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The Israel

Believing that culture was a key to Israel’s future, the Bronfman family joined Teddy Kollek’s efforts to establish a national museum in Jerusalem, and contributed the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing of the Israel Museum in 1965.

When the Museum’s total renewal was planned, the renovation of the archeological wing was undertaken by Charles Bronfman as a most significant contribution to the entire project. The concept was to return to the beautiful design of Alfred Mansfeld, the original architect of the Museum and of the wing. The renovation was completed in 2010 and restored Mansfeld’s work, reinforced by the most modern and excellent lighting and cases which allow a beautiful and dramatic presentation of thousands of pieces. From pre-historic periods, through the history of Jerusalem, to the birth of Christianity and the influence of Islam—all appear in the seven galleries of the Wing from a universalistic perspective.

Today, 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.