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.
On July 26, 2010 we inaugurated the Museum’s renewed and expanded campus. Designed by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv, the transformed campus now features new entrance pavilions; expanded and reorganized galleries; and a comprehensive reinstallation of our encyclopedic holdings in all three of our curatorial wings – Archaeology, Jewish Art and Life, and the Fine Arts. Watching this momentous undertaking – the most extensive since the opening of the Museum in 1965 – come to fruition has been nothing less than gratifying for all of us, and its success is a tribute to the commitment and energy of the entire Museum community.
We have welcomed more than 1 million visitors from Israel and around the world to our beautifully renewed campus since the inauguration, and take great pleasure in sharing with you our full and rich program of exhibitions, special events, and activities.
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. 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