Monday, October 10, 2016

More on the Schottenstein National Campus for the Archeology of Israel

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Antiquities Authority building National Campus for the Archeology of Israel. An archeological hub for visitors from both Israel and abroad, the campus will also house an educational center for students (Sharon Udasin, Jerusalem Post).
Visitors to Jerusalem will soon be able to walk through a history of the city’s archeological heritage at a new building in the capital’s Museum Hill quarter.

The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archeology of Israel, expected to open to the public in about a year, is under construction in the Givat Ram neighborhood between the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum.

The NIS 400 million, 36,000- sq.-m. building will house archeology laboratories, hundreds of thousands of artifacts and the National Library for the Archeology of Israel, according to a statement from the Antiquities Authority.

Regular readers will recall that this project has been in the works for some time. Background here. But it seems to be moving toward completion:
An initial portion of the building was unveiled at a press conference at the construction site on Sunday.

During the Succot holiday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the building’s numerous donors are scheduled to attend a ceremony inaugurating the public wing.