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
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
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
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.