Hebrew Music Museum exhibits antique musical instruments from various historical periods and geographical places. And all this is done using the latest technology. Let’s begin exploring!
Hebrew Music Museum is located on Yoel Moshe Salomon 10, Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, Jerusalem.
Map of the area:
You can drive there and look for parking at the Kikar Hamusica parking lot or another one. But I would not suggest entering Jerusalem by car. You can reach the museum by public transport. Here is a link to Moovit, where you can update your starting point and get updated directions. And my favorite way is to park for free at Givat Hatachmoshet and take the Citypass light rail. Both the “City Hall” and the “Jaffa – Center” stops are within a short walk.
Sunday – Thursday: 9:30 – 20:00
Friday and holidays: 9:30 – 13:30
Adult: 60 NIS
Child (5 – 17 years old) or senior citizen: 45 NIS
Student: 40 NIS
Opening hours and ticket prices were updated in February 2021. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.
Note: you can buy tickets at the official site.
There are standard discounts for Yerushalmi Club members (Jerusalem residents). You can also buy discounted tickets at cpnclub.co.il. It offers an adult ticket for 49 NIS and child ticket for 39 NIS.
You have two options to tour this museum:
- Guided tour – you can join a 1 – 1.5 hour guided tour.
- Independent tour – choose this option if you prefer to visit at your own pace or cannot get to the guided tour. In this case, you will get a tablet, where the animated guide “Grandpa Levi” will tell you about the exhibits in the museums. That is the tour that we did.
As mentioned above, you can buy tickets at the official site. When purchasing tickets, you also select the time of the visit, and there you can see the times of the guided tours.
On entrance, each of us received a tablet with headphones. Using the tablet, you can scan something similar to QR codes and receive relevant information.
The museum showcases antique instrument collections of original and restored various historical periods. And from different places related to special museum spaces, are shown manuscripts, liturgical poems, and the possibility of interactive activities in each space and space. The seven key cards design spaces. Which are Central Asia, Morocco, Andalusia, Iraq milk and Egypt, Ashkenazi-European, Balkan, African-Jewish Yemeni and space, (there is presented a unique model of the Temple), where the people of Israel left their mark in these areas as well as those areas that are characterized led and various musical movements and special musical culture affect people.
Source: unless stated otherwise, all quotes were taken from the official site.
The Hebrew Music Museum is part of the Music Square (Kikar Hamusica) Project.
The Music Museum is part of the renovation of Jerusalem’s city center and is part of the renovation of houses, neighborhoods, gardens, buildings, light railway buildings, and cultural development that has intensified in recent years. Music Square is the fruit of many years of the Hebrew people’s passion and the best way to shed light on the nations of the world.
Kikar Hamusica holds various events (including free concerts), several restaurants, an art gallery, a gift shop, and of course, the Hebrew Music Museum.
You can find additional information and the concert timetable at Music Square’s official site.
The Seven Spaces
One of the reasons I wanted to visit the Hebrew Music Museum is the beautiful photos I saw online. After all, I am a photographer and not a musician 😉 And indeed, the interior is stunning.
Each room is designed per the geographical area.
There are also several gaming stations. This is something similar to guitar hero, just using antique instruments.
Near each stand, you can see the “QR codes.” In most cases, they offer general explanations about the musical instrument and let you hear a short piece performed using the instrument.
Just look at this ceiling:
Here you can see me holding a tablet, with the explanations about Tunisian Mizwad.
Mizwad is a bagpipe. And I thought that Scottish Great Highland bagpipes are something unique. But it turns out there are many bagpipes variations, and they were played in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and other areas.
The mezuzahs in every room were different and related to music.
Another gaming area where the harder you blow, the brighter it becomes. The night at the screen turns into day.
There was a tourist group around the model of the temple. Thus we continued to the Iraq area.
This masterpiece is the Babylonian harp. The Babylonian harp is considered one of the first string instrument. There are documented usage of the Babylonian harp at 2800 BC.
Model Of The Temple
We returned to the model of the Temple. Around the model, there are three stations. One of the staff members helped us sit on a station and put on the headphones and the goggles. Then they started the movie. It is about ten minute VR movie that tours you through the Temple Mount, including the Temple. I am not an expert in VR, but to me, the graphics looked pretty good. And overall, this was a powerful experience.
Art And Music Gallery
Model of the Temple was our last stop in the museum. And when we exited, we visited the nearby Art And Music Gallery.
The gallery features works of art whose common theme is music. You will find sculptures, paintings, decorated instruments, and art objects representing music in all its forms. These creations are made exclusively by Jewish artists.
It is mostly a gift show, with many delightful items. They are not cheap, but lovely to look at.
How Much Time a Typical Visit Takes?
Hebrew Music Museum is not a big museum. The whole visit took us about two hours. And if we use big data, then according to Google: “People typically spend up to 2.5 hours here”.
When To Visit
Since the museum is not big, even one touristic group (consisting of 20 – 30 people) can make a long line at the temple model VR experience. Thus, I would suggest visiting in the middle of the week, i.e., not Fridays, and not during holidays. In other words, when the number of visitors is expected to be small.
The last thing I wanted to mention is that occasionally, the Hebrew Music Museum holds special events. These are usually lectures and concerts. And you can find additional information at the official site.
Hebrew Music Museum is a unique place. Starting with the ancient musical instruments and ending with all technological innovations that make information much more accessible. And as you probably guessed by now, we loved the museum, and I would recommend visiting it.
For nearby attractions, check Jerusalem.
Have you ever been to the Hebrew Music Museum? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.