Tourist Tip #114 / Jerusalem of ‘Pure Gold’

A new exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem gives new meaning to the 'gold standard.'

King Midas, eat your heart out!

Beyond its rare-metal value, gold has been endowed with mystique and wrapped in legend for thousands of years. “Pure Gold," the current temporary exhibition at Jerusalem’s Bible Lands Museum, which runs through the end of the month, celebrates this eternal fascination with a display of exquisitely fine jewelry and ornaments, regal head-gear and utilitarian objects – all pure gold, many dating back four to five millennia.

Most of the objects on display are from the museum’s own permanent collection, reverently brought up from the vaults to be shown to the public for the first time, to mark the museum’s 20th anniversary.

True to the organizing principle of the museum, sub-sections of the exhibition are dedicated to different far-flung regions, each of which engaged with gold in various ways, from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean and the Etruscans to the Chinese. Explanations on the wall give strong context to the exhibition.

The exhibition runs to the end of December. The museum is located across the parking lot from the Israel Museum. Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.; Wednesday, 9:30 A.M.-9:30 P.M.; Friday and Saturday, 10 A.M-2 P.M.