Treasures in the Walls of Old Acre

Acre’s Treasures in the Walls museum presents life in the Galilee during the 19th and early 20th centuries through crafts, art – even children’s books.

The Old City of Akko (Acre) was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO. The walls were initially built by the Ottoman ruler, Ahmed al-Jezzar Pasha, after Napoleon´s attempt to conquer the city in 1779. The commander´s tower — Burj al-Commander — is divided into arched halls once used to house the Ottoman garrison.

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Today, they house a collection, provided by collectors Dan Hortman and Michael Luria, that gives insight into the fabric of life in the Galilee during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Acre’s Treasures in the Walls Museum, located inside the northeastern walls of Old Acre, is an ethnographic museum dedicated to the city’s tradition of craftsmanship.

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On display are hundreds of items made by the craftsmen who worked in the markets and workshops: furniture, vessels, clocks, locks and more.

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There are also reconstructions of old market stores and old craft workshops: leather-workers, carpenters, blacksmiths, hat-makers and pharmacologists.

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A new exhibition, “The Form of the Book” is an exhibition of old and antique children’s books: rhyming books, puzzle books, pop-up books and others collected from specialty shops and flea markets in Europe by multidisciplinary artist Mickey Einhorn-Nelkenbaum.

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There is also a special showcase of Israeli children’s books from the 1950s from the Luria collection, and the Museum will hold special workshops about children’s books during July and August. For more information, visit the Treasures in the Walls Museum website.

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.