Jerusalem’s historic sites are amazing, but sometimes visitors want to get a taste of Israeli culture too. Where to go to see the best art in Jerusalem?
Jerusalem doesn’t have just one “art museum” – - there are many places to take in art in the holy city, so here are some suggestions to get you started.
The renewed Israel Museum (reopened in 2010) is the first stop for anyone interested in the broadest expanse of Israeli and Jewish art. Here, in beautiful galleries, visitors can view the permanent exhibits that include the Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life; temporary exhibits in the Wexner Gallery; the Safra Fine Arts Wing that includes everything from Israeli Art, Contemporary and Modern Art to an Asian Art section and Prints and Drawings. The Art Garden on the western side of the Museum is quite spectacular–dotted with pieces by some of the great sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries.
This private museum is a small gem. Located near the Presidents Residence and the Jerusalem Theater, the Islamic Art Museum features one of the most important collections of Islamic art in the world. Pieces include artifacts from the 7th to the 19th centuries and there’s always an interesting temporary exhibit too.
Right next door to the imposing Great Synagogue on King George Street in the Hechal Shlomo Building, you’ll find a fascinating collection of Jewish objects and art. Here you’ll find sacred objects used in synagogues from all over the world as well as paintings and sculptures by some of the world’s most renowned Jewish artists. Here too, there’s always an interesting temporary exhibit.
In the center of town, the Anna Ticho House (that also houses a wonderful kosher dairy cafe) is the place to see a collection of Anna Ticho’s paintings of Jerusalem as well as the temporary exhibit in the small first floor gallery. Anna Ticho House is a branch of the Israel Museum and also features a wonderful art library on the ground floor.