The Dan David Archaeology Building currently under construction by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Museum Hill in the center of Jerusalem, will be home to the largest collection in the world of archaeological objects from the Land of Israel, representing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country and illuminating the history of the people that inhabited the land over the past 5,000 years.
The Dan David Archaeology Building will exhibit, conserve, collect, educate and encourage the understanding of the archaeology of the Land of Israel and the fascinating archaeological work at the highest possible standards. In addition to nearly two million archaeological objects in the State Treasures and the largest and most complete collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gallery of Archaeology will house Israel’s main Archaeological Library, viewable conservation and restoration centers, a 250 seat theatre, exhibition galleries and a roof top exhibition garden, a café, an open courtyard with a rain-water pool, an archaeological education center and more.
The 120,000 sq. feet Archaeology Building, designed by Architect Moshe Safdie, will occupy the entire eastern building of the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, an archaeological research, exhibition and education complex. Overlooking the Hebrew University Campus and adjacent to the Bible Lands Museum and the Israel Museum, the National Campus and the Archaeology Building are bound to become a Jerusalem landmark and a must-see stop for hundreds of thousands of visitors including school groups, tourists, archaeologists and researchers, and the general public.
The design concept is premised on making the building a metaphor for archaeological excavations. All indoor space is located below street level so that the view across the valley is unencumbered, even as one enters the building. The inward-facing surfaces of the building are clad with glass curtain walls and silver metal panels, while the outward-facing walls on the perimeter have additional stone wall screens which provide for shading. The building palette is a counterpoint of earthly, hand-dressed stone set against glass and silver metal walls – all under the floating, dark canopy.
Work on the dramatic National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel began in 2010 and we expect it to open at the end of 2015.
The Dan David Archaeology Building and the National Campus present a fantastic opportunity to educate the public about the significance of the remarkable archaeological heritage of the Land of Israel by exhibiting the priceless objects and showcasing the archaeological work, and promise to enhance conservation and preservation of the collections for future generations of scholars, students and the general public.
The Dan David Archaeology Building - Named Departments and Areas
- World Center for the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Center for State Treasures
- Center for Ancient Glass
- Center for Coins
- Center for Mosaics
- Center for Ancient Textiles
- Center for Pottery Conservation
- Center for Ancient Jewelry and Artifacts
- 9,000 sq feet Gallery for Recent Discoveries
- 5,000 sq feet Dead Sea Scrolls Gallery
- 14,000 sq feet Rooftop Archaeological Garden
- Library of Archaeology Reading Hall
- Dead Sea Scrolls Education Center
- Dead Sea Scrolls Library
- Education Classroom
- 250 seat Theatre
- Open Courtyard with rain water pool