The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, situated in a magnificent white limestone edifice in East Jerusalem, houses the extraordinary collection of antiquities unearthed in excavations conducted in the country mainly during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948). The Museum was opened in 1938.
The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum contains thousands of artifacts arranged in chronological order, ranging from prehistoric times to the Ottoman period, including a 9,000-year old statue from Jericho, gold jewelry from the Bronze Age, and much more. Forty-eight historical black-and-white photographs of archaeological sites have recently been added to the permanent exhibition. The photographs document the pioneering archaeologists' extensive work throughout the country in the first decades of the twentieth century.
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Ashkelon: A Retrospective:
30 Years of the Leon Levy Expedition
A wide-ranging selection of marble statues, coins, jewelry, figurines, and pottery are displayed together for the first time in this comprehensive exhibition devoted to ancient Ashkelon, whose history spans 5,000 years. Situated at the crossroads of major land and sea routes, Ashkelon, with its bustling port, was a meeting ground for many peoples and cultures, from Canaanites, Philistines, and Phoenicians to Greeks, Romans, and Crusaders.
The artifacts on display were found over the course of two centuries of archaeological excavation, including three decades of intensive investigation by the Leon Levy Expedition. Highlights include a silver calf found in a Canaanite temple adjacent to the oldest arched gate in the world and Egyptian ritual vessels (situlae) from the period of the city’s destruction at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.
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A Calf and Its Shrine, Middle Bronze Age, 16th century BCE
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Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am – 3 pm
Sat 10 am – 2 pm
Closed Tues, Fri, and holiday eves
The Museum is located at 27 Sultan Suleiman Street (just outside the Old City Wall, near Herod's Gate – a short ride from the Jerusalem Municipality).
Buses 1, 3, and 51
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Entrance is free of charge.
Parking is available only on Saturday.
Visitors are advised to dress warmly in the winter because the Museum is unheated.
The Rockefeller Museum
c/o The Israel Museum
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