The Palestinian Museum Design Wins World Architecture Festival Award 2017

21/11/2017- Birzeit: The building design of the Palestinian Museum has won the World Architecture Festival Award for 2017 for the category of Culture - Completed Buildings. This award adds to a series of awards and recognitions received by the Palestinian Museum since its completion. Read more

The Palestinian Museum receives Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification

The First Museum in the Middle East and the First Building in Palestine to Earn LEED Certification

13/11/2017 - Birzeit: The Palestinian Museum has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It has become the first museum in the Middle East, the first building in Palestine, and one of only fourteen museums worldwide to receive this certification. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the museum in Birzeit today. Read more

The Palestinian Museum announces the launch of its inaugural exhibition
“Jerusalem Lives”

27/08/2017-Birzeit: The Palestinian Museum announced yesterday the launch of its inaugural exhibition “Jerusalem Lives” (Tahya Al-Quds) at a press conference, attended by representatives of local, Arab and international media outlets. The chair and members of the Palestinian Museum Board spoke to the press about the vision of the museum and its programme. Reem Fadda, exhibition curator, introduced the exhibition and the artworks. read more

The Palestinian Museum Participates in International “New Museums” Exhibition in Geneva

In collaboration with the Irish architecture company Heneghan Peng, The Palestinian Museum is participating in the international exhibition “New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges,” which addresses the architectural styles of contemporary museums. The exhibition was initiated by the Musée d’art et d’histoire, and was developed by Art Centre Basel, Switzerland. It opens on May 10th and runs until August 20th at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva. read more

“A Museum For Palestine”
The Palestinian Museum Establishes Partnership with the Institute of the Arab World in Paris

The Palestinian Museum is partnering with the Institute of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe) in Paris to organize an exhibition featuring a collection of the “Museum for Palestine" Project. The exhibition will be held from Saturday 25 February till 26 March 2017. It will later be displayed in the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit in 2018 or 2019. The exhibition brought 50 art works donated by French artists in solidarity with the Palestinian pepole and includes paintings, historical photographs, and sculptures that reflect the diversity in contemporary art practices in the past decades. read more

The Palestinian Museum signs a memorandum of understanding with Birzeit University

The Palestinian Museum and Birzeit University signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance the cooperation between them. It was signed at Birzeit University by Dr. Mahmoud Hawari, director of the Palestinian museum and Professor Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh President of Birzeit University, in the presence of representatives from the two parties. read more

The Palestinian Museum Announces its Programme for 2017 and 2018

The Palestinian Museum has announced its rich and diverse programme for 2017 and 2018. The programme includes five major exhibitions, as well as the launch of its online platform, and the start of its digital archive, and numerous educational programmes, research projects and conferences. read more

The Palestinian Museum Signs an agreement with “Ommar El-Ard” for Waste Recycling

The Palestinian Museum, committed to Green Buildings Norms,  signed a partnership agreement with the Palestinian “Ommar Al-Ard organisation” to recycle the Museum’s waste. The Museum is the first green building to be awarded the silver. read more

The Palestinian Museum organised a symposium on the History and Evolution of Palestinian Embroidery

The Palestinian Museum hosted its third Symposium in the “Qalandiya International” at its premises in Birzeit. The session addressed the Museum’s first satellite exhibition “’At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery’”, which was organised in Beirut in May 2016. Speakers also presented the research alongside the exhibition on embroidery in the art and community works. Speakers included Rachel Dedman (curator of At the Seams exhibition), Farida Al-Aref Al’Amad, President of Inash Al-Usra Association, and artist Sliman Mansour, writer and artist, Tania Tamari Nasir, moderated the session. read more

The Theme of the Sea in Palestinian Art & Culture: the Palestinian Museum Second Symposium in “Qalandiya International”

As part of “Qalandiya International”, the Palestinian museum organised in its premises in Birzeit a symposium “The Theme of the Sea in Palestinian Art & Culture”. Speakers in the session included Dr. Ibrahim Abu Hashhash, professor of modern arts at Birzeit University, Dr. Salim Tamar, Historian and researcher as well as Dr. Alaa Hourani (representing artist Khaled Hourani). The session was moderated by cultural policy researcher, Fatin Farhat. read more

The Palestinian Museum organised its First Symposium within the "Qi encounters”

Speakers in this symposium were the Director General of the Palestinian Museum Dr. Mahmoud Hawari, the President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the director of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) Dr. Myriame Morel, and curator of exhibitions Reem Fadda. The session was moderated by the artist Vera Tamari, and discussions explored the various models of museums experiences; i.e. the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations’ experience (MuCEM), the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum, as well as the vision and aspirations of the Palestinian Museum. read more

 The Palestinian Museum participates in the third "Qalandiya International"

The Palestinian Museum participates for the second time in " Qalandiya International" – the inspiring contemporary arts event- in a series of symposiums and workshops, whereby some discuss this year's theme "The Sea is Mine”. read more

Satellite Exhibition

At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery
25 May - 30 July 2016, Dar El-Nimer, Beirut - Lebanon. read more

A series of art installations celebrating the birth of the Palestinian Museum

This evening, the Palestinian Museum celebrates the inauguration of its brand new building, with a selection of artworks and performances designed to express the cultural vision of the museum, and its commitment to the embrace and preservation of Palestinian memory. These performances and displays will introduce the Museum to the world, showcasing its message and its intellectual contribution - as well as its beautiful building, which stands high on the hills above Birzeit, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. read more

Bank of Palestine donates one million US dollars to support the Palestinian Museum

Ramallah – May 14, 2016. Bank of Palestine and Taawon - Welfare Association signed a donation agreement to contribute in supporting the activities of the Palestinian museum, one of the most important projects for the Welfare Association. This project aims to promote the Palestinian culture both locally and internationally, produce new stories about the Palestinian history, culture and society, and provide an environment to incubate creative projects, educational projects and innovative research. The agreement was signed at Bank of Palestinian’s General Management Head Office in Ramallah; the agreement was signed by Mr. Hashim Shawa, Bank of Palestine’s Chairman and General Manager, and Dr. Tafeeda Jarbawi, General Manager of Welfare Association, in the presence of Mr. Omar Al-Qattan, The Palestinian Museum’s Chairman, and a group of officials and managers from both entities. read more

Dr. Mahmoud Hawari Appointed as Director General of the Palestinian Museum

Taawon-Welfare Association has announced that Dr Mahmoud Hawari will be the new Director General of the Palestinian Museum. The Museum is due to be inaugurated on 18th May 2016.
Dr. Hawari is currently the Lead Curator at the British Museum and continues to serve as a Research Associate at the Khalili Research Centre at the University of Oxford. He is a specialist in Islamic art, architecture and archaeology of the pre-modern Middle East, and an expert in cultural heritage management, museology and Palestinian cultural heritage. read more

Al-Qasem’s and Habibi’s photos now part of the Family Album project

Photographs of the late poet Samih Al-Qasem and the late novelist Emile Habibi are now part of the Museum’s Family Album project. The Museum team has digitised 54 photographs from Al-Qasem’s family album that document the poet’s life. Emile Habibi’s photograph collection also reveals moving stories that have inspired his literary works. One of the photographs, for example, shows the novelist’s mother, who inspired his first novel The Story of the Mandelbaum Gate, a gate separating East and West Jerusalem. Habibi wrote the novel after accompanying his mother to the Gate in 1954 on a visit to his uncle. These photographs are part of a digital archive of around 6,000 photographs collected and documented by the Family Album project.

Left: A photo from Emile Habibi’s family album. © The Palestinian Museum
Right: A photo of poet Mahmoud Darwish (left) standing next to poet Abdul Karim Al-Karami and lawyer Hanna Naqara. Moscow, 1969. From the family album of Watan Mohammad Samih Al-Qasem. © The Palestinian Museum

Visit to the Inaash archive in Beirut in preparation for the "At the Seams" exhibition

The Museum was given access to a unique photo archive at the Inaash Association offices in Beirut. The archive documents the production of embroidery during the 1960s and 1970s. The collection of photographs will be part of the Museum’s first satellite exhibition At the Seams: a Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, opening in Beirut in 2016. Curator Rachel Dedman continues to explore the history of the Inaash Association in preparation for the exhibition.

Palestine Historic Timeline reveals stories about resistance in the 1930s

Shams Al Hasna was a Palestinian fighter famous in the 1930s. She used to sell yoghurt in Haifa and help the revolutionaries hide their weapons. This is one of many stories revealed by the Palestine Historic Timeline project, an interactive system that documents historic events and makes them available online.

 Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation in Beirut to partner with the Museum

The Palestinian Museum concluded an agreement with the Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation in Beirut for the production of a series of puppet shows inspired by the Museum’s opening exhibition Never-Part. The shows will be presented in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and in different locations in Palestine and Jordan.

The Family Album is part of MEPPI directory

The Middle East Photography Preservation Imitative has recently included the Palestinian Museum’s Family Album project in its photography preservation directory that focuses on the Middle East. The Museum staff received intensive training from MEPPI’s international experts on photography conservation.

Artists illustrate children’s stories published by the Museum
[From ‘My Grandpa’s Bed’, a story by Ahlam Bisharat, illustrated by Tareq Kamal]

The Museum has been receiving initial submissions from Arab artists taking part in a Museum project entailing the publication of a series of children’s stories inspired by Never-part. These artists include: Tareq Kamal from Egypt, Khaled Sadaqa from Jordan, Lena Merhej and Maya Shami from Lebanon, and Narjas Abdellatif and Raouf Karai from Tunisia. The illustrations will accompany stories by Ahlam Basharat, Khaled Juma’a, Sonia Nimr, Maya Abu El-Hayat and Ibtisam Abumayala. The Museum is planning to distribute the stories via local public libraries.

“Environmental sustainability” workshop

In collaboration with the Goethe Institut in Ramallah, the Museum organised a workshop called ‘Environmental Sustainability: environmentally friendly practices and methods’. Designed to demonstrate different ways of reusing waste creatively, the workshop brought together a group of cultural, educational and environmental institutions with previous experience in environmental sustainability; sessions addressed the processes from a technical standpoint as well as providing practical examples of how best to recycle plastic and metal cans, paper and glass.The workshop was led by Nana Petzet, a German artist who specialises in waste recycling.

Completion of the Museum building

In September 2014, the external structure of the Palestinian Museum building was finally completed. Contractors proceeded directly on to the stone cladding, which is also very soon to be completed. Work on the electro-mechanicals is underway as well as building the terraces, planting the Museum gardens, and preparing the rainwater collection tanks. With its commitment to global green building standards, the Museum hopes to provide a model for environmental sustainability in Palestine and an exemplary healthy environment for Museum staff and visitors alike.

The Palestinian Museum wins two prizes in Britain and Australia

The Palestinian Museum is very proud to have won two design awards in 2014. In November, the Museum was awarded the prize for ‘Best Logo’ at the International Design and Communication Awards (IDCA) 2014, in which museums from 17 countries took part. The competition took place in Sydney, Australia. ‘The Museum of Everything’, from Britain, and ‘Musée de la Civilisation de Quebec’, from Canada, took second and third place in the same category.
Click here to download the full presentation of the 2014 IDCA Awards and winners.
In October, the Museum also won an award for ‘Best Corporate Identity’ (Typography / Logotypes / Brandmarks) in a competition organised by the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) based in Britain. Entries were invited from around the world, from designers who have used typography as an integral part of their design solution.

The Family Album project: the intimate side of history in Palestine

The Museum launched the Family Album Project in November 2014, under the title ‘Your Pictures, Your Memories...Our History’. The project seeks to unearth the photographic treasures hidden away in so many Palestinian homes. read more

A Timeline telling the story of Palestine from the mid-19th century

The Palestinian Museum has partnered with the Institute of Palestinian Studies and Visualising Palestine (Lebanon), to create a web-based, interactive record of modern Palestinian history that is more coherent and accessible than any we yet have. This web-based, multimedia timeline of Palestinian history is designed as well for museum visitors. Available in both English and Arabic, the Timeline will present key events that have shaped Palestine from the mid-19th century to the present day, providing links to a wealth of related historical material (documents, maps, photos, videos, audio files, etc.) alongside each event.

The Museum participates in Palestine’s 2nd Art Biennial

In October 2014, the Palestinian Museum became part of the steering committee for the second Qalandiya International Art Biennale. Titled ‘Archives, Lived and Shared’, Qalandiya International was launched this year on 22 October and ran until 15 November.

Four training workshops in 2014

As part of its training programme in 2014, the Palestinian Museum held a series of training workshops. The workshops were open both to the Museum own staff and to other members of the museum sector in Palestine. Organised with the support of Goethe Institut, the workshops also allowed participants to develop and exchange their own experiences and expertise. They covered a range of topics, from ‘Storing and working with photographic archives’ to ‘Collection management’, ‘Museums and education’, and ‘Exhibition production’.

Palestinian embroidery exhibition in Beirut

Rachel Dedman, a young British curator based in Beirut, has recently been commissioned by the Museum to produce and oversee an exhibition that explores the political history of Palestinian embroidery.

Children of Ni’lin create cactus mural with Iraqi artist Atheir Musawi

The Museum took part in the recent local festival ‘Science Days’ in Palestine last December, organising a workshop for children with the Iraqi artist Athir Musawi at the Khawaja Palace in Ni’lin (west of Ramallah). read more

Meeting with Palestinians living in the Diaspora

Last summer the Museum participated in the Birzeit Heritage Week with a small show featuring the architects’ model of the new Museum building, a selection of images from the ‘Holy See’ project, two short films, and other images relating to Museum projects. The event provided an opportunity to network with the many Palestinians then visiting Birzeit for an annual convention organised for former Birzeit residents now living in the diaspora.

The Palestinian Museum celebrates International Museum Day with a workshop on storing and working with image archives

On May 18, Palestine, alongside about 35,000 other museums in 143 different countries worldwide, took part in the annual celebration of International Museum Day, whose theme this year was ‘Museum Collections Make Connections’. Palestine’s participation took the form of a workshop organised by the Palestinian Museum and the Goethe Institute, targeting the museum sector in Palestine. The workshop was titled ‘Storing and working with image archives’, and took place at Birzeit University.

Short Film on Digital Archiving and Photographer George Nehmeh

This short film documents the digitizing of the UNRWA archive in Gaza. read more

‘The Long Journey’: Jerusalem, the First Station

UNRWA announced the digitizing of its audio-visual collection through ‘The Long Journey’ photo exhibition, held recently at Al-Ma’mal Foundation in the Old City of Jerusalem. read more

Al-Qattan: UNRWA’s digital archive will help tell refugees’ story

UNRWA’s collection has more than 430,000 negatives, 10,000 prints, 85,000 slides, 75 films and 730 videotapes and is inscribed on the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register. The rich digitized archive contains rare snapshots of the displacement, dispossession and expulsion of the Palestinian people, thousands of whom are refugees in their own homeland and in neighboring Arab countries including Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. read more

PM Mourns Othman Ra’fat Hamdan

As we continue to record interviews with Palestinians from all walks of life for the museum’s opening exhibition, “Never-part”, we are constantly reminded of the volume of stories that deserve to be heard and brought to light. These stories reflect who these people are, and their memories are an indispensible part of the story of our nation as a whole. read more

The Palestinian Museum: Palestine’s First LEED-Certified Green Building

When the Palestinian Museum opens its doors in 2016, visitors will be able to experience Palestine’s first energy-efficient green building. Striving for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating, the Palestinian Museum will work with the Palestine Green Building Council to assure that it implements and adheres to green building design guidelines set by LEED. read more

Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Palestinian Museum at Birzeit

On the 11th of April 2013, the Welfare Association celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit. Over three hundred people attended the event, many of whom are leading members of the arts and culture community in Palestine, and the ceremony received wide coverage in local, Arab and international media. The Museum's hub in Birzeit is an ambitious construction project that will be carried out in two phases; the first will comprise 3000 square meters and will contain a gallery space, an amphitheater, a cafeteria, classrooms, gardens, offices and public facilities; and the second phase envisions an expansion of the Museum building to 9000 square meters. The Museum is expected to open its doors in 2016, marking the completion of the first construction phase.