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Rockefeller Museum
31.784399° N, 35.235643° E
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1927 constructed

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    Located near Herod's Gate, and named for John D. Rockefeller, who financed its construction with a gift of $2 million in 1927, the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum is a treasury of regional archaeological finds ranging from the Stone Age to the 18th century. The museum's eclectic 1930s design is a Jerusalem landmark that combines elements of Byzantine, Islamic, and art deco, and includes a beautiful cloister garden set around a reflecting pool. The building was damaged during the Six-Day War, but thankfully the museum's displays were barely affected. Much of the collection was excavated in Acre and Galilee by American and English archaeologists during the first half of this century. The museum also holds a number of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the bulk of which are in the Israel Museum. view full text →

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Holly Hayes
First published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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