The world’s first exhibition on the life and legacy of King Herod, one of the most influential figures in Jewish and Roman history, takes place through 2013 at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The exhibition runs from 13 February to 4 January 2014, and promises to be one of the must-see exhibitions of the year. With over 250 archaeological treasures on display, many of which were unearthed during recent digs in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites.
Some of the amazing treasures on display include three sarcophagi (stone coffin) from the tomb of Herod, restored frescoes from Herodium, his private bath from the palace at Cypros, and never-before-seen carved stone elements from the Temple Mount.
Known for his controversy and murder of his wife and three of his children, as well as the renovation and re-construction of the Temple in Jerusalem, this exhibition will bring new light and understanding to a much demonized historical legend. The exhibition is also dedicated to the memory of Professor Netzer of the Hebrew University, who spent 40 years hunting Herod’s tomb before finally discovering it in the Judean desert in 2007.
The King Herod exhibition is open during regular museum hours:
- Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 10 am – 5 pm
- Tues 4–9 pm (August 10 am – 9 pm)
- Fri and Holiday Eves 10 am – 2 pm
And read more about the Israel Museum here: if you only visit one museum on a visit to Israel, make it this one!
To get you in the mood…