Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem

Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem

Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located in the restored ancient Citadel of Jerusalem at the entrance to the Old City, the Tower of David Museum tells the story of the city through history. The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through 3000 years of history, using models, displays and multi media so that the timeline of the city comes to life. The museum stages temporary exhibitions which integrate the unique location and majesty of the ancient Citadel and its history with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues. It hosts lectures and special musical, educational and cultural events. The 2 night shows, both the Night Spectacular and KING DAVID are world renowned and present Jerusalem's special character and beauty screened in lights, images and music on the ancient walls in the Citadel courtyard. Admission to the unique 360° view point over the old and new city of Jerusalem is 15 NIS only!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Emily B
    Washington DC, District of Columbia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent overview of the history of Jerusalem
    This museum was excellent and very conveniently located just inside Jaffa gate. The displays were well-organized and presented in an intuitive manner. Audio tours were provided in multiple languages. The experience provides visitors with a relatively brief description of the history of Jerusalem and background for the different groups who currently inhabit it. Our visit was especially helpful for my pre-teen and teenage children so they could understand the history of the sites as we walked around Jerusalem. Would recommend visiting this museum early in your visit to Jerusalem. It is very well done and the building itself is lovely.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • realtangobabe
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Light and sound show was amazing
    We went there twice first in the evening for the light and sound show. This was amazing so worthwhile. It was a really good introduction to the history of the city as well as being stunningly beautiful. We went back the next day in the daytime to explore the tower itself which I would also recommend doing.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,449 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient tower is a Jerusalem landmark
    The Tower of David is an ancient site, dating back to the First Temple. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The Tower of David adjoins the Jaffa Gate, in the Old City. The Museum has many interesting archeological relics, dating from over 2,500 years ago. The Tower of David is often used for community events. The Tower of David is an interesting feature of Jerusalem's Old City.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Inamarom
    Haifa, Israel72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and beautiful site, but...
    We participated in a guided tour (free of charge) of the site which was interesting. Our guide was pleasant and patient, very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions to the best of his ability. The view from the wall surrounding the citadel, both towards the old city and the Mount of Olives and towards the western city, is spectacular. But, the floor in the women's restroom was filthy and remained so even after two hours, even though I called the attention of the receptionist at the entrance to the site and noticed that she called a cleaning worker. It is not enough to call, you also need to make sure that the task is carried out.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
  • catalin s
    Craiova, Romania271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice experience
    Nice museum, focused on the history of Jerusalem, from it's earliest signs of living until today. Due to it's location, it is challenging to navigate. Also, I found quite strange how the path inside the museum are signaled and created. You even exit at a different point than the entry one. Must be in good physical condition, lots of stairs, up and down, plus the old ramparts with uneven surfaces. There is a mix of traditional and hi-tech exhibits, it could be a nice place to spend some time if you are interested in history.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 5, 2024
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George H
27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Entry to the Citadel (Tower of David) includes two audio tours around the open site but no museum. They are both reasonably informative, despite some thudderingly obvious statements. Highlights include the stunning panoramic view and aluminium models of the site through the ages (including a poignant representation of Golgotha at the time of the second temple). It’s also pretty atmospheric and when we went, delightfully quiet. I’m afraid I couldn’t get very excited about the various walls in the Kishle. It’s worth a visit early on to get your head around the origins of the city but paying the standard ticket price of £40 for 4 adults without the museum seems a bit steep, but that’s Jerusalem for you.
Written August 1, 2022
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Shahar L
Tel Aviv, Israel259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This museum hosts a variety of items between the old well maintained ruins of david's citadel. during our visit we saw 3 exhibitions- the kishle (which is a stunning old fortress with rich history) the bird view (many findings across the citadel) and the banai exhibition- about a talented family of performers in israel. we enjoyed our tour very much- adults and kids alike.
Written August 7, 2020
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wlaura
Bucharest, Romania401 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went for the light show, it costs 70 shekel which is a lot, the show is very mediocre not to speak about the fact that in the winter you sit outside in cold and even rain.
A very bad idea. I've seen much better shows (for ex. in Brussels) for free, no money.
Written February 8, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Last stop on our Israeli road trip was Jerusalem. We didn't walk a full circuit of the walls although we did a section of it. We also visited the Tower of David Museum and Citadel, located in the Phasael Tower, one of the original towers built by Herod the Great to defend Jerusalem.
The tower was incorporated into the citadel that held out against the Crusaders for 5 weeks before the capture of Jerusalem in 1099. It was then attacked, destroyed and rebuilt several times during the Crusades and the final structure now is largely a result of Mamluk and Ottoman rebuilding.
It was great to wander around and look at the various layers and time periods incorporated in the buildings and ongoing excavations. The best part was the models of the city at various periods so you cold see both the size and layout but also the major buildings.
Written December 15, 2022
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goodguyjas
London, UK1,164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
On the edge of the old city is the first place I wanted to go to. The brilliant woman at the ticket office was very helpful and explained the renovation work that would affect part of my visit but was happy to pay and also get the audio device to play the commentary. You have to leave a physical deposit like a credit card or driving license etc for the loan. Once inside made for the roof to survey the area. Yes, the tower was scaffolded but the area looked like history still and you can only imagine who has stepped foot here. You are now part of that history. Great views all around and the inner area still transports you back in time. Now there is a restaurant here so tables were setup, which spoiled the look but not end of the world. Lots of places to walk, up and down and along walkways. Felt safe and good footing. Builders and a few places are taken over from the public. But still a good area to see. The Fabulous view of the Temple Mount and the Mount Of Olives area in the distance are a big highlight of the museum. Great pictures. Plus the city in the foreground.

Walked around and you could visit some rooms and also walk to the Kishle lookout. Note you can continue to walk along the battlements and out of the museum. This area is open to the public. So remember to come back if you have the audio guide!

Still great with renovating going on. Amazing feeling being here.
Written September 6, 2022
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Tah
Singapore379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This museum is one of the best historical experiences available in the area. Definitely worth the time and effort to go through. A little physically challenging in some spaces, and it is large, so takes a while to get through, but I always enjoy the effort and always learn something new each time.
Written August 11, 2022
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Yigal L
Israel151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The so-called "Tower of David" is actually the citadel of the Old City of Jerusalem, built by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century, over the ruins of previous citadels, going back to the first century BCE (King Herod the Great), which were built over fortifications going back to the late First Temple Period (8-6 centuries BCE). The iconic round tower is actually the minaret of the Turkish mosque. The citadel was first used as a museum in the 1920's under British rule, and the Israeli museum, dedicated to the history of Jerusalem, opened in the 1980's. Now, after several years of renovations, the museum reopened, and I was curious to see the new exhibit.
I must say that I was a bit disappointed. The Site itself is an architectural and archaeological treasure, and the internal landscaping is nice, but the exhibit itself is not as good as I remembered the previous one to be. It’s all interactive, with lots of multi-screen films, an audio guide (which come free with admission!) and so on, but it’s less instructive that it could be. Instead of taking the visitor on an orderly tour of Jerusalem’s history, as you would expect, the museum accentuates the centrality of Jerusalem to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in a way that only scratches the surface of each. The rest of the exhibits are made to emphasize multiculturality, and major periods and topics are simply skipped over. An uneducated visitor might be impressed, but would not come out with a real understanding of the history of the city.
On the plus side, since I did visit at the height of summer vacation, the museum did offer various attractions for children, including a juggler and opportunities to dress up in various costumes.
Written August 25, 2023
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Inamarom
Haifa, Israel72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We participated in a guided tour (free of charge) of the site which was interesting. Our guide was pleasant and patient, very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions to the best of his ability. The view from the wall surrounding the citadel, both towards the old city and the Mount of Olives and towards the western city, is spectacular. But, the floor in the women's restroom was filthy and remained so even after two hours, even though I called the attention of the receptionist at the entrance to the site and noticed that she called a cleaning worker. It is not enough to call, you also need to make sure that the task is carried out.
Written March 13, 2024
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IMLady_Marion
United States133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
This night sound and light show projected on the ancient walls of the Citadel is quite a different experience from viewing the Museum during the day. I'd recommend doing both. This is my third time, and I've never ceased to be amazed. Be prepared for cool to cold nights in Jerusalem so dress accordingly. The ticket office sells fleece blankets if that gives you a clue. While the show itself is under an hour, it packs quite a memorable experience. I've seen laser light and sound shows projected on flat and granite walls throughout the world. To see it on ancient walls in Jerusalem is a goosebump inducing experience.
Written November 13, 2022
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catalin s
Craiova, Romania271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Nice museum, focused on the history of Jerusalem, from it's earliest signs of living until today. Due to it's location, it is challenging to navigate. Also, I found quite strange how the path inside the museum are signaled and created. You even exit at a different point than the entry one. Must be in good physical condition, lots of stairs, up and down, plus the old ramparts with uneven surfaces.
There is a mix of traditional and hi-tech exhibits, it could be a nice place to spend some time if you are interested in history.
Written June 6, 2024
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