The Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem uses quirky contemporary architecture to house and display ancient manuscripts — including the first Dead Sea Scrolls to be discovered. The building’s white-tiled dome is shaped like the lid of the first jar in which the scrolls were found at Qumran. In contrast nearby stands a black basalt wall. The black-white imagery symbolises the theme of one of the scrolls — The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness. Map.
The Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book are open:
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm (Wed in August 10 am – 9 pm)
Tues 4 pm – 9 pm (Tues in August 10 am – 9 pm)
Fri and Holiday Eves 10 am – 2 pm
Sat and Holidays 10 am – 5 pm
Free entrance for children (under 18, excluding groups and workshops) on Tues and Sat thoughout the year, courtesy of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum and David and Inez Myers, Cleveland, Ohio
Free admission for soldiers doing compulsory military service and those doing National Service is courtesy of the Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August the Museum will be open from 10 am – 9 pm.
Entrance for children will be free for the entire month of August, courtesy of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum and David and Inez Myers of Cleveland, Ohio.
Special Hours in August, 2016
|Aug 13||Sat||Eve of Ninth of Av||10 am – 5 pm|
|Aug 14||Sun||Ninth of Av||10 am – 5 pm|
Tishrei Holidays, October 2016
|Oct 2||Sun||Rosh Hashanah Eve||10 am – 2 pm|
|Oct 3||Mon||Rosh Hashanah||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 4||Tues||Rosh Hashanah||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 11, 12||Tues, Wed||Yom Kippur Eve and Yom Kippur||Closed|
|Oct 16||Sun||Sukkot Eve||10 am – 2 pm|
|Oct 17||Mon||Sukkot||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 18||Tues||First intermediate day||10 am – 9 pm Kite-Flying Festival|
|Oct 19||Wed||Second intermediate day||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 20||Thurs||Third intermediate day||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 21||Fri||Fourth intermediate day||10 am – 2 pm|
|Oct 22||Sat||Fifth intermediate day||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 23||Sun||Hoshana Raba and Holiday Eve||10 am – 2 pm Free entrance for All
in memory of BERTHA K. GREEN
|Oct 24||Mon||Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah||10 am – 5 pm|
|Oct 25||Tues||Post-holiday||4 pm – 9 pm|
Free entrance for children (until age 18, excluding workshops, performances, and special events) during the 8 Days of Sukkot, Oct 17-25, courtesy of Ernst and Jacqueline Weil Stiftung, Zürich.