Museums: Israel's Hilltop Ark

On a Jerusalem hill blasted by sun bright as sheet lightning. Israel's new $5,500,000 national museum opened last week to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Said Premier Levi Eshkol, recalling Noah's sons, "The museum will introduce something of the beauty of Japheth into the tents of Shem." Although the museum hardly has two of everything, it is an ark for art in the Middle East.

Doors from Cairo. The museum has four parts. Already 50,000 visitors have tunneled through the white-domed Shrine of the Book (TIME, April 30). Near by are five acres...