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Lowest Point on Earth Museum

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Lowest Point on Earth Museum

If you're going to name your museum after the place where it's built, go big. Or rather, go low. This museum on the Dead Sea's southern peninsula sits a staggering 1329 feet (405m) below sea level. But is there anything so see, aside from a rather impressive altimeter in negative figures?

Thankfully, yes. It's housed in a beautiful modern building that unfurls like a nautilus shell, and houses well-presented archaeological remains and modern artifacts covering 4500 years of human habitation in the area. These range from Bronze Age pottery to contemporary woven baskets using discarded plastic bags.

If you want a hike after your museum visit, you can head uphill to Lot's Cave, where the Biblical prophet's wife was turned into a pillar of salt after they fled Sodom and Gomorrah. A small Byzantine monastery outside marks the location.