The Museum of the Seam

About The Museum on the Seam

The Museum on the Seam is the first socio-political museum in Israel, featuring some of the best contemporary art. Its aim and focus are to allow art to raise discussions and dialogue regarding controversial ideas connected national, ethnic and economic issues.

It is located in a historical building that served as a military outpost on the edge of Jerusalem’s Old City, on the seam line (thus the name) between east and west when the city was divided (from 1948 to 1967). The museum’s rooftop has one of the Jerusalem’s most magnificent views (there is also a cafe on the rooftop). It is one of several museums in Jerusalem worth visiting.

Through the works of artists from Israel and abroad, who respond to the stress and tension between and within groups, the museum invites the visitors to examine the degree of influence of the social environment on the individual and vice versa.

Between the local and the universal, between pluralism and extreme ideologies, the message of the museum calls for listening and discussion, for accepting the other and those different from us and respect for our fellow man and his liberty.

It has held numerous exhibits, many of which include themes related to slavery, human rights and the right to protest.

The Museum is visited by thousands every year and has received international acclaim; it is highly recommended by the Lonely Planet guide to Israel, was selected by the New York Times as one of the leading 29 art venues around the world, and was chosen by the National Geographic as one of the most unique museums around the world.

The museum is situated in a building that was built in 1932 by Barmki family. Following the war of 1948 until the six days war of 1967, the building served as an army outpost on the border between Israel and Jordan alongside the Mandelbaum Gate, that connected the divided city of Jerusalem

Website: Museum on the Seam.

The interior of the museum