Jerusalem, the capital of Israel and its largest city, is located at an altitude of about 750 meters above sea level – and already on the road leading to Jerusalem on your way to it, you will feel the height differences. During the winter months, Jerusalem is one of the few places in Israel where you can experience snow! It is a few days a year, but as long as it is not a storm but only snow, visiting the city during this period is characterized by a white and festive atmosphere and adds a lot of charm to a stay in the holy and unique city.
Along with the white winter atmosphere, which is very rare in Israel’s Mediterranean climate, in Jerusalem during the winter months – engaging activities, museums, and attractions, indoors of course – will ensure great enjoyment in the city even in the winter months.
Museums in Jerusalem
The museums in Jerusalem are active all months of the year – and as befits a large city, Jerusalem has a wide variety of museums in various fields. Here are some fascinating and unique museums that are a must-visit:
Yad Vashem is an essential and rare museum of its kind that deals with crucial activities that are unparalleled – commemoration, documentation, education, teaching, and research in everything related to the Holocaust. The Yad Vashem complex is located on the Mount of Remembrance, Mount Herzl. In the complex, a museum of Holocaust history illustrates the difficult period, from its beginning to its end as well as the Museum of Holocaust Art – which has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in the world on the subject of the Holocaust, with works that have become part of the historical documentation and history as a whole. Yad Vashem also has an impressive collection of objects – objects donated by Holocaust survivors and their families, items with fascinating stories of heroism behind them. There is also an exhibition pavilion, which displays the visual documentation and visual material from the Holocaust period.
The documentation and commemoration activity, which takes place at Yad Vashem, reveals many heroism stories, which have never been heard before – and even comes to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust and its meaning will remain and be preserved for future generations.
The Friends of Israel Museum is a relatively new museum, opened in 2015; the museum operates as a non-profit organization, supported by friends of Israel from around the world. The exhibits in the museum are dynamic and interactive and deal with the Jewish people’s dream, the Jewish people’s historical homeland, and those non-Jews who helped make that dream come true.
The ‘Museum of Jewish Art’ is located in Heichal Shlomo in the city’s heart, unique and special. You can see the Jewish-Israeli culture, Jewish artifacts from around the world, and of course, Judaica’s impressive in its beauty. The Judaica collection in the museum is one of the most unique globally, with items from the Second Temple period to contemporary art today. It is also recommended to go up to the roof of the museum, where there is a spectacular view of Jerusalem’s landscapes.
Another fun pastime is a musical journey worldwide and throughout history, at the ‘Hebrew Music Museum‘! The museum is suitable for the whole family, individuals, and groups – and you can see rare and ancient musical instruments from different periods and different diasporas. The place uses various innovative technological means, which will make every visit to it an experience.
The Bloomfield Museum of Science is a fascinating and unique museum, beloved and wildly popular with families, which strives to present science as an integral part of everyday life and modern culture. The museum has creative, exciting, and fun exhibitions alike – innovation in agriculture around the world, the effects of the computer on the lives of all of us, what are illusions and shows, and other spectacular representations.
Mahane Yehuda Market – center of Jerusalem
The well-known and beloved Jerusalem market is a culinary-Jerusalem experience throughout the year! The market is covered, so even if it is stormy outside, it is a pleasant place and food, clothing, spices, flower stalls, sweets and kitchen utensils, and market restaurants in a young and vibrant atmosphere. Each restaurant has its unique style and taste, but what they all have in common is, of course, the freshest ingredients, which come from the colorful market stalls!
The small restaurants and bars are active until late at night – and you can feel the atmosphere changing and becoming younger during these hours. The market is dynamic and busy every day of the week, except Friday evenings and Saturdays when it is closed.
A combination of a visit to a museum or even two, a meal and shopping at the Mahane Yehuda market, as well as the winter atmosphere or the opportunity to build a little snowman, just like that on the streets of Jerusalem, in the middle of the day – will provide the wonderful winter experience in Jerusalem city in the wintertime.