One of the best parts of traveling that Mel Lifshitz enjoys a lot is the endless museum visits and tours. As a history lover, he always finds time to learn the place’s culture and people by checking their museums. In his last visit to Israel, he went to the Eretz Israel Museum.
Mel Lifshitz noted that the Eretz Israel Museum complex lies within a large enclosure that also encompasses Tel Qasile, an ancient mound in which 12 strata of past civilizations have been discovered. Selected artifacts from Tel Qasile are displayed in the museums, but especially fascinating is the archaeological site, where you can enter and explore a rebuilt typical house from the pre-Israelite Canaanite period.
Besides Tel Qasile, Eretz Israel has eight attractions. The Kadman Numismatic Pavilion has exhibits chronicling the history of coinage and monetary systems. The Glass Pavilion has a fine, rare collection of glass vessels spanning 3,000 years of civilization, from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1500, the largest collection of ancient glass in Israel.
On the other hand, the Lasky Planetarium and its astronomy shows is one of Mel Lifshitz’s favourite attractions inside the Eretz Israel Museum. It also displays its collection of moon rocks.
Another pleasant addition to the complex is a park called Landscapes of the Holy Land. The museum shop is well stocked with reproductions, jewellery, crafts, and other great gift choices. There’s also a kosher cafeteria is open from 11am to 2pm.
Mel Lifshitz recommends the museum’s gift shop as the best place to buy interesting souvenirs and gifts in Israel.