Museums in Jerusalem: The Friends of Zion Museum
The Friends of Zion Museum opened to the public in April 2015, with exhibits commemorating the support shown by non-Jews for Jews and the state of Israel through the years. The director of the project, Dr. Mike Evans, envisioned the museum as a tool for combatting anti-Semitism, and as a way to show that “real Christians love the Jewish people.”
The museum is located on Yosef Rivlin Street in Jerusalem, and is five stories tall. Technology is a focal point of the museum, with futuristic holograms and interactive videos and installations playing active roles. Designed to be unique from any other museum in the country, the Friends of Zion Museum combines architecture, technology, cinematography, art, music, and special effects for a powerful and moving tour. The museum boasts seven sections including a holographic video introduction by Prime Minister Netanyahu, and a touch-screen LED wall that tells the story of Theodor Herzl and other early Zionists. The “Christian Heroes” section celebrates Christian men and women in Europe who risked their lives to save Jewish refugees and escapees during the Holocaust.
In the “Theater of the Brave,” section, museum visitors are met by life-size holograms of Lt. Col. John Patterson, French General Marie Koenig, U.S. President Harry Truman and Major General Orde Wingate. These holograms “talk” to the visitors, and explain their contributions to the Jewish people and the founding of Israel.
The museum designers used the latest in holographic and animatronic technology to make the museum experience exciting and educational. Each exhibit is available in multiple languages including Hebrew, English, and Arabic.
Source: Chaim, Ilan. “The Friends of Zion Museum opens to the public,” Jerusalem Post, (May 22, 2015)
Jerusalem Post Staff. “Friends of Zion Museum Opens in Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Post, (July 15, 2015)