Eilat Lieber, Director & Chief Curator

From its prominent location adjacent to the Jaffa Gate at the entrance to the Old City, the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum is a leading international museum as well as a national heritage site containing significant archaeological finds dating back 3,000 years. Since its inception over thirty years ago, the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum has evolved into a dynamic center of cultural life in Jerusalem, welcoming over 500,000 visitors a year from around the world.

The Museum is unique among cultural institutions in that it is the only museum in the world that tells Jerusalem's full story. Spread over 2.5 acres, the Museum explains the significance of Jerusalem as the timeless capital of the Jewish people as well as a city that is holy and significant to three faiths.

In addition to the outstanding exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum’s world-renowned Night Spectacular tells that story in unique ways. Offering a multi-sensory sound and light presentation of the history of Jerusalem, giant, breathtaking images are projected onto the Citadel walls creating a virtual reality that envelops the audience with music and art.

On June 1st, 2023, the new Tower of David Jerusalem Museum opened its doors to the public following a $50 million renewal and conservation project. The ancient citadel together with the archaeological treasures found within its walls were preserved and conserved. The area of the Museum doubled its size and for the first time ever, this historic landmark has become more easily accessible with the addition of elevators.

The brand-new core exhibition, juxtaposed against the stones of the ancient Jerusalem fortress, uses advanced technologies to present the history of Jerusalem in exciting ways. A new, two-floor entrance pavilion will open in November 2023.

Built of glass and Jerusalem stone and blending seamlessly into the historic architecture of the Tower of David citadel, it contains an entrance lobby, ticketing area, and cloak room. A shaded terraced café accessible from the entrance lobby overlooks the Old City walls and the new city.

A new exhibition gallery space will open to the public in November 2023. Built beneath the ticket office of the entrance pavilion, it will allow the Museum to explore different aspects of Jerusalem's story through temporary exhibitions that tell the story of the city by weaving the legacy of the past with the art and culture of today. The curatorial and education teams at the Museum have tapped into this synergy between the old and the new by creating new programming aimed at serving underserved populations including minority populations, people with disabilities and those from the socio-economic periphery.

The renewed Tower of David Jerusalem Museum, at the Jaffa Gate entrance, has become the new gateway to the Old City allowing first-time visitors and returning friends of the Museum to become immersed in the many different stories of this eternal city.

Click here to watch a short video on the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum.