The Israel Antiquities Authority – the preeminent organization in the field of Israeli and Biblical Archaeology – has begun an unprecedented project to bring together approximately two million archaeological objects, among them nearly 25,000 Dead Sea Scroll fragments, under one roof in the heart of Jerusalem.

Located on Museum Hill in Jerusalem, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, currently under construction, will be the only open, interactive center for the conservation, study and presentation of Holy Land antiquities. The importance of building a safe, permanent and accessible home for the most significant material culture discovered in the Land of Israel cannot be overstated. To date, Israel’s historical artifacts have been scattered in small, outdated facilities all over the country and the work of the IAA hidden from view.

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the National Campus will bring together objects from the Archaeological State Treasures and the National Archaeological Library and Archives, as well as open the National Archaeological Conservation and Restoration Laboratories to the public for the first time. The National Campus will provide an unprecedented look at how millions of artifacts from myriad cultures and eras of history are unearthed, restored and displayed.

Thus far, we have raised $75 million from public and private funds with 35% of the project remaining. We are seeking an additional $40 million to open the National Campus by the IAA’s 30th anniversary in 2020. Please consider donating to the project so that the archaeological treasures that collectively represent the cultural heritage of the Land of Israel and the history of the land’s people over the past 5,000 years will finally have a permanent home.

Your support will enhance conservation and preservation of the collections for future generations of students, scholars and visitors to the Land.


Founders

  • Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Foundation

  • William Davidson and the William Davidson Foundation

  • David Berg Foundation

  • Yad Hanadiv

  • Mandel Foundation

  • Emmanuel and Brigitta Davidson

  • Nash Family Foundation

  • Dorothy and Byron Gerson

  • Uzi Zucker and Rivka Saker

  • Amy and Robert Book

  • Marysia and Matthew Gerson

  • Diane Carole Brandt

  • Gordon and Claire Prussian

  • Shelby White and the Leon Levy Foundation

  • Margot and Tom Pritzker Family Foundation

  • Ingeborg and Ira L. Rennert

  • Saul A. Fox Winding Way Foundation

  • Faye and Hartley Koschitzky

  • Leon and Sandra Levine Foundation

  • Lunder Family Foundation

  • Sir Timothy and Lady Susie Sainsbury Foundation

  • Bernard Osher Foundation

  • Alisa and Shlomo Moussaieff

  • Estanne and Martin Fawer

 

For more information about joining the campaign to build the Jay and Jeanine Schottenstein National Campus for Archaeology, please contact

Emily Master, Executive Director
emily@friendsofIAA.org

“Visitors will be able to take part for the very first time in the process of archaeological conservation that up until now has been carried out behind the scenes.”
— Yisrael Hasson, General Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority