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Shrine of the Book


The Shrine of the Book is the home of several exceptional archaeological finds: the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts. The dome covers a structure which is two-thirds below the ground, and is reflected in a pool of water that surrounds it.


The striking juxtaposition of the white dome and black basalt wall, precise and opposing geometrical shapes, creates a monumental effect and an extraordinary phenomenon in the Israeli landscape.


Here are the many ways to learn more about and experience the Dead Sea Scrolls:

Interactive Virtual Tour of the Shrine of the Book

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Explore the Isaiah Scroll

Explore the Temple Scroll

The Qumran Community



The Qumran Library

The Shrine Complex

Interactive Tours of the Shrine, the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem,
and the Dead Sea Scrolls

A Wandering Bible: The Aleppo Codex

The Dorot Auditorium

For children: A 20-minute Hebrew animation film for ages 6+: Time Tunnel: The Story of the Dead Sea



Museum Information
Please feel free to contact Museum Information with any questions.

The Israel Museum is located in Jerusalem on Ruppin Boulevard, near the Knesset (Israeli Parliament).

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
POB 71117
Jerusalem, 9171002
Tel: 972-2-670-8811
Fax: 972-2-677-1332

Regular Museum hours

Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm
Tues 4-9 pm (The Museum is closed on Tuesday mornings and during special holiday hours)
Fri and holiday eves 10 am – 2 pm
Sat and holidays 10 am – 5 pm

מלתחהCloakroom and folding chairs
A cloakroom and folding chairs are available at the end of the Route of Passage, next to the elevators. Please inquire at the Information Desk.

נגישות לנכיםWheelchairs and disabled access
Wheelchairs are available in the Entrance Pavilion. Please inquire at the Information Desk for details. Much of the Israel Museum is wheelchair-accessible, and an ongoing renovation program continues to improve access for the disabled. Wheelchair-accessible places include the entrance pavilion,  the Shrine of the Book, and the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period.

Download the PDF accessibility map of the campus.


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