Revealing the past of the current generations, the creators of the new Bible Museum in Washington has exposed not only the 3D projection, but real artifacts from the Holy Land.
In most museums, visitors are familiar with the sign “do not touch” next to the ancient artifacts. But not in this.
“Of course, one of the most emotional exhibits at the show, I think solid stone is the wailing Wall, which people can touch,” says Debora Ben AMI, curator of the Israel antiquities authority.
For centuries, people from around the world come to Jerusalem to pray at the wailing Wall. Now one of these stones from the Romans destroyed the Jewish temple, went to the USA to become part of the new Museum of the Bible.
“We even installed a sign “Hands touch”, because we believe that people want not only to see but also to touch, feeling the connection between their current presence in the United States and by touching the stone of Jerusalem of the first century BC, continues Debora Ben AMI. — The aim of the exhibition is to show the archaeology of Israel and history of Bible times, old Testament and New Testament, to show “the Peoples of the Holy Land”. So is this exhibition showing the different cultures of this land from the Canaanites and Philistines to the Israelites and the Edomites, from the Second Temple period until the Byzantine times.”
The permanent exhibition of the Museum of nearly 800 artifacts found in Israel. A conversation with Ben AMI is set at the warehouse of the Israel antiquities authority near Jerusalem, where workers were preparing the artifacts for shipment to the United States.
“We have a special box for transporting on the plane. Sometimes difficult to find him a place. Difficult, but not impossible,” — says the curator of the Israel antiquities authority.
Ben AMI helped to create a Museum exhibit in Israel, where the exposed stone from the wailing Wall and other artifacts, like the chip from the Palace of Herod at Masada. There is a special room in order to regular guests all the time saw something new.
“This temporary gallery we called “New discoveries from Israel”. Each year will be exhibiting new finds,” says Debora Ben AMI.
The first exhibition will feature glassware from Israel.
“It is not only important, but beautiful. Recently opened a treasure trove of artifacts from the Roman period on the ship, which sank in Caesarea,” she says.
Although artifacts are often transferred for temporary shows, this is the first case when the IAA created a permanent exhibition outside of Israel. This is an opportunity to see the Holy Land without visiting the middle East.