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The Israel Museum - Collection Gems

Bridgeman Images is glad to represent the Archive of The Israel Museum. Located in Jerusalem, the museum stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Israel and the broader world. Since its establishment in 1965, the institution has become a beacon of art, history, and archaeology, captivating visitors with its diverse collection and immersive exhibitions. 


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Painting by Paul Gauguin, fire dance
Upa Upa (The Fire Dance) 1891 (oil on canvas), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Gift of Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem, from the collection of / Bridgeman Images


A Window into History

At the heart of the Israel Museum's allure lies its remarkable collection, which spans thousands of years and encompasses a wide range of artistic and historical treasures. The museum houses artefacts from many periods and countries, including ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into civilizations that shaped the world we know today. From intricately carved sculptures to awe-inspiring mosaics and ancient manuscripts, each artefact carries a story waiting to be discovered.

clay sculptures figurines
Astarte Figurines, Judah (clay) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Bridgeman Images


The Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the most renowned highlights of the Israel Museum is its display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These ancient Jewish manuscripts, discovered in the caves near the Dead Sea, provide invaluable insights into religious, historical, and linguistic aspects of the ancient world. The museum houses a significant collection of these scrolls, enabling visitors to witness firsthand the remarkable preservation of these texts and their impact on our understanding of biblical history.


Jewish scroll
The Rule of Community, Qumran (parchment) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Bridgeman Images


Artistic Marvels

Beyond its historical treasures, the Israel Museum boasts an extensive collection of art from different periods and regions. From classical European masterpieces, to modern European art and contemporary Israeli art, the museum showcases a diverse array of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

Painting by Rubens, c. 1614
The Death of Adonis (with Venus, Cupid and the Three Graces) c.1614 (oil on canvas), Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Gift of Saul P. and Gayfryd Steinberg, New York / Bridgeman Images


Engaging Experiences 

The Israel Museum goes beyond static exhibits by offering a range of dynamic and interactive experiences. Visitors can participate in workshops, lectures, and guided tours that provide further insights into the collection's significance. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, featuring contemporary artists and thematic displays, fostering a vibrant and ever-evolving environment that keeps visitors coming back for more.


Painting by Camille Pisarro, peaceful countryside
Morning, Sunlight Effect, Eragny, 1899 (oil on canvas), Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Bequest of Mrs Neville Blond, OBE, London / Bridgeman Images


A Treasured Showcase of Cultural Heritage 

The Israel Museum stands as a cultural oasis, inviting visitors to embark on a fascinating journey through time and across continents. With its wide-ranging collection of historical artefacts, remarkable art masterpieces, and engaging educational experiences, the museum offers a window into the rich tapestry of human history. By preserving and showcasing these treasures, the Israel Museum serves as a guardian of cultural heritage, bridging the past and present for generations to come. 

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Photography black and white, women jumping and dancing
Light Athletics, 1930 (b/w photo), Liselotte Grschebina (1908-94) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Bridgeman Images


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