Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is one of the country’s flagship museums and home to a vast collection of art and Holy Land antiquities. Tour guides are available to show visitors around the 500,000 artifacts dating back from prehistory to today. Set across a large 20 acre campus, the Israel Museum underwent a three year renewal project, reopening in 2010, and now boasts new public facilities, nearly 20,000 square meters of gallery space and impressive entrances and plazas. The campus features the Iconic Shrine of the Book structure, designed to resemble the lids of the jars in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Permanent collections are divided into three wings: Jewish Art and Life, Archeology and the Fine Arts. There are also several rotating exhibitions, as well as a Youth Wing which features a series of ongoing workshops and activities for children often included in Israeli tours for families. The Art Garden features sculptures by the likes of Picasso, Rodin and Moore alongside the works of Israeli artists.