J'lem offers Thursday night freebies at museums

In an effort to promote local tourism to Jerusalem, 19 of the city's top museums and cultural attractions will be open to the public - free of charge - for the next three Thursday nights, the city said Wednesday. The special citywide promotion is valid from 8 pm to 1 a.m. on extended Thursday night visiting hours, with city eateries, bars, pubs and hotels also offering Israelis reduced prices on Thursday nights as part of the three week internal tourism campaign. A recent public opinion poll commissioned by the Tourism Ministry has found that Israel's capital lags near the bottom of a list of preferred local vacation destination sites among Israelis, with northern Israel, Eilat, the Dead Sea topping the list of favorite Israeli vacation spots for locals.