The Burnt House is a magnificent building, revealed during excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem. How does this museum get its name? It was named, The Burnt House, because it represents the buildings and community that were burned during the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in the first century. This was a very important archaeological find that teaches us about life in Jerusalem during the Temple period.
In the museum, you can walk through rooms that are virtually intact with artifacts from the time of the 2nd Temple. Stones burnt by an intense fire, scorched wooden beams and layers of ash and soot, testify to the huge fire that raged here.
The museum answers questions such as: How did the residents live? What did they believe in? Why did the house burn down? The answers are learned by analyzing archaeological artifacts and a multi-media presentation describing the daily life of the people who lived here.