Past Exhibitions

The museum stages temporary exhibitions which integrate the unique location and majesty of the ancient Citadel and its history with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues.

Temporary exhibitions that have been exhibited since the opening of the museum in 1989.  Catalogues are available for some of the exhibitions and can be purchased in the museum online shop >

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The Camera Man I Summer 2016

The exhibition “The Camera Man – Women and Men Photograph Jerusalem 1900-1950” focused on the major photographers who lived and worked in Jerusalem during the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition took an
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Objective I Summer 2015

Objective, a contemporary design exhibition that brought together two senior Jerusalem-born designers – Ezri Tarazi and Haim Parnas, former students and current lecturers in design at Bezalel. In the exhibition, Tarazi and Parnas showed new
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Jerusalem.Passages I Fall 2015

In cooperation with the Jerusalem Biennale of Contemporary Jewish Art The exhibition, Jerusalem.Passages, presented the work of five leading Israeli and International artists. Motti Mizrachi and Sigalit Landau, who represented Israel at the Venice Biennale
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Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis I Spring 2014

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis took a broad and original look at the “medical record” of Jerusalem, examining the human struggle for a healthy life in the unique context of the holy city. The story of
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Suspicious Object | Summer 2013

Industrial Design Inspired by Jerusalem - The exhibition featured the work of designers inspired by the city of Jerusalem, works both exhibited in the past and those that were created specifically for this exhibition...
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Threads | Summer 2013

This unique fashion design exhibition focused on what clothing the women of Jerusalem wore through the ages…
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The Kaiser is Coming | Fall 2012

Industrial Design Inspired by Jerusalem - The exhibition featured the work of designers inspired by the city of Jerusalem, works both exhibited in the past and those that were created specifically for this exhibition...
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Jerusalem for Four Hands | Winter 2011

The Animated Films of Emmanuel Luzzati and Giulio Gianini - For nearly two decades, the Tower of David has presented the animated film, "Jerusalem", as a whimsical introduction to the Museum exhibition...
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Souvenirs | Fall 2011

The exhibition, 'Souvenirs', explored the mementos that were left to us by history. It used these keepsakes to trace historical and imaginary stories about Jerusalem and the personalities who lived in the city through the
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Letters and More | Winter 2010

The use of the written alphabet is so central in our lives that it is taken for granted. "Letters and More" presented the story of the invention and development of alphabetic writing...
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Jerusalem in Caricatures | Summer 2009

The word “caricature” derives from the Italian caricare, meaning “to load.” It refers to a drawing of a person or a situation that exaggerates certain details or characteristics in such a way as to...
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Fortress and Fantasy | Summer 2008

An interactive exhibition that invited children and parents to connect with the actual fortress structure at the Tower of David and then leap into the realms of fantasy with the aid of state of the
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Soundscapes | Spring 2007

The Soundscapes exhibition brought together an archaeological site, music, design and technology and created a sensual, multi-sensory experience of sound, movement and light...
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Train Tracks to Jerusalem | July 2005

The story of the Jaffa-Jerusalem train line and its moments – greater and smaller, nostalgic and little known. The exhibition presented some 60 photographs collected from archives in Israel and abroad and told the story
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Body Lines | Summer 2002

Throughout human history, man treated his body as a canvas for drawing, painting and decorating. Body Lines, an exhibition on body decoration, tattoos, henna and kohl brought together artifacts, photographs and multi-disciplinary illustrative media which
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Beyond the Blue | Spring 2002

Thirty casts of human bodies, created by Ofra Zimbalista, were placed outdoors, in the Citadel courtyard - climbing up walls, sitting atop water cistern openings, walking on roofs. Eight of her computerized renditions of
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Jerusalem 2000 | Summer 1999

In July 1999, a unique, large scale exhibition by leading glass artist Dale Chihuly opened in the Tower of David Museum. The exhibition, which was built specifically for the Museum on the eve of the
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A City with the Palmach in its Heart | Spring 1998

A collection of photographs documenting the heroic moments of the Palmach in Jerusalem: the events of the War of Independence, the breaking of the siege of Jerusalem and the battle of Harel, as caught on
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Cinema Jerusalem | Summer 1998

The Camera Documents A City - A magical journey along the walls of the Tower of David Citadel and into 100 years of film in Jerusalem. Using footage from rare films that document the city,
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Star of David | Spring 1996

The Star of David, an ancient sign, as interpreted by sixteen contemporary Israeli and German artists. The exhibition showcased seven German works along with nine contemporary Israeli works by famed artists including Micha Bar-Am, Alex
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Eternal Dialogue | Fall 1996

Jerusalem through the camera lens of eleven renowned photographers from Israel and abroad, including: Thomas Ruff from Germany, Mike & Doug Starn from the USA, Emmet Gowin, Linda Connor and others. These artists’ photographs
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Seal of Solomon | Fall 1995

The exhibition revolved around the Seal of Solomon, a universal symbol which appears in many cultures and various geographical and historical spaces. The exhibition showcased dozens of works of art including Muslim miniatures, charms,
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Local Goddesses | Spring 1994

The exhibition – “Local Goddesses – from Ancient Goddesses to Today’s Mythological Women” was dedicated to the woman-goddess through the ages and invited the visitor to join a fascinating journey into history...,
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Through the Lattice | Spring 1994

Contemporary Israeli Art in the Ancient Arrow Slits - The exhibition “Through the Lattice” offered an extraordinary, daring treatment of the arrow slits in the citadel’s walls…
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Dreamscapes | Spring 1993

A hundred years of dream and vision in the building of Jerusalem, and the "Jerusalem of What Might Have Been” – a city of dreams, hopes, expectations, illusions and nightmares which never materialized in stone
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Eating in Jerusalem | Spring 1992

The history of Jerusalem through the taste buds and the palates of peoples and cultures; through the kitchens, the flavors and the culinary customs that have existed for over 3000 years of preparing and
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Allenby at the gates of Jerusalem | Winter 1992

Exhibition marking 75 years since the British armies, led by General Allenby, captured Jerusalem in December 1917. The exhibition presented an impressive collection of documents and photographs of the day of the conquest...
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Tower of David Days | Fall 1991

The First Culture War in Palestine - The exhibition “Tower of David Days” reviewed a fascinating period in the history of the Citadel (1921-1932), when it became a center of cultural revival and where Jews,
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