About the project
The L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art was opened to the public in 1974 to display one of the foremost collections of Islamic art, architecture and ornamental objects. The collection of 5,000 artifacts covers the 7th Century to present times from Spain to India and includes textiles and carpets, jewlery, glasswork, pottery, arms and game pieces. It was named for Professor L.A. Mayer, a scholar of Islam at the Hebrew University. In 1978, the Jerusalem Foundation supported planning for the David Salomons Watch & Clock Collection, a display of European timepieces and music boxes, mostly dating from the 18th and 19th Centuries, that were amassed by Sir David Lionel Salomons, the first Jewish Mayor of London, a noted horological expert, and father of the museum’s patron.