Two museums ready for disabled

NEW YORK -- Two of Israel's leading museums are wheel-chair accessible, according to the Israel Ministry of Tourism here.

  • The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is the country's largest cultural institution, with a permanent collection of some 500,000 objects in the fine arts, archaeology, Judaica and ethnic studies.
  • A major attraction is the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    The museum's 30 exhibitions are visited by about 750,000 visitors annually.

    The facility is equipped with ramps and handrails, wide elevators and six wheelchair-accessible rest rooms.

    In addition, a shuttle service operates from the entrance building to the main exhibitions building.

    A map of the museum is available at the entrance building that shows facilities for travelers with disabilities and areas not accessible for wheelchairs.

    The Israel Museum Visitors' Service can be reached at (011) 972-2 670-8943.

  • The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv focuses on life as it was in the Holy Land one to three millennia ago.
  • Current exhibits depict sculptures made of animal bones and modern glass design plus the Ravenna mosaics.

    One of the museum's highlights is a reconstructed market that operates under conditions as they were from the Roman through the Byzantine periods and features workshops with demonstrations of glassblowing, pottery-making and weaving.

    The museum has no stairs and features wide paths and accessible toilets.

    For further details, call (011) 972-3 642-5820.

    To contact the Israel Ministry of Tourism InfoCenter, call (888) 77-ISRAEL; e-mail [email protected], or visit www.goisrael.com.

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