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Israel Museum, Jerusalem to Reopen on August 13 with Range of Major Exhibitions, Highlights of the Permanent Collections, and Outdoor Art Garden

Jerusalem, Israel
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UPDATE: In accordance with government regulations, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem will close its doors to the public beginning Friday, September 18. For more information and updates regarding IMJ’s temporary closure, please visit the IMJ website

WHAT: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (IMJ) will reopen to the public on Thursday, August 13, with significant special exhibitions spanning ancient history to the contemporary moment, including an exploration of the human form across time and media and a visual study connecting hieroglyphics and emoji. For the month of August, the Israel Museum is additionally offering free admission to children under age 18. 

Several special exhibitions that were forced to close due to COVID-19 will once again be on view, including:

The Museum’s reopening also includes access to the Isamu Noguchi–designed outdoor Billy Rose Art Garden, featuring work by renowned artists including Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and James Turrell. Also on view are the Israel Museum’s dynamic permanent collections, with visitor favorites like the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in IMJ’s Shrine of the Book, and a 1,000-square-meter model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Please visit IMJ’s exhibitions page for the most up-to-date information on exhibitions and installations. 

“We are thrilled to reopen the Israel Museum,” said Ido Bruno, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. “As the largest cultural institution in Israel, we believe in the power of experiencing art in-person, and have implemented strict measures to ensure we can open our doors safely. During these uncertain times, people are in need of culture more than ever, and we are delighted to be welcoming back our dedicated visitors who have been eagerly awaiting to visit our museum.”

In preparation for the reopening, IMJ has developed and instituted additional robust visitor procedures to ensure visitor safety during COVID-19, including limiting the number of visitors to one visitor per square meter and requiring all visitors to purchase advance online tickets. All staff will wear face coverings, and visitors over the age of seven will also be required to wear face coverings when visiting the Museum. The Museum’s protocols also include frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day, the encouragement of social distancing through floor decals and signage, and access to hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum. To visit IMJ: 

  • IMJ will measure the body temperature of all visitors through a touchless thermal camera. Entry will not be permitted to anyone with a body temperature over 38 degrees Celsius. No entry will be granted to visitors showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Visitors over the age ofseven  will be required to wear a face covering;
  • The Museum requires visitors to purchase timed tickets online in advance of their visit; 
  • The Museum will be operating on special hours for the month of August: closed on Sundays and Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, closed on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays;
  • Elevators inside the museum will be limited to two visitors or a single family unit, and give preference to individuals with accessibility challenges;
  • The Museum shop will operate in accordance with the State of Israel’s Ministry of Health guidelines; 
  • Visitors will be encouraged to use a digital map of the Museum; and
  • Wheelchairs will be available, with sanitation measures in place. 

For more information on the IMJ’s reopening procedures and online registration, visit

WHEN: The IMJ will reopen to the public on Thursday, August 13 with special hours of operation for the month of August. August hours for the galleries and museum shop are: 

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm


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