Tower of David Museum
Situated in Jerusalem’s Old City next to Jaffa Gate, inside the David Citadel, is the Tower of David Museum. The Jerusalem Foundation opened the museum in 1989.
The permanent exhibit retells Jerusalem’s incredible 4000 years of history. From the Second Century CE and spanning The Bronze Age, First Temple Period, Second Temple Period, Roman Era, Byzantine Era, Muslim Rule, Crusader, Ayyubid Dynasty, Mamluk Dynasty, Ottoman Empire and British Mandate Period, you will learn about all the civilizations that helped shape Jerusalem’s diverse history. The museum features various antiquities, models, maps, diagrams, illustrations, and videos to teach about the different time periods.
The location of today’s museum was important militarily during each era. It served as a lookout point enabling an army to survey the entire Jerusalem vicinity from the tower. In recent history, during the 1948 War of Independence, the Arab Legion captured Jerusalem and used the tower to monitor the armistice line dividing East and West Jerusalem. Later, following Israel’s victory during the Sixth-Day War in 1967, the Citadel became a historical and cultural site.
The Citadel provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as many parts of New Jerusalem. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Museum presents rotating temporary exhibitions fusing art with Jerusalem history.