Jerusalem SUMMER Museum Exhibits & Activities 2020

Updated July 2020

Did you know that Jerusalem has more museums than any other Israeli city? During the summer the museums in Jerusalem go all out and host new exhibits with interactive workshops, tours and activities.

This year due to Corona we don’t know what to expect. Some of the museums have opened as usual but require tickets to be purchased in advance and others have decided to stay closed.

Fun In Jerusalem loves to inspire families to visit the local Jerusalem museums. Here is a list of the current exhibits and the special kids activities happening this summer. New information is added as we hear about it.

MUSEUM SUMMER EXHIBITS

BANAI: A Musical Journey from Persia to Jerusalem – Follow the personal story of the Banai family and the influence they have had on arts and culture in Israel. The most well known Banai family members in todays musical scene are Ehud & Evyatar Banai. The family preserved their traditions and customs from Persia while creating a new language and artistic style which became a symbol of modern Hebrew culture in Israel.

KING DAVID & The Night Spectacular – Each evening the walls of the Tower of David come alive with a spectacular light show depicting the story of Jerusalem. This year the new show KING DAVID tells the story of the Jewish King and his connection to the city of Jerusalem. ​Purchase Tickets.
65 NIS Adult | 55 NIS Child (3-18 yrs.)

Leonardo Da Vinci 500 – set at the First Station, this unique exhibit is the brainchild of producer Yaniv Cohen. Learn about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and his art. In this exhibition, dozens of giant machines inspired by Da Vinci’s plans and sketches will be exhibited in Israel for the first time, alongside new technologies that will create a fascinating and mesmerizing visual experience. Drawings, sketches, giant figures, moving physical models, holograms, screenings, and activities – all in a fascinating and interactive atmosphere suitable for the entire family – both young and old. July 2020 – October 2020

Botanical Gardens 02-679-4012
Fairy Tale Festival – August – Come and meet some of your favorite Fairy tale characters as you enjoy a magical evening in the Botanical Gardens. Tickets must be purchased in advance to follow the Corona guidelines.

City of David – The City of David is a unique archeological museum with daily tours through ancient aqueducts with water and dry tunnels. Walk the Hizkiyahu Tunnels with flashlights in knee deep water and see how the City of David constructed tunnels to bring water to the Temple. Walk in the Valley to Absalom’s Pillar, dig through ancient dirt to find artifacts, ride a camel or tour Mt of Olives. City of David is also running a family camping site this summer.

Hallelujah – Night Show at City of David – watch the story of this ancient city and King David as lights and sound are projected off the walls of the City of David. Shows every evening Sunday – Thursday. Take the shuttle from First Station parking lot to City of David.  Purchase Tickets. 
62 NIS Adult | 51 NIS Child

Escape Room at the Museum of Islamic Art02-566-1291 – info coming soon

For more festivals and summer events visit our calendar or Summer Events blog

JERUSALEM – Travel Abroad in Israel – Special Offer

This summer the Jerusalem Development Authority & the Mayor have a special offer for you.

👉You book at least one night in a participating Jerusalem Hotel between July 10-August 31.
🧳When you arrive you receive an exciting booklet of fun activities in Jerusalem
🎟You also receive a voucher (1 per person) which you can use towards a fun list of activities, museums and events.

All the instructions on how to redeem the voucher will be in the booklet or ask the concierge.

🎒Heritage Tours – Culinary Tours – Historical Sites – Museums – Wildlife Parks – Markets – Restaurants and Attractions

All of the activities participating in the campaign will adhere to the Ministry of Health’s current standards for avoiding Corona.


Jerusalem  Museums – call ahead to be sure they are open this summer

Begin Museum 02-5652020
“The story of Menachem Begin”
Tours by reservation. English or Hebrew.

Beit Eshkol 02-631-3091
“A Prime Minister’s House – The Life of Levi Eshkol”
Movie & interactive ipad tour (Hebrew or English) .

Bible Lands Museum – 02-5611066
“Summer Fun” – Information coming soon.

Biblical Museum of Natural History 073-213-1662
“A Natural History Museum that combines the zoo with a Torah Education Center.”
The museum has moved to a beautiful new location and will be opening soon for live tours. For now tours are virtual.

Ein Yael Museum 02-645-1866
Visit an Ancient Roman St. & meet the Craftsmen.
Summer Festival: August  – dates TBA
“Come to the Ein Yael Spring” Open Days: Dates TBA

Hebrew Music Museum 02-540-6505
“Experience Hebrew Music and Musical Instruments from Across the World”
Self Guided Tour with ipads or guided tour.
Theatrical Tours (Hebrew) call in advance for dates.

Herzl Museum 02-632-1515
“The Visionary of the Jewish State”
Tour the museum & Har Herzl.

Israel Museum 02-670-8811
The museum is not open yet. Exhibits to be announced soon

Museum of Italian Jewish Art 02-624-1610

Old City Museums 02-626-5906
The Burnt House
Herodian Quarter
The Hurva Synagogue

Old Yishuv Court Museum 02-627-6319
Stories of life in the Old City
Scavenger hunt- English & Hebrew.
“Games From the Past”

Rampart’s Walk
Walk the Southern walls till 10:00pm (Fri till 2:00pm), Northern walls till 7:00pm (Closed Fri)

Science Museum
Information coming soon.

Where to stay in Jerusalem this summer?

If you don’t live in Jerusalem then come and spend a few days here with our family. Check out the special offers for Sweet Inn furnished apartment rentals. Gives you a chance to feel like a local in a spotlessly clean, air conditioned, centrally located apartment with concierge services – yet maintain social distancing and privacy for your family.

If you prefer a small boutique hotel then find request a quote form the Templer Inn – located just off emek refaim the hotel has 4 family suites and is located in a historic Templer building. Revaya & Alon the original owner’s family will make you feel right at home. Reasonable prices for large family suites.

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