Museum Renewal Project

The Tower of David Museum recently announced ambitious renewal plans totaling more than $30 million that will change the face of both the museum and the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Since opening to the public in 1989, millions of people from Israel and all parts of the world have visited the Tower of David and have made it a must see tourist site and cultural institution for anyone visiting the city.

After a successful three decades, planning is currently underway for the full renewal of the veteran museum. The museum will double its space from 7895 meters to 15,000 meters and exhibition space will expand to 4000 meters. The upgrade will change the flow into the museum with the construction of a new glass enclosed entrance complex on the western side of the citadel connected to Mamilla via the ancient Byzantine bath houses under the Jaffa Gate. The new entrance structure will create a tourist-cultural continuum from Mamilla to the Old City of Jerusalem and will house the education center of the museum as well as a coffee shop and gift shop. The new circulation will increase access to all exhibition rooms, archeological excavations and viewpoints; and designer and curators will use the most modern techniques to create a complete renewal of the permanent exhibition. As part of the upgrade, the famous Kishle excavations found in the prison compound from the period of the British Mandate will be incorporated as a new wing into the museum complex. In addition to a museum gallery that will showcase the archaeological finds of the site, the building itself will use technology and architecture to create a visual timeline of the history of the Jerusalem from the days of the First Temple to the struggle for the State of Israel. The international design firm, Local Projects, will design the Kishle wing project.

The vision for the renewal of the Museum of the History of Jerusalem at the Tower of David is being brought to fruition thanks to the generous support of the Clore Israel Foundation, the original lead donor to the Tower of David Museum that has supported the Museum generously throughout the last three decades. The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Landmarks Program; the Ministry of Tourism; the Jerusalem Municipality; the Jerusalem Development Authority; and The Jerusalem Foundation are all supporting the renewal of the Tower of David Museum.

The architecture firm Kimmel-Eshkolot has been chosen to design the project and the London based firm Pentagram will design the new museum exhibition space. The Israel Antiquities Authority will accompany the renewal through all of its phases. The museum will remain open to the public throughout the renovation work which is expected to take three years.

 


 

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