We made it a lazy morning and early afternoon on Tuesday, mostly to give people a down day and to let Eva continue to recover, but also because the Israel museum doesn’t open until 4pm on Tuesdays. We went grocery shopping, played games, slept in, napped, etc.
The Israel museum is free for children 17 and younger on Tuesdays, so we decided to take advantage of that. (Though I was a trifle nervous, remember how crowded Thanksgiving Point in Utah gets on their “Two Dollar Tuesdays” in August. But it wasn’t bad at all!)
Audio guides were provided for those who wanted them, we rented a wheelchair for Eva, and then we were off!
The museum was of varying interest to the different members of our family. Perhaps predictably, my two oldest kids were immersed and wandered off on their own, while the three younger kids were more quickly bored and less likely to wander. Which meant they were always in my vicinity. And expressing surprise at how slowly I was going.
Despite these many interruptions, I soaked in the exhibit on ancient adornment, the history of glassmaking (I teach a super short version of this to my Diamonds and Gems students, so I really enjoyed it!), and then on to the Egyptian stuff.
Eventually, at the “encouragement” of my children, I gave up on my slow perusal of the antiquities, and led my chicks to the Shrine of the Book, where the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls are stored. It was a bit of a disappointment, sadly, because they don’t display the Isaiah scroll anymore—it’s a facsimile. Preservation concerns, I get it, but it was a kind of bummer.
But do you know what WASN’T a disappointment? The Second Temple Period recreation of the city of Jerusalem. It used to be at the Holy Land Hotel, now it is at the museum, and it is spectacular! Honestly, it is so much bigger than I ever thought, and so intricate and well-maintained. Everyone loved it, and we spent a good 40 minutes there.
At that point, it was about 7:30, and the first wave of our family was ready to head back to the apartment. Zee, LaDonna, and I stayed almost till closing at 9–we went straight to the Byzantium displays, because who doesn’t love a good Byzantium relic?–but even we were flagging by the end. We barely scratched the surface—hopefully we can return before we leave.
And I realize I took zero picture of my Zee. At 18, he’s old enough to wander around and do his own thing, and I love that about him. But it meant I didn’t get any pictures!