It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Whether you know us from earlier visits or have reached us now by chance, I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to experience our exhibitions, collections, and programs, and to find out more about us. Our Museum was founded in 1965 and has, in a remarkably short period of time, become Israel's leading cultural institution and one of the leading encyclopedic museums of the world. We hope that our website reflects some sense of the scope and quality of our collections, nearly 500,000 objects of fine art, archaeology, Judaica and Jewish ethnography, representing the history of world culture from nearly one million years ago to the present day.
We are delighted by the growing number of friends of the Israel Museum who have become 'virtual' visitors to our website. However, when our 'virtual' friends become real visitors to us in Jerusalem, we know that our website has served its true purpose. These are exciting times at the Museum, as we embark on a major campus renewal program. While work is underway, and our permanent collection galleries are not open to the public at this time, we invite you to enjoy an exciting program of exhibitions, family activities, and special events in the Shrine of the Book, the Model of the Second Temple Jerusalem, the Weisbord Exhibition Pavilion, the Ruth Youth Wing, and to experience the beauty of the Billy Rose Garden. On behalf of our Board and staff, I am pleased to welcome you to the Museum for this electronic visit and also to invite you to visit us in person, through our 'non-virtual' door.
Thank you for your continuing participation and support.
James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem