Dame Vivien Duffield, the Museum’s major contributor and supporter, hosted an unforgettable evening celebrating twenty years of the Tower of David Museum. Guests were treated to a look back in time to when Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, President of Israel Chaim Herzog and Dame Vivien inaugurated the Museum. Dame Vivien delighted the guests with a personal account of the trials and tribulations which accompanied the establishment and founding of the landmark Museum.
Looking towards the future, she announced that the Clore Israel Foundation, of which she is chairman, is committed to the museum's presentation of the multi-faceted, pluralistic, history of Jerusalem and pledged her support to upgrade the Museum in order to bring it into the new century as a leading edge institution. Dame Vivien’s children, Dr. Arabella Duffield and George Duffield attended the event as well as Minister of Social Affairs and Social Services, Isaac Herzog and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. A multi-media show presented the history of the Museum and the opening ceremony. Click here to revisit the highlights of the 1989 ceremony.
Winter Magic at the Museum
Winter time is special at the Tower of David. Visit the exhibition and find out about Chanukah and the Maccabees and discover the Hasmonean Wall in the courtyard. Enjoy special events that promise a brilliant holiday season for the entire family with performances, tours, the fantastic Night Spectacular and more.
Highlights of the Museum
One of the most beautiful spots in the Museum can be enjoyed just as you enter the imposing gate of the Citadel, cross the wooden drawbridge and enter the outer courtyard. The lovely outdoor space, graced by an old olive tree, a pool of water and surrounded by a garden was presumably used as an open-air mosque and displays an inscription marking the restoration in 1531-2 by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Today it is a tranquil place maintained for all visitors thanks to the generosity of the Dwek family, through the Jerusalem Foundation.
Will the Sun Rise Tomorrow? - Extraordinary nighttime tours of the Old City in search of the myths, legends and rituals traditionally related during the long nights of winter. Chanukah lights, Christian rituals and pagan myths are all explored in a unique tour, culminating with the Night Spectacular. More Details……
Chanukah nights are ablaze with the sounds of jazz bands, swing tunes
and Middle Eastern harmonies. Come to the Citadel and enjoy the winter
darkness by celebrating three nights of world music in the ancient Crusader Hall. More Details……
Encounter Series – Thought provoking lectures followed by unique theme tours through the Old City of Jerusalem. More Details……
Hallelujah! - Liturgical music from the Old and New Testament performed
by the musical group Aeterna. Following the concert, a tour from the Museum to the adjacent monasteries and churches in honor of Christmas as celebrated in the streets of the Old City. More Details……
Is there a junior explorer in your family? A self-guided children’s exploration tour will be offered to families over the Chanukah vacation. Be sure to pick up your copy at the information desk!
The Night Spectacular – the acclaimed light and sound show continues to draw crowds. Be sure to book in advance! More Details……
New Children’s Room Opens
At last, children have a room to call their own. An ancient water cistern, built in the 6th century during the Byzantine period, and rediscovered during the original restoration of the Museum, has been transformed into an airy space for creative children’s activities that complement guided visits to the Museum. The Education Department, which offers fascinating journeys into the past, present and future of Jerusalem, now has a unique room to allow children to engage in both creative and educational workshops.
Museum Guide Course
The Tower of David is opening the newest session of a two week concentrated course for Museum guides and volunteers. The course is an intensive study of the history of Jerusalem and also introduces the participants to museum studies and pedagogic techniques. If you have a strong background in Israel and Jerusalem studies, then you may have an opportunity to become an official guide at the Museum by applying to the Museum Guide Course. More Details…….
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader and spokesman for non-violence and universal human values, visited the Museum this past month. He was in Israel to attend the International President’s Conference, spoke at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and found time to take a break and enjoy the harmony of the Museum and its archaeological gardens.
The Museum was restored and developed with the aid of Dame Vivien Duffield and the Clore Israel
Foundation, through the Jerusalem Foundation
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