Hello, Is this the Tower of David?

Writen by: Community Writers

Whether you have visited the Tower of David Museum in the past or not, we know that that you may have questions; things you are curious about, interesting queries about the locale, the plans, the functions or simply the beauty of the Citadel.

And so, we gathered some of the most common questions, and give some answers in order to clarify things. All that’s left is for you to come visit!

What is the essence of the Tower of David Museum?

We are the Tower of David, the Museum of Jerusalem. The permanent exhibition tells the story of the city and there are also temporary exhibits, cultural events, and activities for the family centered on the holidays and the calendar. We also have two wonderful night shows.

Do you want to know what’s happening now at the museum? Click here >>

Who built the museum buildings?

The citadel of the Tower of David Museum guarded Jerusalem through thousands of years. Everyone who ruled Jerusalem either destroyed or added to the citadel during their time. Herod built the towers; the Ayyubids and the Mamelukes broadened the walls; the Moslems built the inner courtyard; Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent built the walls surrounding us; the Turks transformed the structure into a military base and added the cannon plaza, the moat and the minaret. The Crusaders added the citadel rooms which serve today as the museum exhibition spaces and the British were the first to use the citadel for peaceful means – as a cultural center and a museum.

So, in essence, we all built this place, and all are welcome to enter it!

Why is the Citadel called the Tower of David?

Despite being called the Tower of David, the citadel has no connection to King David. The roots of this mistake date back to the Byzantine period, when early Church fathers misinterpreted Josephus Flavius’ writings and attributed a tower from the time of Herod (the Tower of Phasael) to King David. The Muslims also associated the Herodian tower with King David and called it mihrab Nabi Daud (the prayer niche of the prophet David). In the 19th century, when Westerners arrived in the city looking for physical evidence of the scriptures, the Turkish minaret added to the Mamluk mosque was mistakenly identified as the Tower of David. It was then that the misnomer for the Herodian Phasael Tower was transferred to the Turkish minaret and it received the name – the Tower of David.

Where is the entrance to the museum?

From Jaffa Gate, turn to the right in the direction of the Armenian Quarter. The entrance is located to the right up the stairs (there is also a ramp for accessibility). David’s Garden is the exit of the museum and a lovely meeting space.

What are the opening hours of the museum?

The museum is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. During selected evenings the museum is open for the Night Experiences.

For more information on these >>

How much is the entrance fee?

All of the information is located at the ticket office and on our site. Our staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?


During daylight hours, most of the museum is accessible, with the exception of the observation point and the Canaanite room of the exhibition.

During the Night Experiences, the site is completely accessible. We can also accommodate sight-impaired individuals with a vocal description of the Night Spectacular show. If you would like to park in our handicapped accessible spots, we would be happy to arrange that through our reservations department *2884.

Where are the bathrooms located?

There are several accessible bathrooms around the museum. Follow the signs or ask our museum staff.

When are there guided tours?

The museum gives guided tours of the exhibits.

Tours are of the Citadel and the museum exhibition rooms. Most of the citadel is shady and the museum exhibition rooms are air-conditioned.

Additionally, you can rent an audio guide from the entrance for 15 NIS or install the free app on your phone.

The audio guide is available in several languages >>

Is the museum child-friendly?


Kids love to wander the walls of the citadel, look out of the arrow slits and climb up to the observation point. Our Night Experiences are appropriate for children ages 3 and up.

Check our site for special activities for children and families which occur throughout the year.

If I don’t have time for the whole museum, can I just pay for entrance to the observation point?

YES! Entrance to the observation point only is just 15 NIS.

You can also buy a combination ticket: observation point + museum + Night Experience for 80 NIS. We highly recommend all parts of the experience.

Can you climb the actual Tower of David minaret?

You can stroll around the entire citadel – the Tower of David – at your pleasure. Unfortunately, it is not possible to climb the minaret because of security concerns.

Is there a cafeteria at the museum?

Yes, in the central courtyard of the Citadel during daylight museum hours. It offers hot drinks, cold drinks, sandwiches, and salads. You are invited to sit and enjoy the sunlight and the view.

Is there cold drinking water available?

There are several drinking fountains in the courtyard of the citadel.

Are there shuttles to the museum from the First Station?

There are free shuttles from the First Station. The shuttle leaves every 20 minutes and stops at several places in the Old City, among them the Tower of David.

The shuttle is named Free Ride to the Old City >>

Where can I park?

Karta Parking Lot or Mamilla Parking Lot are closest.

You can also park at the First Station and ride the shuttle. Keep in mind that taking the shuttle takes time; we recommend arriving at the Night Experiences about 20 minutes before the beginning of the show.

For further information >>

What is available in the area to fill the time between the museum closing time and the screening of the Night Experience?

There are many tours and activities in the area of the Old City. You can also wander the streets on your own. The Western Wall is located within walking distance as is Mamilla Road.

We recommend you check the site of Tourism in Jerusalem >>

At what times is the Night Experience shown?

The screening times of the Night Experience change with the changing seasons. Because the show is projected on the walls of the citadel, nighttime skies are necessary. You can check the Night Experience calendar and there you will find the show times according to the date of your visit.

Night Experience calendar >>

What is the difference between the two different Night Experience shows?

The Night Spectacular tells the story of Jerusalem throughout history.

King David tells the story of King David.

They were both produced with the highest quality and use images and sounds which convey the story in an emotional way. A Tower of David Night Experience should be a necessary component of any visit to Jerusalem.

Are there any discounts available?

There are discounts given by some organizations and companies. Check your organization or company to see if there is a discount available. After you have received your discount, bring it to the entrance and we will apply it to your ticket.

From which age is admission fee required?

For the Night Experiences, from age 3.

For whom is the “Snake Path” designed?

The path is designed for strollers, wheelchairs, and those who have difficulty walking. This is the most direct path to the seats. If it is not difficult for you to walk, we suggest the “long” path to enjoy the atmosphere of the citadel at night.

Is there open seating? Where are the best seats?

Yes, there is open seating and enough seats for everyone. As for the viewing experience, you can see the show in its entirety from every seat. There are also seats on the upper porch. Ask our staff they would be happy to direct you.

Are the Night Experiences appropriate for the Ultra-Orthodox community?

Many Ultra-orthodox Jews have enjoyed the Night Experiences. There are also some who felt the show was not appropriate for them. We have no way of answering that question. We suggest that you speak with people who share your values and consult with them.

Is this where Hallelujah is screened?

No, our Night Experiences are the Night Spectacular and King David. Hallelujah is the nighttime show offered by the City of David.

Where is the Tomb of David?
The tomb of King David is located opposite Zion Gate above the Mt. Zion parking lot. It is on the first floor of the building which houses the Room of the Last Supper.

For exact location >>

Where is the City of David?

The City of David is located in Silwan next to Dung Gate, about a 30 minutes walk from the Tower of David.

For exact location >>

How do I get to the Ramparts Walk?

The Ramparts Walk has two separate entrances. The Northern Ramparts Walk (entrance from Jaffa Gate) and the Southern Ramparts Walk (entrance from the courtyard of Gan David).

For further information >>

Are the Ramparts Walk and the Tower of David Museum the same thing?

No, they are different sites. The museum tells the story of the history of Jerusalem and the Ramparts walk is a path on top of the walls. You can buy a combined ticket for entrance to the museum and the Ramparts Walk at the entrance to the museum.

How do I get to the Western Wall?

There is a shuttle (for a fee) outside of the museum which will take you down to the Western Wall. You can also walk through the Armenian Quarter or via the Arab market.

We recommend that you use Google Maps >>

Where can I eat in the area?

We are located at the edge of Mamilla Road. There is a great variety of restaurants there.

If you have further questions, comments or clarifications or simply to say hello, we are available on our Facebook Page or our site.

Have a great time at the Tower of David!


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