The Israel Museum's permanent exhibition of archaeology is devoted to the ancient Land of Israel – home to peoples of different cultures and faiths for more than a million years. The Bronfman Archaeology Wing presents some 6,000 finds, mainly from archaeological excavations in Israel, and sheds light on momentous historical events, cultural achievements, and technological advances, while revealing the everyday lives of the peoples of the region from the Stone Age through the Ottoman Period, telling a unique story arranged in seven chronological chapters:
The Dawn of Civilization
The Land of Canaan
Israel and the Bible
Greeks, Romans, and Jews
Under Roman Rule
The Holy Land
Muslims and Crusaders
Thematic galleries devoted to the development of ancient Hebrew script, the story of coins, and the revolutionary art of glassmaking enhance the narrative exhibition, as do fascinating displays presenting the neighboring cultures of Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece, Italy, and the Islamic Near East, each of which left an indelible mark on the region.
I invite you to explore our website and enjoy a glimpse of some of the remarkable treasures on view in the exhibition. I hope that someday you may have the opportunity to visit our galleries in person.
Tamar and Teddy Kollek Chief Curator of Archaeology