Tower of David Museum

Tower of David Museum

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The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is located in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David, near the Jaffa Gate, the historic entrance to the Old City.

The Museum presents Jerusalem’s story. It details the major events in its history beginning with the first evidence of a city in Jerusalem in the second millennium BCE, until the city became the capital of the State of Israel, as well as its significance to three religions. The permanent exhibition illustrates the city’s history along the axis of time using myriad methods and includes explanations in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

The Citadel itself is a fascinating archaeological site. The finds uncovered within are a testimony to Jerusalem’s eventful past and produce a representation of Jerusalem and its various historical periods in microcosm. The Citadel’s towers offer a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the city’s modern areas.

In addition to being a museum of history, the Tower of David relates to both the past and the future. The museum stages temporary exhibitions which integrate the unique location and majesty of the ancient Citadel and its history with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues. The museum also hosts lectures and special events in music, dance and drama as well as dozens of educational activities and programs.


The museum also stages a unique sound and light show – The Night Spectacular – the only one of its kind in the world. The Night Spectacular tells the story of Jerusalem. It is a celebration of sounds, music and breathtaking images the envelop the viewer into a multi-sensory experience. Cultures, religions, rukers and legeds are projected on the ancient walls and magically appear among the archaeological remains of Jerusalem’s citadel.

What is included?

Skip the line entrance to the museum

What is not included?

Guided Tours
Entrance to the Night Spectacular

What is important to know?

The cafeteria is open to the public during opening hours, except Saturdays and holidays.
Free WiFi at the Museum.
In order to better tell the story of Jerusalem, the Tower of David Museum has pioneered the use of new and interactive digital technologies, games and apps for children, families and adults that, along with our traditional activities, enrich the visitor experience.


What is the difference between the Tower of David and the City of David?
The Tower of David is the Museum of the History of Jerusalem and is located across from the Jaffa Gate. The City of David is an archaeological site located outside of the Dung Gate. Both sites charge admission.


Jeruzalem, 9114001
Parking:  The Alrov-Mamilla carpark at the foot of Jaffa Gate, first hour is free. Additional parking lots on Yitzhak Kariv Street and downtown.
Bus: Line 38. Lines 13,18 stops at King David st.
Light Rail System:  Safra Square station (Jerusalem Municipality)

Opening hours:

Saturday to Thursday: 9am – 4pm
Friday and eve of holidays: 9am – 2pm