The Biblical Museum of Natural History

The Biblical Museum of Natural History A hands-on museum of Torah and natural history for visitors of all ages, showcasing the animals, birds, reptiles & insects of the Bible and the Talmud

The Biblical Museum of Natural History is a unique institution that is part zoo, part natural history museum, and part Jewish education center. It showcases the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects of Scripture, as well as related zoological topics from the Talmud. The large species are exhibited as taxidermy specimens, while live exhibits are maintained for smaller species, and there are also a large number of biological artifacts of religious significance. Through the exhibits, visitors learn how to identify the animals of Scripture, the symbolism of animals in Scripture and Midrash, lessons in Jewish values, law and history, and the natural history of the Land of Israel. "The Biblical Museum of Natural History connected us both to Nature and to Tanach (and Chazal) in ways our modern lives often don't allow. The tour also reminds us of the rich wildlife that used to roam Israel-- even as we celebrate the country's renewal and resettlement, a museum like this reminds us of a lost world, in which daily life could involve encounters with lions, bears, jackals, leopards, and more. It's Torah, it's Nature, it's an enjoyable, informative, and illuminating experience for family members of all ages!" - Rabbi Gidon Rothstein מוזיאון הטבע התנ"כי הינו מוסד ייחודי שהוא בחלקו גן חיות, חלקו מוזיאון טבע, וגם מרכז חינוכי ייחודי. המוזיאון מציג את היונקים, ציפורים, זוחלים, דו-חיים, וחרקים המופיעים בתנ"ך, וכן את הנושאים הזואולוגיים המקבילים מן התלמוד. בעלי חיים גדולים מוצגים כפוחלצים, ובעלי חיים קטנים יותר מוצגים חיים. כמו כן ישנם גם ממצאים מן החי בעלי משמעות דתית. דרך המוצגים, לומדים המבקרים לזהות את חיות התנ"ך, הסמליות שבחיות התנ"ך והמדרש, תובנות בערכים, משפט והיסטוריה יהודיים- וכן בהיסטוריית הטבע של ארץ ישראל. מוזיאון הטבע התנ"כי מקבל מבקרים בתיאום מראש. סיור מודרך בין המוצגים תהיה חוויה נפלאה ומעניינת!

Mission: Throughout history, the natural world has filled people with great awe and wonder. While today’s world frequently places barriers between us and nature, for our predecessors in Biblical times the encounter with nature was very real and direct, an integral and inescapable part of everyday life. The narratives of the Torah reflect that reality and abound with references to the animal kingdom as well as other features of the natural world. By experiencing what these verses refer to, first-hand and in the flesh, not only do we open up a window to life in Biblical times, but we are able to unlock much of the beauty, meaning and symbolism embedded within Scripture, Midrash and Talmud. We also gain a deeper appreciation for the land of Israel, whose flora, fauna and landscapes served as the inspirational backdrop for so much of the Biblical narrative. The goal of the Biblical Museum of Natural History is to take us beyond the text, beyond the classroom, offering an interactive, hands-on experience of the natural world of the Bible, in order to make the Biblical texts and Torah tradition come alive. The Museum collection, which includes both live and non-live (taxidermy) exhibits, explained in colorful detail via our personal guided tours, provides an educational encounter that is designed to inspire and educate visitors, young and old, for generations to come.

The 1st-grade girls of Chorev school enjoyed a fantastic interactive tour, during which they learned about the animals o...
15/05/2019

The 1st-grade girls of Chorev school enjoyed a fantastic interactive tour, during which they learned about the animals of the land of Israel and gained a better understanding of laws of Kashrut.
And for the grand finale, they were presented with a little surprise! 😉

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The "nesher" of the Bible is the griffon vulture. In 1867, Henry Baker Tristram published "The Natural History of the Bi...
14/05/2019

The "nesher" of the Bible is the griffon vulture. In 1867, Henry Baker Tristram published "The Natural History of the Bible," based on his expedition to the Holy Land. He reported that "the number of griffons in every part of Palestine is amazing... I do not think I ever surveyed a landscape without being enlivened by the circling of a party of griffons... [in some of these places] the reverberating echoes of a single rifle would bring forth griffons by the hundred...."
Alas, today there are only a few dozen griffon vultures left in Israel. Tragically, a few days ago, eight of these were killed by poisoning. One of the killed birds is currently being prepared for display at the Biblical Museum of Natural History; hopefully it will inspire people to appreciate the majesty of this awesome bird, and to care about protecting them.

What unique method does this bird use to attract females?#Riddle_Of_The_Week#BiblicalNaturalHistory
14/05/2019
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What unique method does this bird use to attract females?

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Enjoy the experience of nature in an extraordinary way!Book your today!073-2131-662office@TevaTanachi.org
13/05/2019

Enjoy the experience of nature in an extraordinary way!

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Happy Mother's Day!
12/05/2019

Happy Mother's Day!

What does Biblical natural history teach us about the religious significance (or lack thereof) with the creation of the ...
09/05/2019
Israel Independence Day: The Weasel, The Snail, And The Bird – The Biblical Museum of Natural History

What does Biblical natural history teach us about the religious significance (or lack thereof) with the creation of the State of Israel?

09/05/2019 Rabbi Natan Slifkin Blog Previous The return of the Jewish People to their historic homeland to establish a sovereign state, after millennia of persecution, is the greatest miracle since Biblical times. Still, some people are understandably hesitant to ascribe religious significance to it...

The Biblical Museum of Natural History is wishing you all a happy and enjoyable Yom Ha'atzmaut!#Happy_Yom_Haatzmaut!#Bib...
09/05/2019

The Biblical Museum of Natural History is wishing you all a happy and enjoyable Yom Ha'atzmaut!

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We will remember
08/05/2019

We will remember

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07/05/2019

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Residents of Gaza Envelope and the South, we are inviting you to an exceptional interactive tour at our Museum for the d...
06/05/2019

Residents of Gaza Envelope and the South, we are inviting you to an exceptional interactive tour at our Museum for the discounted price of 10 NIS/person!

Tag your friends from the Gaza Envelope and the South and share this post!

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It's very exciting to see the progress on our new home! G-d willing, we hope to move in by Sukkot. If you're driving to ...
03/05/2019

It's very exciting to see the progress on our new home! G-d willing, we hope to move in by Sukkot. If you're driving to Beit Shemesh, look out for the building, facing the first entrance to Beit Shemesh on Route 38. And if you'd like to dedicate an exhibit, please be in touch!

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01/05/2019

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30/04/2019

#riddle_of_the_week is back!

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Come and enjoy a hands-on experience full of fun and joy!073-2131-662office@TevaTanachi.org#BiblicalNaturalHistory
29/04/2019

Come and enjoy a hands-on experience full of fun and joy!

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A superb group of visitors today at the museum!Chag Sameach!Contact us to book your tour:073-2131-662office@TevaTanachi....
24/04/2019

A superb group of visitors today at the museum!

Chag Sameach!

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Fun at the museum! Still a few slots left later today and tomorrow, or come visit on Sunday!
24/04/2019

Fun at the museum! Still a few slots left later today and tomorrow, or come visit on Sunday!

Our visitors having a blast at the museum!Please be sure to tag yourself!
23/04/2019

Our visitors having a blast at the museum!

Please be sure to tag yourself!

We were honored this evening to host Rav Yoel Schwartz, author of over 200 sefarim, mashgiach of Itri Yeshiva and of Nac...
16/04/2019

We were honored this evening to host Rav Yoel Schwartz, author of over 200 sefarim, mashgiach of Itri Yeshiva and of Nachal Charedi, and winner of the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism. Rav Schwartz had heard about the museum and asked to visit; he had several ideas for our further development which we look forward to implementing!

Zsa Zsa the Boa will be off-exhibit during Pesach, as he is currently suffering from a skin infection. Here he is, recei...
14/04/2019

Zsa Zsa the Boa will be off-exhibit during Pesach, as he is currently suffering from a skin infection. Here he is, receiving an injection of antibiotics from our veterinary technician Angeli Holzman, while being restrained. Hopefully we will never have to do this with our thirteen-foot, one hundred pound Burmese python.

An elevating experience!We're open on Chol Hamoed!Book your tour now!!office@TevaTanachi.org073-2131-662#BiblicalNatural...
14/04/2019

An elevating experience!

We're open on Chol Hamoed!

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Bringing the words of the Torah to life!We're open on Chol Hamoed!Book your tour now!!office@TevaTanachi.org073-2131-662...
11/04/2019

Bringing the words of the Torah to life!

We're open on Chol Hamoed!

Book your tour now!!
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We are open on Chol Hamoed!Book your tour today!office@TevaTanachi.org073-2131-662#BiblicalNaturalHistory #New_Animals
10/04/2019

We are open on Chol Hamoed!
Book your tour today!

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No matter who you vote for and which side your party ends up on, we wish you a great day!
09/04/2019

No matter who you vote for and which side your party ends up on, we wish you a great day!

We'll have one English tour tomorrow on Election day at 10 AM. Final slots are still available!Contact us now to book yo...
08/04/2019

We'll have one English tour tomorrow on Election day at 10 AM.
Final slots are still available!

Contact us now to book your tour:
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073-2131-662

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07/04/2019

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04/04/2019

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Daf Yomi today reaches the topic of the salamander, the creature that is legendarily generated from fire and lives in it...
02/04/2019

Daf Yomi today reaches the topic of the salamander, the creature that is legendarily generated from fire and lives in it. Salamanders do in fact possess an extraordinary ability to cope with forest fires as they escape from them; they have glands which exude liquids that froth up into a protective foam. For further discussion, see Sacred Monsters, available at the museum and online at https://www.biblicalnaturalhistory.org/product/sacred-monsters/. Pictured here is one of our European barred fire salamanders (Salamandra terrestris), a closely related species to Israel's endangered Near Eastern fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata).

Looking for a fun activity for elections day?We'll be hosting one English tour at 10AM.Contact us to book your spots:off...
02/04/2019

Looking for a fun activity for elections day?
We'll be hosting one English tour at 10AM.

Contact us to book your spots:
[email protected]
073-2131-662

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02/04/2019

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29/03/2019
Cow chewing cud

This is a reddish cow chewing cud.
Suitable for both Parashat Shemini and Parashat Parah!
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Bet Shemesh
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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00
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