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MUSEUMS AND SITES IN ISRAEL


The Center aims to stimulate and foster research on the Scrolls, particularly the great task of integrating the new information gained from the Scrolls into the body of knowledge about Jewish history and religion in the Second Temple period. The following section on Museums and Sites in Israel provides fingertip information for research.

The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls is home to the most up to date information about the research of the Scrolls. To assist in gaining information about the Scrolls we have created a list of Museums and Sites in Israel at which academics, students, and laymen can gain a further understanding of the historical context in which the scrolls were produced.





THE ISRAEL MUSEUM

The Israel Museum houses the most extensive archaeology collection in Israel along with historical displays of more than 10,000 years of habitation in the fertile crescent. Also, the Israel Museum has holds an extensive collections of Judaica and contemporary Israeli art.

The highlight of the museum's collection is the Shrine of the Book, which displays the Dead Sea Scrolls. The uniquely designed building houses a few of the most exquisite finds at Qumran, including a section of the Isaiah Scroll. Also on display are artifacts and letters found at the Bar Kokhba caves. Translations to each exhibit are given in both Hebrew (where needed) and English.

HOURS
Sunday
Monday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 4:00pm-10:00pm
Friday 10:00am-2:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Bus 9, 17, 24.
ADMISSION
Adults NIS 20
Children NIS 10
Soldiers
Students
Disabled
NIS 15
Tel. 02-670-8811

*Shrine of the Book: open also on Tuesday 10am-10pm

For more Information see the Israel Museum Home Page. Photo by David Harris.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to Life with New Projects of the Shrine of the Book:


SCROLLS FORUM

A joint project has been undertaken by the Shrine of the Book and the Hebrew University's Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls & Associated Literature to popularize the vast material compiled by scholars.

Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman,
Professor of Hebrew Literature and
Judaic Studies, New York University

Prof. S. Talmon,
J.L.Magnes Professor Emeritus of Bible,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,

Prof. H. Cotton,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
delivered lectures in a series open to the public.

Readers of all ages should be pleased that soon new literature will be published to shed more light on the scrolls. On July 1997, an international congress on the Dead Sea Scrolls was held at the Israel Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the scrolls.


"RETURN TO QUMRAN":
The Shrine of the Book & the Ruth Youth Wing

Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Curator of the Shrine of the Book, and Mrs. Aliza Bezalel, School Programs Curator at the Youth Wing, organized a unique "encounter with history" for Israeli and Diaspora youth called Return to Qumran.

From the moment the participants arrive at the Museum, the half-day program aims to arouse their curiosity about the Dead Sea Scrolls, enriching their knowledge of the history of the Jewish identity. An actor greets the group and changes roles to become a variety of different historical characters.

Portraying archaeologist Yigael Yadin, the actor tells the story of the scrolls' discovery during the Israeli War of Independence. As the Jewish traitor and historian Flavius Josephus, he speaks about meeting the Essene community.

Upon entering the Shrine of the Book, participants see a sound and light show, followed by an "interactive" guide. Moving outside, the group is divided in two: the "members of the sect" write scrolls and make pottery jars, while the "archaeologists" conduct excavations to discover them. At a Qumran sect luncheon the two groups compare accomplishments, and discuss the meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls for modern Jewish identity.

To date, 16 groups - including a total of over 700 students, aged 14-17, from Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, and the U.S.A. - have participated. The pilot program was made possible by Mrs. Margarita Calvary of Madrid.

from: the Israel Museum, Jerusalem News|, No 2. Spring 1996



THE BIBLE LANDS MUSEUM

Situated directly across the street from the The Israel Museum, displays mostly artifacts from the Babylonian and the pre-Babylonian era. Here one can view the migration of the Hebrew people in the fertile crescent and the Exodus from Egypt through artifacts and maps.

This museum is much smaller in size than the Israel Museum, but rich in precious relics.


HOURS
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Thursday
9:30am-5:30pm
Wednesday
9:30am-21:30pm
Friday
9:30am-2:00pm
Saturday
11:00am-3:00pm
Tel 02-5611066
Bus 9, 17, 24.
ADMISSION
Adults
NIS 20
Children
NIS 10
Soldiers
Students
NIS 12
Photo by David Harris



ROCKEFELLER ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum records the region's history beginning with the remains of a 100,000 year old Mt. Carmel caves. The collection housed in this Gothic structure is perfect for understanding the cultural impact of conquering civilizations.

HOURS
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:00am-5pm
Friday
Saturday
Holidays
10:00am-2:00pm
ADMISSION
Adults
NIS 17
Children
Students
NIS 11




THE ERETZ ISRAEL MUSEUM

Located in Tel Aviv, the Eretz Israel Museum is composed of eight pavilion museums built around an archaeological site. This museum also contains the Eretz Israel Library; home of over 30,000 books and periodicals. A highlight is the Hehushtan Pavilion which houses the discoveries of the excavations of the ancient copper industries at Timna, better known as King Solomon's Mines.

HOURS
Sunday
Monday
Thursday
9:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday Thurday 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm
LIBRARY HOURS
Sunday
Monday
Thursday
9:00am-3:30pm
Tuesday
Wednesday
9:00am-6:00pm
Tel 03-6415244
ADMISSION
Adults
NIS 18
Children
NIS 12
Bus 24, 25, 27, 45, 74, 86
To the Ramat Aviv Hotel.



QUMRAN

This archeological site is believed to have been the home of the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The site may have been inhabited as early as the eighth century BCE and was deserted after the Roman defeat of the Jewish revolt in 70 CE. The site itself is small but well marked with helpful maps.

HOURS
Daily
(Winter)
8:00am-4:00pm
Daily
(April-September)
8:00am-5:00pm
Tel. 02-9942235
ADMISSION
Adults NIS 10
Children NIS 5
Students NIS 7.5
From Jerusalem take bus
421, 444, 486, or 487.



W.F. ALBRIGHT INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH

The Albright Institute (founded in 1900 as the American School of Oriental Research) is the oldest American research center for Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Middle East. The Institute sponsors a wide range of programs and facilities for pre-doctoral and post-seminars, workshops, programs, an extensive research library, workshops and living accommodations. For further information concerning its programs, call 02-6282-131. The Albright is located at 26 Salah ed-Din Street, POB 19096, Jerusalem 91190, a short walk from the Rockefeller Museum outside the Old City walls.

HOURS
Sunday - Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm



ÉCOLE BIBLIQUE ET ARCHÉOLOGIQUE FRANÇAISE


The Ecole Biblique was inaugurated by Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange in 1890. His goal was to study the Bible scientifically in the context of the land in which it had been written. One of its second generation of scholars, Roland de Vaux, led the excavations at Qumran in 1951 and 1953-56. Today the Ecole offers its students a doctorate in Biblical Studies. The Library is world-renowned for its extensive collections and contains approximately 100,000 volumes and more than 400 active journals.

The Library is accessible to professors and doctoral students only. Opening hours: every day except Sunday from 9.00 to 11.45. Make an appointment with the librarian, Father Kevin McCaffrey, before the first visit. 6 Nablus Road, PO Box 19053, East Jerusalem. Tel. 02-6280468

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