About the project
The Israel Museum was opened in 1965 to exhibit art and artifacts representing the Jewish experience. The museum houses collections ranging from prehistoric archaeology through contemporary art and offers temporary exhibitions, publications, and educational activities to nearly one million visitors each year. The museum’s terraced complex is built on a 20-acre campus with a six-acre sculpture garden and includes the Shrine of the Book (home to the Dead Sea Scrolls), an archeological museum, a judaica and Jewish ethnography wing, a fine art wing, an art garden and a youth wing. It oversees the Rockefeller Archeological Museum, the Goldie Drell Paley Art Center and the Ticho House. The Jerusalem Foundation has provided support for a range of endeavors since the museum’s early days, from construction projects to acquisitions, awards, catalogues and programs for children and the disabled, placing particular emphasis on undertakings related to the city’s history and cultural life.