There are many museums in and around Jerusalem,
including the Museum of Natural History,
the Museum for Islamic Art,
and the Tower of David.
There are displays from angels & demons
at the Holyland Museum
to water at the Science Museum.
Located high on a hill is the Israel Museum.
After months of construction noise, in November 2009, renovations were well under way
and in December 2009 the last building crane was removed.
May 24, 2010, the chimney was really smoking.
Work has also been done in the area surrounding the museum,
resulting in newly paved walking and biking paths
with “street” signs,
a sculpture, “The Struggle”
and new sidewalks.
For the official opening on Sunday night, the viewer stands were up, but there was still work to finish.
The dome of the Shrine of the Book, site of the Dead Seas Scrolls, was visible behind the security area.
Streets were closed to the public long before the Prime Minister and President were to arrive.
The fireworks ending the program of the grand opening could be seen by all in the area.
Inaugural events continue all week with musical performances at night.
The rock concert in the Art Garden
could be heard not just by the new entrance and cafeteria, but in the surrounding neighborhoods as well.
The closed gift shop was well-lit
but more impressive when viewed from a distance.
The Israel Museum, popular with locals as well as tourists, has signs up seeking renewed membership.
After a very long time, the lights are back on at the Israel Museum.
Next week a wine party, all you can drink…