What Is The Jesus Boat and
Where Can You See It?

The Jesus Boat is the name given to an ancient wooden boat which was found in the Sea of Galilee. For this reason it's also sometimes called the Sea of Galilee Boat or the Galilee Fishing Boat.

In 1986, two brothers from Kibbutz Ginosar found the frame of an ancient boat buried in the mud after a drought had reduced the water-level of the lake. It has since been carbon dated to around 100 BCE to 40 CE. The boat had been repaired several times and so may have been used for several decades. Although there is no evidence that Jesus ever sailed in it, it is the type of boat which was used for fishing and transportation at the time of His ministry in the Galilee.

The remains of the boat have been carefully restored and after sitting in a bath of chemical preservatives for 14 years, you can now see it displayed in the Yigal Allon Museum in Kibbutz Ginosar. The museum is open every day (closes early on Fridays) and there's a small charge for admission. Phone: 04-672-7700.


Kibbutz Ginosar is situated on the western bank of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret). To get there, drive north on route 90 from Tiberias.

You can read the full story about the discovery and the restoration of the boat on the official museum website. (opens new window)

Other Christian Sites in the area:

Capernaum(Kfar Nachum)
Tabgha (Ein Sheva)
Mount of Beatitudes
Yardenit Baptismal Site
Nazareth and Zippori National Park

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