Jerusalem science, nature museums losing visitors due to terrorism

The number of visitors to the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem’s Givat Ram quarter has declined by 70 percent since the latest wave of terrorism began in October, the Knesset Science and Technology Committee was told this week. This is despite the fact that the museum, usually very popular among children and their parents, is across from the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus in an area that has been untouched by stabbings and other types of terrorist attacks.
Committee members – along with representatives of the Jerusalem Municipality, the Education Ministry, the Science, Technology and Space Ministry, and other museums in the capital – toured the science museum with its director, Maya Halevy.
Committee chairman MK Uri Maklev of United Torah Judaism praised the scientific level and professional expertise of the museum and promised to ask Science, Technology and Space Minister MK Ophir Akunis to bolster scientific and cultural institutions in the capital.
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