Preview: Israel Museum
The renewed Bronfman Archaeological Wing of the Israel Museum designed by Daniel Weil and John Rushworth opens on 25 July following over five years of work. The Archaeological Wing originally opened in 1965 and has been redesigned and restored by Pentagram as part of the whole scale renewal of the entire museum campus.
The new permanent display reveals the story of the Land of Israel through its unique archaeology. Embracing some 8,000 objects over 4,000 square metres of gallery space, it presents the cultures of the Land in seven chapters from Prehistory through Biblical and Herodian times to the Islamic period, together with an accompanying display of the neighbouring civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece and Rome. The galleries were re-organised and re-designed to accommodate the archaeological riches found in the last 45 years since the original gallery opened. The objects are presented in a chronological narrative journey and are treated as a shared world heritage of international significance.