Like an armored vault, or maybe like the gnarled hands of a crusader, the walls of the old city of Acre protect its alleys and its secrets. But one secrete, hidden from the eye but open for visits, will be revealed to brave hearted visitors, if they dare go through the opening in the wall, climb up a few stairs and go down a few more.
Eventually visitors will find themselves standing at the entrance to the ‘Treasures in the Wall’ Museum, located in the heart of Old Acre’s Eastern wall. In the past the building was used by the Ottoman guards. Shadowed by the thick wall, it is cool here even in the hottest of days. However, the view of the ancient arched halls is not all there is to see here. Other surprises are in store.
Visitors will be surprised by the exhibit of daily artifacts, used by all those who lived in the land of Israel in general and in Acre in particular, during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Rare collections illuminate the lifestyles of the city’s inhabitants and maybe visitors’ lifestyles as well, if they have accumulated at least a few decades.
Between the walls dividing and segmenting the enormous hall into separate spaces, visitors will discover their childhood, or maybe the childhood of their parents and their parents’ parents in the land of Israel. Furniture of olden days, tools, old heating stoves, old laundry machines, electric devices and kitchen utensils, beds and toys, books and what not… nearby, renovated stores of craftsmen whose services were required by all those who inhabited the Land of Israel: shoemaker, blacksmith, carpenter, each one with the tools of their trade, each one in their natural work environment.
The charming museum will cause children on tour with their teachers as well as pensioners on a holiday group tour to utter a cry of astonishment and interest. The museum also has rotating exhibitions like the one displaying the glorious days of the ceramics’ industry in Israel. Another exhibition displays collections of Napkins, gold wrappers and stamps; and yet another one displays – Donation Boxes of The Israel National Fund.
This unique museum is open 7 days a week, at a symbolic entrance fee, though money collected from visitors is used for the continuous expansion of the exhibits.