Tower of David: Museum Of The History Of Jerusalem "Migdal David"
Jaffa Gate at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem, 02-626-5333.
The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is located in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David, near the JaffaGate, the historic entrance to the Old City. The Museum presents Jerusalem’s story. It details the major events in its history beginning with the first evidence of a city in Jerusalem in the second millennium BCE, until the city became the capital of the State of Israel, as well as its significance to three religions.
Children love to walk around the Citadel and the fortress and hear the stories of Jerusalem’s history; envisioning the old moat, draw bridge and tower. They can see a 360 degree view of Jerusalem when they climb the tower. The Museum has special children’s activities including treasure hunts and exhibitions. The Museum also hosts the Night Spectacular sound and light show each evening.
Temporary Exhibit: "The Kaiser is Coming! Breaking News: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany visits Jerusalem" See the new temporary exhibit of pictures from 1898 when kaiser Wilhelm visited the Old City. The exhibition will focus on the royal visit through the lens of journalism and media. It will highlight the complex preparations, the difficult journey, the lavish receptions, the public accolades, the formal occasions, the visit to the Temple Mount and the laying of cornerstones in his presence. The exhibition will explore the question of why so many journalists covered the visit and why so many inhabitants came out for the occasion.
Opening Date: Monday, October 29, 2012 (exactly 114 years since the historic visit!) Closing date: End of March 2013.
Bar/Bat Mitzva: Celebrate your special event at the Tower of David. Bar/Bat Mitzva's can be trained to lead the tour of the Museum and a private showing of the Night Spectacular can be arranged. Call Rachel 02-626-5321 for details.
Opening Hours September – June: Sunday to Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm Friday: closed (open for group visits w/ Reservation) Saturday, holiday eves, holidays 9:00am-2:00pm
July – August Sunday to Thursday, Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm Friday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Use the button above to order tickets to the museum and to the Night Spectacular online.
Adult 30 NIS Child (3 to 18) 15 NIS
The Night Spectacular (see times listed below) Adult 55 NIS Child (3 to 18) 45 NIS
Museum Admission + Night Spectacular Adult 70 NIS Child (3 to 18) 55 NIS
Hebrew: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 (in July and August also on Fridays at 10:30)
English: Sundays to Thursdays at 11:00 (in July and August also on Fridays at 11:00)
French: Tuesdays at 11:00
Tours are included in admission fee. Tours are not available on holidays and holiday eves.
Group Reservations By telephone: 02-6265327 By Email:
Guided tour reservations: By telephone: 02-6265347 By Email:
The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nightime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. Appropriate for ages 8+ Show run time: 45 minutes
Show Hours: Call to confirm 02-626-5333 July: Mon, Tue 8:30pm, 10:00pm Wed, Thu except July 29th 8:30pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm Sat 9:00pm, 10:00pm August: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:15pm, 11:15pm September: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat 8:00pm, 9:00pm October: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat 7:00pm, 8:00pm
November-February: Mon, Wed, Thurs 6:00pm, 7:00pm Saturday 7:30pm, 8:30pm
March: Mon, Wed, Thurs 7:00pm, 8:00pm Saturday 7:30pm, 8:30pm
How To Get To The Tower of David
Carta carpark at the foot of the Jaffa Gate or Alrov Mamilla Avenue carpark – paid parking. You can also park in the Mamilla Mall parking for 3 hours free and walk through the mall to get to Jaffa Gate. Make sure to stop and buy something on the way.
Line 20 from the central bus station, line 60 from Binyanei HaUma (Jerusalem International Convention Center).
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