Right on what had been the no man's land between East and West Jerusalem, this old Turkish-era mansion was turned into a fortress and used as an Israeli command post during the 1948 War of Independence and up until 1967. Until 1999, the museum was dedicated to the history of divided Jerusalem. Now the museum has become sociopolitical contemporary, attempting to establish dialogue, understanding, and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, using lectures, art exhibits, and state-of-the art media displays. The museum hosts special education groups daily from 9am to 3pm, but call ahead to confirm, as this can change.
To get here, from East Jerusalem, continue up Nablus Road; you'll pass East Jerusalem's American consulate building. Nablus Road goes to the right of the consulate. Detour left across the busy Rte. 1 highway to Tourjeman Post on the highway's western side. From West Jerusalem, it's on the edge of Mea Shearim.
- © Frommer's 2013