Finds from the H.D. Colt Expedition in Shivta (1933–1936; 1938) Revealed for the First Time

In January 1938, a suitcase, which contained artifacts, documents, and photographs from the archaeological excavations at Shivta, was forgotten at the Haifa port. The suitcase belonged to Harris Dunscombe Colt (1901—1973), the excavator of Shivta. Colt never came to claim the forgotten suitcase, nor was it ever sent to him. The suitcase was eventually shipped to Jerusalem and its contents were never studied or published. 

51A309120Tintype2029x24Dror Maayan, Archaeological team, University of Haifa, from left to right: Dr. Yotam Tepper, Prof. Guy Bar-Oz, Ori Levi, Aihav Asad, tintype, 2018Dror Maayan In the Footsteps of E.H.Palmer and C.F. Tyrwhitt Drake's Historical Journey in the Negev

In 1869–70, explorers E. H. Palmer and C. F. Tyrwhitt Drake embarked on a journey across the Negev for a wide-ranging archaeological, historical, and environmental survey initiated by the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF). The area was pristine in terms of research, mainly owing to the many dangers that awaited travellers venturing there.

Exhibition Curator: Ofra Rimon
Exhibition opening: May 2013

A view of the exhibitionA view of the exhibitionArchaeology is among the fields of research that tend to interest many, in part due to our natural curiosity about human history. Consequently, the idea of ruins of ancient cultures buried underground and the possibility of discovering ancient treasures has created an aura of romance and adventure around archaeology.

Curator: Ofra Rimon
Exhibition Opening: December 2010


Cylinder weightsCylinder weightsThis exhibition examines the various fields associated with the subject of measurement, including time, volume, width, and length.

Ancient sundials represent the measurement of time, and inscriptions on archaeological finds represent ancient calendars and methods of counting the years.

View of AkkoView of AkkoCurators of the Exhibition: Ann E. Killebrew, Vered Raz-Romeo
Exhibition Opening: Spring 2010

This exhibit is dedicated to Akko’s rich tangible and intangible heritage through the ages. Akko’s impressive archaeological remains, historical structures, and rich cultural heritage are illustrated by a multitude of historical texts, colorful stories, and oral histories. Because of its strategic, coastal location, as well as its natural harbor,

Curator: Renate Rosenthal-Haginbottom
Exhibition Opening: Winter 2003
Preface: Ofra Rimon

A view of the exhibitionAnother view of the exhibitionThe exhibition ‘The Nabateans in the Negev' presents some of the archaeological finds discovered at the Negev cities of Elusa, Nessana, Rehovot-in-the-Negev, Sobata, Oboda, and Mampsis. It also presents finds from the way stations and fortresses along the Nabatean ‘Spice Route’ – or more accurately, the ‘Incense and Spice Route’– through the Negev Desert and the Arava Valley.

A view of the exhibitionA view of the exhibitionCurator: Dani Nadel
Exhibition Opening: Spring 2002

The exhibition "Ohalo II: A 23,000-Year-Old Fisher-Hunter-Gatherers' Camp on the Shore of the Sea of Galilee," focuses on the finds recovered from a prehistoric site on the shore of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

The excavations that took place at the site between 1989 and 1991 and again from 1998-2001 were directed by Dr. Dani Nadel of the University of Haifa.

Curators: Ofra Rimon, Rachel Shchori
Exhibition Opening: November 1999

A view of the exhibitionA view of the exhibitionFrom the beginning of human civilization, animals have played an important role in the life of human beings; animals have always attacked or are hunted by humans, provided food, transportation, and material for clothing, and been guardians, companions, and sources of pleasure and amusement for humans.  

Curators: Avner Raban, Ya'el D. Arnon, Rachel Pollak
Exhibition Opening: June 1999

Jars from the exhibitionJars from the exhibitionThis exhibition displays finds from excavations that have been conducted in Caesarea since 1992 as part of the tourist development of the site. The range of items in the collection demonstrates the character of the material culture that existed in Caesarea in the early 11th century as well as its affinity to Fatimid Egypt and its capital, Fustat. Pottery, glass utensils, metal items, objects of wood and ivory, candles, jewels, and more are displayed in this exhibition. 


Curator: Renate Rosenthal-Heginbottom
Exhibition Opening: Fall 1998

Sculpture of Dionysos Sculpture of Dionysos The exhibition "Dionysos and His Retinue in the Art of Ertez - Israel" focuses on Dionysiac culture in the ancient world. Specifically, the exhibit concentrates on this culture's roots in the Ancient Near East, as well as its portrayal in Eretz-Israel. The exhibit also features several Dionysiac motifs, including the Dionysiac retinue, comprised of members such as Silenos, satyrs, and maenads, and the vine.

Medicine book from the Roman periodMedicine book from the Roman periodCurator: Ofra Rimon
Exhibition Opening: spring 1996

The need and the ability to find a cure for sickness and pain are as old as humanity; in many senses the beginning of medicine coincides with the beginning of human civilization. The exhibition "Illness and Healing in Ancient Times" displays finds that shed light on the history of medicine in Eretz-Israel and neighboring countries from the Chalcolithic period (4th millennium BCE) to the close of the Byzantine period (mid-7th century).

The exhibition catalogueThe exhibition catalogueCurator: Rachel Shakouri
Exhibition Opening: June 1995


Prior to 1958, few relics were found attesting to Caesarea's glorious past. Since 1959, however, the city's remains have been exposed in systematic excavations conducted by archaeological expeditions from various research institutions. Several factors, primarily the city's developed harbour, combined to make Caesarea the hub of economic activity capable of embracing both land and sea.

A view of the exhibitionA view of the exhibitionCurator: Yizhar Hirschfeld
Exhibition Opening: June 1995
Preface: Ofra Rimon

Archaeological evidence has revealed that human activity in the desert oasis of Ein Gedi began thousands of years ago. The region's unique qualities, especially its copious water sources, made the area habitable. Archaeological excavations and surveys at the site were initiated in 1949 by Benjamin Mazar.