Can’t travel due to the Coronavirus lockdown? Well, the Israel Ministry of Tourism has opened doors to some of the best museums of Israel for virtual tours. By Kumar Shree

1. Tel Aviv Museum of Art


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The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel’s first art museum. Ever since it came into existence, in 1932, the institution has become synonymous to the preservation and display of contemporary and modern art from around the globe. You can explore videos from the museum’s past events and exhibitions on its social media pages and website. A virtual tour with a voice guide discussing some of the selected works is also available on the website.

2. The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art


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This museum sitting in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, houses the works of Nahum Gutman (1898-1980), a Moldovan-born sculptor, and author, who is also Israel’s most famous painter. The museum opened in 1988 introduces the public to the complexities of Nahum’s work through a variety of virtual content and activities that are available on its website and social media pages. Apart from a virtual tour of the museum, many creative workshops and games are also available on the website.

3. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem


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Established in 1965, this is one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of the archaeology of Jerusalem, the Jewish Art and Life, and Fine Arts. You can take a virtual tour of the museum’s permanent exhibitions through Google ART cameras, videos, behind-the-scenes clips, and creative workshops for children on its website.

4. The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem


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The museum opened to the public in 1989 sits in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David, near the Jaffa Gate, which is the historic entrance to the Old City. It chronicles the significant events that shaped the history of Jerusalem. Its website offers many activities that will transport you to ancient Jerusalem. Virtual tours, videos, pictures, lectures, VR of the holy city during the holidays, and a VR that explores the grounds of the Tower of David — you will find all of these on the official website that keeps launching new virtual activities regularly.

5. City of David


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The story and history of the City of David go back over 3,000 years ago when King David left the city of Hebron and came to Jerusalem, thus establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. This is the site where much of the Bible was written. The City of David official website is a treasure of sorts offering a 360-degree virtual tour of ancient Jerusalem, City of David Timeline, picture galleries, behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, news on archaeological findings unearthed in the excavations, videos, colouring pages for children, and much more.

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