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L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art Jerusalem

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Established in 1974, the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art is a wonderful museum and a must-visit when in the city of Jerusalem. The museum has a large collection of Islamic pottery, ceremonial objects, textiles, jewelry and other Islamic cultural artifacts. It offers visitors nine galleries, which have been organized in a chronological order, and takes visitors through yeares of Islamic art and civilization.

The museum is home to one of the rarest art collection of clocks. There are over 180 clocks and watches with the priciest collection being the clocks by Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823). There is also a catalogue of Breguet's clocks. This collection features an exhibit of scientific instruments from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

The permanent exhibit of the museum is on Islamic Art - the collection represents different Islamic periods from the 7th to the 19th centuries as well as different styles from different dynasties from the Umayyad caliphs to the Ottoman period. There are archeological collections from the Umayyad period and objects from the Abbasid, Seljuk, Fatimid, Mamluk, Mongol, Timurid, Safavid, Kajari, Moghul and Ottoman periods.

An entire section is dedicated to jewelry art from across the Islamic world. Visitors will also find embroidered carpets and rugs, manuscripts with calligraphy, ancient playing cards, chessboards and dominoes.

There is a wonderful Harari Collection in the museum with silverware from the 11th century. There is a separate room for ancient weapons including daggers, knives, bows and arrows, bayonets, etc. and firearms such as pistols and rifles.

The museum is open on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 15:00; Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00; Friday 10:00 to 14:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00.

 

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  • L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art Jerusalem

    Established in 1974, the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art is a wonderful museum and a must-visit when in the city of Jerusalem. The museum has a large collection of Islamic pottery, ceremonial objects, textiles, jewelry and other Islamic cultural artifacts. It offers visitors nine galleries, which have been organized in…
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