December 5, 2016
We are pleased to announce that, on October 19, 2016, the Israel Antiquities Authority held a festive dedication and inauguration ceremony for the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, situated on Museum Hill in Jerusalem. Donors, friends and supporters of the IAA honored us with their presence, as did the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. The campus allows the IAA, for the first time, to assemble in one place the priceless treasures that collectively represent the cultural heritage of this Land of Israel, outlining the history of the people that inhabited this land over the past 5,000 years.
In creating the National Campus, nearly two million objects in the Archaeological State Treasures, the National Archaeological Library and Archives, the National Archaeological Conservation and Restoration Laboratories, the viewable centers, the archaeological education centers and the headquarters of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, will be brought to a safe and permanent home. The Campus' 350,000 sq. foot modern building was designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and will become a model for the worldwide archaeological community, and a must-see stop for school groups, students, tourists, archaeologists and researchers, and the general public.
Work on the National Campus began in 2006. The National Campus presents a rare opportunity to show the public the remarkable archaeological heritage of the Land of Israel and will allow for the conservation and preservation of these collections for future generations of scholars, students and the general public.