The Moshe Castel Museum of Art in Ma’ale Adummim is located atop a beautiful mountainous community, minutes from Jerusalem. From its balcony, visitors from around the globe experience spectacular views of the Judean desert, with “golden” views of Jerusalem as it lights up by night.
The museum’s open-architectural design* welcomes thousands of visitors annually featuring the acclaimed works of the Jewish artist Moshe Castel (1909-1991).
Castel was a close friend to Marc Chagall, the world-renowned Jewish wall-mural artist. Castel’s work is often compared to the colors and feelings portrayed by Chagall as seen in this link.
Here are some other locations where his work has been exhibited worldwide:
The Tate Gallery, London
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Jewish Museum, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-Texas
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Art Museum Berkeley University, California
Brandeis University, Boston
Smith College Museum, Northampton, Mass
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Art Museum, Conn
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore Museum of Art
John Hopkins University, Baltimore
American Public Insurance Company, Des Moines
The Knesset House of Parliament, Jerusalem
The Brooklyn Museum of Art
Fairleigh Dickinson Fine Arts Museum, NJ
U.S. Steel, Pittsburg
Rehovot House of Sir Isaac and Lady Edith
Wolfson at the Weizman Institute
Temple B'nai Shalom, Rockville Center, New York
Temple Emanu-El, Providence, Rhode Island
San Francisco Museum of Art
The Dropsie College, Philadelphia
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, New York
Museum of the Vatican, Rome
The museum opened in February 2010. Many of Castel’s works are in private collections around the world as well as permanently displayed in the home of Israel’s President, at The Israeli Knesset, and at the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York.
* Created by the late Israel Prize Laureate architect David Reznik.
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In response to many requests received by the Museum from art collectors, the Museum is now offering to verify the authenticity of original artwork attributed to the artist, Moshe Castel. The Museum will perform the appropriate checks to ascertain the authenticity of the artwork, and provide a Certificate of Authenticity, when applicable.
To obtain verification and certification of your artwork, please make preliminary contact with the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your contact details, an image of the work, its dimensions and media.
THE MOSHECASTELMUSEUM OF ART
Viewed from the east, the museum is located where Castel spent his youth, surrounded by the extraordinary vistas of Maale Adummim and the subtle boundaries of Jerusalem.
Castel's early works of art were inspired by this landscape, and give added meaning to the building and the art pieces displayed there.
From the beginning (1982), Castel chose this location out of love, and true to his own way, he was determined to make this choice ultimate.
This was a decision related to vision, a mutual decision of Moshe and Bilha, his wife and partner in this mission.
Bilha Castel has devoted close to 30 years toward making this vision a reality, an extraordinary inspiration to us all.
Castel's brilliant choice of this location as a summary of his works became intertwined with the wonderful abilities of the architect David Reznik, who miraculously integrated the artist's work, the city of Jerusalem and the city of Maale-Adummim.
Looking inside the museum and glancing at the scenery outside creates an extraordinary meeting with the landscape that changes by the seasons, day by day, and hour by hour. This is the fiery dynamic background of Castel's art work, whose roots are in the past and present, while looking to the future, rolling towards new horizons.
Ironically, the BezalelArtSchool on Mt.Scopus where Castel took his initial steps into the world of art can be seen from the museum.
Moshe Castel, If he was here, would without a doubt, put his signature next to David Reznik's on this special building, which is a tribute to two distinguished artists for their contribution to Israeli art at its best.
The museum was opened on the 7th of Adar, 5700- Moshe Castel's 100th birthday. It is also the birth date and date of death of Moshe Rabbenu.
The actual building of the museum has taken longer than expected because of funding, but the choice of Castel's birth date is by no means coincidental.
I wish to greatfully thank those who contributed to making this vision a reality.
Museum Gift Shop Hours
The museum gift shop is open to the public and includes copies of Castel's work and original items by the artist.
For information by telephone: 02-5357000
Opening Hours at the Museum Gift Shop are the same as for the Museum.
The Museum Café:
CASTEL WAFFEL BAR IS OPEN ! For reservations and events call: 02-5400090
Admission and Prices
Tickets can be purchased at the museum shop.
For more information by phone: 02-5357000
Adult: 36 NIS- Reduction is given for group bookings.
Youth (5-17): 18 NIS
Senior, Disabled, Soldiers: 18 NIS
Student: 26 NIS Holders of a Ma’aleh Adummim resident card: 30 NIS
Cost for Guided Tours
For a group, reservations can be made ahead of time.
Group rate for up to 50 people 400 NIS
A tour and lecture by an expert in art in Hebrew, English, French or Italian is 800 NIS
Location and Transportation
For information by phone: 02-5357000
Museum address: 1 Kikar HaMuseon, Ma’aleh Adumim 98111
Ways to access museum: Follow the signs from the entrance of Maale Adummim.
Special Parking and accessibility for the handicapped is available at the museum.
Bus lines: 174 and 175. To check bus lines and details with “Egged”: *2800.
Additional information can be obtained via the information desk of the Ma’aleh Adumim Municipality at 02-5418901
Directions to the Museum:
From the Main Entrance of Maale Adumim
Pass the check point and continue straight through 2 traffic circles. At the 3rd circle with the statue of a white bird, go left (with the mall on your right hand side). You will pass 2 more circles (library on your right and then a sculpture of a bicycle) at the following circle (where there is a sign saying "Kupat cholim Leumit") turn left on Rehov Hechalil. Continue straight for about a kilometer, you will see the view of Jerusalem on your left. The museum will be on your right.
Coming from the Dead Sea to to Maale Adumim
Travelling on the main road, after passing the gas station in the industrial area of Mishor Adumim (on your left), turn left into Maale Adumim. Pass the yellow gate and drive straight through 2 traffic circles at the 3rd circle turn right (you will see a school on your right- Maale Hatorah and Mamlachti gimmel). Continue on the windy road. At the third circle which says "Kupat cholim Leumit") turn right on Rehov Hechalil. Continue straight for about a kilometer, you will see the view of Jerusalem on your left. The museum will be on your right.