The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum

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The Israel Museum site is recommended for teachers and students in grades 7-12 interested in exploring historical, Biblical and Mishnaic artifacts, in addition to Greco-Roman artifacts and modern cultural exhibits, to deepen their understanding of the context of history and modern Israel. There are also online audio guides to many fascinating exhibits.



A Legacy in Script

  • Curator Curators: Curator-in-charge: Daisy Raccah-Djivre, Curator: Anna Nizza Caplan, Associate Curator: Miki Joelson
  • Designer Designer: Lisa Blechman
  • Place Judith and William Margulies Illuminating the Script Gallery

Listen to audio guide here.

The authorized proofread copy of the Mishneh Torah, signed and approved by Maimonides

“It has been corrected from my own book. I am Moses son of Rabbi Maimon, the Righteous, of Blessed Memory”
Egypt, 1170–80
Handwritten in ink on paper
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Huntington 80


Torah finials of the Ashkenazi congregation of Amsterdam

Torah finials of the Ashkenazi congregation of Amsterdam, 17th-18th Century. 

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In nearly seventy years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture.

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