The Palestine Archaeological Museum
Currently known as The Rockefeller Museum, it was founded in 1927 and opened to the public in 1936. It includes a large number of artifacts recovered from the excavation conducted in Palestine since 19th century
After 1948 Nakba, the Museum was run by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities; in 1956 an international board of trustees took control, and then in 1966 it was nationalized by King Hussein. Following the 1967 Six-Day War, during which Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the Museum was captured by the Israeli army. It was at this point that it was officially renamed The Rockefeller Museum.
Those wishing to visit the Museum will find it beside the city walls of Jerusalem, overlooking the Mount of Olives. It stands on a land previously known as Karm AlSheikh that originally belonged to renowned Palestinian mufti’s family, the AlKhalilis.
The Islamic Museum
The museum is located in the southwestern corner of AlHaram AlSharif in Jerusalem. It was founded in 1922, and includes three buildings; the oldest was built in the 12th century and is a crusader monument. The second hall was an Ayyubid mosque and the history of the third goes back to the 14th century (Mamluk period).
The museum hosts artifacts representing the heritage of AlHaram AlSharif and other Palestinian cities including Hebron and Nablus. Woodwork dating to the Umayyad period, marble from the walls of the Dome of the Rock, and around 1,000 documents from the Mamluk period are some of the items you will see in this museum.
Ramallah and AlBireh:
Mahmoud Darwish Museum (AlBirweh Park)
The museum was built in honor of the prominent Palestinian Arab poet, Mahmoud Darwish. It is located on top of the hill that houses the grave of the late poet. The area of the park is around 12,000 squared meters, and includes the poet’s monument, a museum, a multipurpose hall, an outdoor theater, and a garden. The museum exhibits some of Darwish’s belongings, and some of his original poetry manuscripts including the original handwritten text of the Declaration of Independence of Palestine. It also includes his writing desk, chair, and behind them an exact duplicate of his window at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center. At the back of the desk, Darwish’s awards and certificates are displayed. As you walk through the museum, you can listen to his recitals played on a big video screen.
Yasser Arafat Memorial Museum
The site is located near the old offices of late President Arafat in Ramallah. It states the crucial stages in the modern history of Palestine and emphasizes the special relation between these stages and the biography of the late President. It exhibits the acquisitions of the late president and records the Palestinian resistance movement.
The Ramallah Museum
Located in the old town of Ramallah, it was originally the private home of the Al-Zaro family, a native of the city. It consists of three floors: the basement was built in the early 19thcentury, while the upper two floors were added in the early 20th century.
Hisham Palace Museum:
In 2014, a new museum opened to the public at the archaeological site of Khirbet al-Mafjar (Hisham’s Palace), three kilometers north of Jericho. The museum exhibits archaeological artifacts, architectural elements, and stucco decoration about the site’s rich history and aspects of daily life in the Palace, which was built during the Umayyad period. A museum was created as part of the 2008 rehabilitation project to preserve ancient pieces found at the site.
The Samaritan Museum
Located on top of Mount Gerizim, it was established in 1997 as the first Samaritan museum. It narrates the story of this Jewish sect that had faced various kinds of torture. In addition, the museum provides information about the Samaritans to university professors, students, researchers, archeologists.
The International Nativity Museum
Located in the complex of the Salesian Convent, on a parallel road to Star Street. It exhibits a variety of collections of over 200 cribs showing the scene of the Nativity, which were imported to Bethlehem from various parts of the world. The diversity of the exposed cribs shows the variety of customs, liturgy, and rituals practiced in different countries.
Located next to the beach in northern Gaza, the museum was built as a private business to help preserve the cultural identity of Gaza. It hosts rare Gazan antiques and artifacts.
Other museums in Palestine:
Dar AlTifl Museum, Jerusalem
Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoners Affairs, Jerusalem
The Armenian Museum, Jerusalem
The Orthodox Patriarchate Museum, Jerusalem
AlBad Museum, Bethlehem
Riwaya Museum, Bethlehem
Artas Folklore Center, Artas, Bethlehem
The Folklore Museum, Ramallah
The Palestinian Folklore Museum, AlTireh
The Museum of Ethnographic and Art Acquisitions, Birzeit
Bir AlHamam Museum, Bethlehem
The Regional Museum for Antiques & Heritage, Khan Younes
The Educational Museum, Qalqilia
Dura Museum, Dura, Hebron
Artas Folklore Center, Artas Bethlehem
Baituna AlTalhami Museum, Bethlehem
Qasr AlBasha Museum, Gaza