Swords into Plowshares, The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Closes September 16
Studying Art in the Museum
for adults and children at beginning and advanced levels
Secrets and Ties
Wondrous Connections in the Israel Museum Collections
The galleries in the main building are currently closed to the public
due to the comprehensive program of renewal at the Israel Museum.
Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Until September 26
The Shrine of the Book
Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Youth Wing
Campus Renewal Project

Neighboring Cultures 

Classical Archaeology

The Department of Classical Archaeology researches and presents the culture of the Mediterranean basin – Crete, the Cyclades, Mycenaean and Classical Greece, Etruscan and Roman Italy, and other parts of the Roman world. The objects in the collection, which represent not only many Classical cultures but also a broad range of media and themes, span a period from the third millenium BCE to the fourth century CE. Among the highlights of the holdings are exceptional Cycladic figures, rare pieces of Classical Greek pottery, and important collections of Attic gravestones, South Italian pottery and gemstones, and Etruscan art.

All of Western civilization drank deeply from the fount of Classical Greece, the birthplace of the much of the philosophy, sciences and arts, epic literature and mythology, theater, athletic games, and social and political values of the west. Greek styles of architecture, sculpture, and painting have been imitated for centuries, serving as inspiration for Roman, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Neoclassical styles, as well as for Romanticism and abstract modern art. The display of original finds of Classical archaeology in the context of an encyclopedic museum with other rich fine arts collections makes it possible to examine the sources of much of Western culture at close hand and to approach the heirs to the Greeks with greater understanding.

Silvia Rozenberg
Rodney E. Soher Senior Curator of Classical Archaeology


Archaeology Wing
Judaica and Jewish Ethnography
Art Wing
Youth Wing
Art Garden
Shrine of the Book
Ticho House
Rockefeller Museum
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