If you only visit one museum in Israel, this has to be it, as the Israel Museum is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. It’s vast grounds host a collection numbering almost 500,000 objects from prehistory to the present in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. This museum has a little bit of everything, from Egyptian mummies to a mosaic Islamic prayer niche from 17th-century Persia; the interior of a Surinamese synagogue and the Pilate stone – the only physical evidence of the existence of Pontius Pilate.
The Israel Museum was established in 1965 as Israel’s national museum and is located close to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) the Supreme Court and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It was extensively extended and refurbished reopening in 2010.
The museum’s entrance and interior passages are wheelchair accessible. A transfer vehicle is available for those who have difficulty walking the Route of Passage from the entrance to the main museum.