Top Ten Middle Eastern Museums

Top Ten Middle Eastern Museums

  1. Israel Museum, Jerusalem

           The Israel Museum in Jerusalem was founded in 1965 as Israel’s national museum. It is situated on a hill in the Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem, near the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek was the driving spirit behind the establishment of the museum, one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The Museum has extensive collections of biblical archaeology, Judaica, ethnography, fine art, artifacts from Africa, North and South America, Oceania and the Far East, rare manuscripts, ancient glass and sculpture. A uniquely designed building on the grounds of the museum, the Shrine of the Book, houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and artifacts discovered at Masada. The museum’s holding include 500,000 objects with some 7,000 objects and works currently online. The director of the museum is James Snyder, former Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, who was appointed in 1997. He is currently overseeing the construction of its new entrance, designed by Jamie Carpenter. The museum covers nearly 50,000 sq. meters. It attracts 800,000 visitors a year including 100,000 children to its Youth Wing. The Samuel Bronfman Biblical and Archaeological Museum, which is a part of the museum complex, contains various archaeological finds. It has the largest collection of artifacts from Israel in the world.
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  2. National Museum of Iraq, Baghdad

           The National Museum of Iraq is a museum located in Baghdad, Iraq. It contains precious relics from Mesopotamian civilization, thousands of which were looted in 2003 during the Iraq War. On February 23, 2009, the museum was reopened for a day by Iraqi prime minister Al-Maliki, with about half of its looted contents still missing. The museum also has been renewed by adding more room to it, with more than 12 different countries assisting, as well as the United Nations.
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  3. Istanbul Museum of Antiquities, Turkey

            The Istanbul Archaeology Museums (Turkish: İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri) is a group of three archeological museums located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey, near Gülhane Park and Topkapı Palace. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums, the Archaeological Museum (in the main building), the Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art (in the Tiled Kiosk). It houses over one million objects that represent almost all of the eras and civilizations in world history.
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  4. Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

           The Rockefeller Museum, formerly the Palestine Archaeological Museum, is an archaeological museum located in Jerusalem, Israel that houses a large collection of artifacts unearthed in the excavations conducted in the Land of Palestine beginning in the late 19th century. The museum building is also the head office of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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  5. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

           The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an art museum in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was established in 1932 in a building that was the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art opened in 1959. The museum moved to its current location on King Saul Avenue in 1971. Another wing was added in 1999 and a sculpture garden was established. The museum houses a comprehensive collection of classical and contemporary art, especially Israeli art, a sculpture garden and a youth wing.
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  6. National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

           National Art Gallery in Islamabad, Pakistan is the country’s first national art gallery. The National Art Gallery with a covered area of 1,800 square yards, has 14 galleries with adjacent display areas, lecture halls, workshop and storage facilities, laboratories and library. The four-storey gallery has modern facilities, having an auditorium with capacity for 400, a theatre, stage facilities and an open air theatre.
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