Director General's Message

Dear friends,

With spring upon us, we are eager to see you enjoy the Palestinian Museum gardens in bloom. For those unable to reach the museum in person, we hope you will join us across all our online platforms.

I am delighted to inform you that we are putting the finishing touches to our latest exhibition, A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast, which includes curated documentary and audio-visual material and commissioned artworks, to offer an in-depth perspective on the role of the people of Palestine in constructing and claiming ownership of their homeland along the coast over the past three centuries. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous events and activities designed and organised by the Public Engagement, Education, and Research and Knowledge departments. This will include symposia, tours, performances, workshops, publications, the annual conference, and more.

This embodies the Palestinian Museum’s vision of organising exhibitions grounded in historical research, with the aim of producing new knowledge on Palestine. We look forward to welcoming you to A People by the Sea this summer.

We continue to progress with our strategic projects as well, having launched the second phase of the Palestinian Museum Digital Archive project earlier this year, with over 180,000 documents archived in phase one. The Museum is also preparing and designing an interactive online educational platform for children, slated to launch within two years.

At the beginning of the year, we concluded Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun, an exhibition that explored Jerusalem and its cultural heritage by shedding light on the city’s publications and printing presses. Printed in Jerusalem was a significant achievement on several fronts, beginning with the extraordinary circumstances in which it was produced, amid the pandemic, lockdown, and limited commute. Moreover, our partnership with the Palestinian Heritage Museum – Dar al-Tifel al-Arabi to organise the exhibition offered a positive model of cooperation in the cultural and museum sector. The Palestinian Museum also presented wide-ranging online public, educational and knowledge-based programmes with exceptionally broad reach. The Education Programme, a cornerstone of our efforts at the Museum, pressed forth with its creative and innovative work during this period; with students and children unable to visit the museum over the last year, we welcomed them back with the opening of an interactive family space for all ages, a unique example of interactive learning using cultural tools.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum this summer, and until then, we invite you to visit our gardens this spring, and to participate in our ongoing online events and activities.

Best wishes,
Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, PhD
Director General of the Palestinian Museum