philosophy of the Bible Commentator Don Isaac Abarbanel. By Professor Hananel Mack, Bar-Ilan University


Happy Passover!

Talma


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