The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Since the Israel Museum was founded in 1965, its collection has quickly grown to almost 500,000 pieces dating from prehistory to the present day, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world’s oldest Biblical manuscripts. It is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. The Museum offers a wide range of programming to more than 100,000 schoolchildren each year including special programs fostering intercultural understanding between Arab and Jewish students.

Mr. Safra helped the Museum with a number of key acquisitions, in particular, donating Albert Einstein’s 1912 manuscript of the Special Theory of Relativity. He also provided funding for the dismantling, transport, and reassembly of a dormant synagogue building from Suriname, one of the oldest synagogues in the Americas.

In addition to continuing Mr. Safra’s ongoing operating support, the Foundation supports a variety of projects at the Israel Museum. In the summer of 2010, the Israel Museum completed a comprehensive upgrade, featuring new galleries, entrance facilities, and public spaces. The three-year expansion and renewal project was designed to enhance visitor experience of the Museum’s collections, architecture, and surrounding landscape. Among the new features is the bringing together of the Museum’s fine arts galleries into one new wing, designated as the Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing.

To learn more please visit the project website:

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