The Israel Museum( Hebrew:מוזיאון ישראל) is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. The Israel Museum is located in Jerusalem on Ruppin Boulevard, near the Knesset.
Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. The amazing thing about the Museum is that in just 45 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture.
In 2010, the Israel Museum completed the most comprehensive upgrade of its 20-acre campus in its history, featuring new galleries, entrance facilities, and public spaces.
Among the highlights of the Museum’s original campus is the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare Biblical scriptures. You can also find in the Museum a Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In addition to the extensive programming offered on its main campus, the Israel Museum also operates two off-site locations: the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, an architectural gem built in 1938 for the display of archaeology from ancient Israel; and Ticho House, which offers an ongoing program of exhibitions by younger Israeli artists in a historic house and garden setting.
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