Bloomfield Science Museum

September 16th 2013

Bloomfield Science Museum ActivitiesLocated amid the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Bloomfield Science Museum aims to make science and technology relevant and accessible to the general public. Using hands-on displays optimized for children’s fun, the interactive exhibits that form the core of the museum’s collections are organized around themes such as light and dark, water, electricity, basic physics, computer technology and more.

Bloomfield Science Museum INteriorThe current museum comprises 6000 square yards, divided into two wings. Most of the museum’s science and technology exhibits are located in the main wing. A second wing includes a state-of-the-art multi-media auditorium, which hosts theatrical performances, films and conferences. A Resource Center in the second wing is open for visitors to read, watch movies, use the Internet or just relax.

Bloomfield Science Museum Entrance in Jerusalem

Staff recommends the museum to children who are old enough to enjoy going to the grocery store, a good indication that they are old enough to gain from a visit to the museum. About a third of the museum’s visitors are students and teachers from all over Israel, so you might want to consider the school calendar when planning your visit.

Guided tours, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and talks about science are scheduled every day. The information desk keeps a complete schedule of which special activities are happening the day of your visit. During the school year, there are weekly performances in the Science Theatre. On school vacations, there are often several performances each day.

Visitors routinely comment on how captivating the museum’s interactive displays are. Considered a place where both adults and children can play and learn, the museum’s emphasis on Israeli high-tech inventions distinguishes it from other science museums around the world. If your family includes individuals in a range of ages, consider splitting up for part of the time, since the museum features exhibits specifically designed for children and others that are more appropriate for adults.

The museum is handicapped-accessible and equipped with assistive technology for hearing and visually impaired visitors.

Originally opened in 1992, the museum is named for the Bloomfield family of Canada, whose philanthropy made it possible for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Foundation to establish the institution. Future plans include an IMAX Theatre and a Science Garden. Allow at least a half day to explore the Bloomfield Science Museum.