The Bible Lands Museum is an archaeological museum in Jerusalem, Israel, that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, among them the ancient Sumer, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Canaan, Greece Rome, Philistines, Arameans, Hittites, Elamites, Phoenicians and Persians. The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem holds a unique collection dating back to the beginning of written history. It tells the story of humanity, the story of culture, the story of where we came from and how we got here.
The museum was founded by Elie Borowski in 1992 to house his personal collection. Elie Borowski (born 1913 in Warsaw , past away 2003 in Jerusalem ) was a leading dealer in ancient art. On a visit to Jerusalem in 1981, he met Batya Weiss, the associate founder and former director of the museum, who encouraged him to bring his collection of Ancient Near Eastern Art from biblical times to Israel and establish a museum. She put him in contact with Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek. Borowski heeded her advice, built the Bible Lands Museum and moved his collection from a museum in Toronto to Jerusalem. Elie and Batya eventually married.
PERMANENT EXHIBITS – Audio guide in English and Hebrew
- “Jerusalem That Was in Babylon”: The story of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile is presented in a spectacular exhibit filled with historical items.
- “Classic Pearls”: Ancient Italy comes alive through Roman marble statues, ornamented vases, and Etruscan tombs from the seventh century BC to the second century AC.
- Gods, Heroes, and Mortals in Ancient Greece: A spectacular collection that dates back at least two thousand years that will take you on a journey back in time to ancient Greece.
- Fresco Room: Incredible murals from the Pompeii period before the eruption of the volcano.
Museum Address:21 Shmuel Stefan Wise, Jerusalem
|Sun-Tue, Thu||9:30am – 5:30pm|
|Fri, Sat||10am – 2pm|
|Holiday Eve||10am – 2pm|
Groups: upon advanced coordination only