The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, located in the ancient fortress that guards the entrance to historic Jerusalem, is dedicated to telling the story of the dramatic events that have made Jerusalem unique in world civilization. The visitor crosses the drawbridge and enters the guardrooms, picturesque courtyards and turreted fortifications of this 3000-year-old archaeological site for a fascinating tour of the rich and colorful history of the city.
Central to the Museum's mission is communicating an understanding of the varied character of Jerusalem, its spiritual significance and the complex realities it faces. Jerusalem is rediscovered through the Museum's fascinating and panoramic exhibit; through special exhibitions and events; and through an array of educational programs and innovative learning experiences for children and adults.
A variety of modern multi-media techniques and reconstructions make up the permanent exhibition that recounts the city’s past in an exciting and accessible manner.
Visitors progress along a time line of history to learn about the customs, events and people who have left their imprint on the city and on civilization. Additionally, the Museum itself is a fascinating archaeological site, a citadel whose fortifications were built and rebuilt and offers lasting testimony to Jerusalem's turbulent and spiritual past.
As a leading cultural institution in Jerusalem, the Tower of David presents special exhibitions that highlight unique aspects of the history, art and traditions of the city, both historical and contemporary. These innovative exhibits draw on the Museum's spectacular setting to combine the magnificence of the ancient fortress and its momentous history with a modern presentation of artistic and cultural themes. The Museum also sponsors lectures as well as special events focusing on music, dance and drama which are enhanced by the location and its special ambience.
Hebrew: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30am (in July and August also on Fridays at 10:30am).
English: Sundays to Thursdays at 11am (in July and August also on Fridays at 11am),
French: Tuesdays at 11am Tours are included in admission fee.
Note: Tours are not available on holidays and holiday eves.