Bethlehem Folklore Museum

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Star Street Bethlehem Israel, Bethlehem, Israel

Bethlehem Folklore Museum Reviews

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over priced entrance fee Mar 08, 2014
Bethlehem Museum:

On our leisure stroll into the city, we stumbled upon this museum on Star Street called The Bethlehem Folklore Museum.

The door was open so we sneaked a look inside and thought admission was free (being a freebie) but there is an entrance fee of 10.00 shekels per person. It would be an embarrassment to back out because a docent came to meet us and started to tell all about the museum. So we went on ahead.

This place was originally set up by the Arab's Women Union (AWU) in the late 1940s as a center for Palestinian refugees. These refugee women fled from their villages to find food but eventually were taught to practice in traditional embroidery for income.

Eventually, in 1979 the property was established as a museum. It consists of two houses of a typical Palestinian architecture, which include a renovated kitchen, a “diwan” room (or room of worship), a bedroom and an “elliyeh” (or upper floor). The contents of the museum are collection of traditional Palestinian household items, embroidered wedding dresses, a few musical instruments, old photos from the 1800s, old scripts written in Arabic and etc.

Most of the items displayed here are the results of a campaign amongst Bethlehem’s affluent families to donate their traditional belongings.

In 1984, the museum was expanded to include an adjacent old house which had been restored. According to the founder of this museum, the house is one of the few authentic old houses left in Bethlehem and is similar to the house in which Jesus was born.

In 1992, the founder of this museum donated her forty year collection of photographs, furniture, and works of art to furnish the upper room or "al-Illiyeh" which shows the life of Bethlehem residents between 1900 and 1932.

Although the property is now run as a museum, it still serves and employs refugees, as well as host festivals celebrating Palestinian artists, poets and writers.

Over all, I (kind of) enjoyed being able to see all the collections here, as very limited as it is…yet I do think that the entrance fee which is 10 shekels is too much…probably 5.00 shekels would be fair. So because of that, I am giving it a 3-star rating.
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cotton_foam says:
I do too...except that entrance fee is a bit too much...the next door museum of nativity which has a lot more to offer is only 5 shekels entrance fee...

Mickey: 10 is about US$2.50 -- still to me it is not commensurate to the quality of the museum...or they can just ask for donation...I might even give more...
Posted on: May 07, 2014
tj1777 says:
how much is 10 shekels?
Posted on: May 02, 2014
Zagnut66 says:
I enjoy little museums like this, but I wonder if they overcharge simply because there are so many tourists in the town used to paying tourist prices.
Posted on: May 02, 2014
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