The Bible Places Blog reports here that the Israel Museum, after a lengthy and expensive renovation, is scheduled to reopen July 26. Twice, during the recent trip to Israel, I visited the grounds of the Israel Museum. The last visit to the Second Temple Model was ten days ago. At that time I made a few photos of the work going on outside the museum.
From the outside the Museum looks much the same as before, especially the long, uphill walk to get to the entrance.
The already impressive location of the Museum campus with the Shrine of the Book, the Second Temple Model and the nearby Israeli Knesset building is sure to be even more impressive.
I look forward to my next visit to Jerusalem when I may again see the wonderful exhibits inside the Museum. The great museums of the world with biblical collections, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan in New York, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Museum in Athens, and the Pergamum Museum in Berlin, allow photographs of their exhibits. It would be great to see the Israel Museum follow the practice of these outstanding museums. Then, only the museums in Amman, Cairo, and Damascus would be out of step.