The Tower of David Jerusalem Museum, after an ambitious $50 million makeover and three years of meticulous construction, is now welcoming visitors. This remarkable transformation blends innovative architecture, a vast collection of artifacts, and an immersive visitor experience like no other. At the heart of its mission, the museum leverages cutting-edge interactive technology to deepen the understanding of Jerusalem’s storied 4,000-year history, propelling the Old City into the modern era.

Spearheaded by Dame Vivien Duffield and the Clore Israel Foundation, this transformative project received support from a coalition of partners, including the Municipality of Jerusalem, several ministries such as the Ministry of Jerusalem and Jewish Tradition, Ministry of Heritage, Ministry of Tourism, and contributions from the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation, Keren Hayesod, The Jerusalem Foundation, the American Friends of Museums in Israel, and the P Austin Foundation. The result of over a decade of planning, this project now stands as a beacon of cultural heritage and innovation.

A diverse team of experts, including archaeologists, architects, researchers, curators, and designers, collaborated to bring this vision to life. For the first time, the ancient citadel of the Tower of David is accessible to the public, bridging the gap between the historical narratives of the Old and New City.

Guests are greeted by a newly designed multi-level entrance pavilion at the Jaffa Gate, which not only serves as a modern gateway into the Old City but also facilitates an intuitive visitor journey through the museum. Inside, the museum unfolds Jerusalem’s rich tapestry of history across ten newly designed thematic galleries. These galleries cover the city’s connections to major religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—and feature detailed models of significant religious sites.

The museum’s innovative approach to storytelling is highlighted by its use of advanced technology, including 3D digital models, video mapping, and immersive installations, to bring Jerusalem’s history to life. An impressive 12-metre multimedia wall offers interactive experiences, from viewing historical maps to exploring 19th-century Jerusalem from above.

Moreover, the museum houses a collection of artifacts that span millennia, from 1st-century stone cups to ancient coins and Roman swords, many displayed in their original context for the first time. This technological backdrop does not overshadow the artifacts but rather enhances their historical significance.

The renovation has effectively doubled the museum’s footprint, now covering over 20,000 square meters, with the ancient citadel’s walls and minaret preserved. Accessibility has been a key focus, with the museum introducing a comprehensive Accessibility Program that includes an elevator, chair lifts, and ramps to ensure all visitors can explore the museum comfortably.

Eilat Lieber, the museum’s Director and Chief Curator, emphasizes that the museum offers a unique narrative setting that fosters dialogue, tolerance, and respect among its visitors. The museum aims to be a gateway to understanding Jerusalem’s rich history and its significance as an eternal city.

Since its opening on June 1, 2023, the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum offers daily guided tours in English, inviting both local and international visitors to immerse themselves in the enduring story of Jerusalem, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of this historic city.

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