Israel Museum

מוזיאון ישראל''/וייז, Jerusalem

972 2-670-8811

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Israel’s national museum boasts a well-curated roster of rotating exhibitions, a sprawling replica of Jerusalem, delightful art garden and most notably, the Shrine of the Book. The white-domed structure—built to resemble the jar in which the ancient manuscripts were found— houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical texts in the world. Discovered in 1947 in a cave near the Dead Sea, the documents are written on parchment, and significant as they are the earliest evidence of Jewish religious sentiments later included in the Hebrew Bible. Because of the delicate nature of the scrolls, they are not always on display, so check with your concierge before going.

Written by Emma Pierce

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