Dear visitors and supporters,

After saying goodbye to 2021, we reflect on a year filled with the challenges posed by the pandemic and what Palestinians undergo, notably in Sheikh Jarrah, Gaza, Beita, and throughout Palestine. We also mourn the loss of our colleague Zakaria Badwan, killed earlier this year by the Occupation. 
Throughout the past year, we persevered, creating more enriching learning experiences for all. We thank you for accompanying us on this journey and hope you will continue to do so in 2022 as we continue to produce more innovative content and experiences.

Very best wishes,
Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, PhD
Director General 

90 historical dresses (thobes) join the Museum's permanent collection

260 material heritage pieces were repatriated from the United States and France, including unique thobes with their accessories and other embroidered pieces. Since the arrival of these collections, the Museum began photographing and documenting each piece. 
The collections were repatriated thanks to the Museum’s first crowdfunding campaign, Let’s Bring our Thobes Back Home.

The Museum also produced a video, in both Arabic and English, explaining the history of these pieces and their artistic and social significance. 
The public was offered an exclusive opportunity for an up-close look at the permanent collection through a monthly series of guided tours in the collection room led by Museum Registrar Baha Jubeh. 

Watch the video here.

The Museum announces a collaboration with the V&A
to conserve material cultural heritage through a grant from the ALIPH Foundation

The Palestinian Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum announce their first collaboration on a new project to develop the capacities of the PM collections department, including equipping and establishing the first textile conservation studio in Palestine.  
This studio will enable the conservation of Palestinian tangible heritage, particularly traditional embroidered dresses (thobes). This two-year project will also allow for the training of other museums, collectors, and all those in Palestine interested in preserving and restoring Palestinian embroidery textiles (tatreez). 

A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast

The Museum opened its sixth exhibition, curated by Inass Yassin and assistant curator Ahmed al-Aqra, with academic consultations from historians Adel Manna and Mahmoud Yazbek. The exhibition provides a new cognitive and aesthetic experience in its presentation of Palestinian historical narratives. 

Starting from the mid-eighteenth century and ending in 1948, the exhibition allows for a re-examination of the Nakba through a presentation of two hundred years of landmarks in the history of the Palestinian coast, tracing future possibilities by reflecting upon past experiences. 

The exhibition will run through October 31, 2022.

Live performances in the Museum exhibition space 

A new experimental performance was given at the opening of the Museum’s exhibition, consisting of short sketches inspired by the historical chronicles of the new exhibition. Visitors followed the actors inside the exhibition space; through these performances, they were offered peeks into the lives of Palestinians along the coast. The sketches revealed how major political events and historical upheavals impacted ordinary Palestinians’ lives and moved through tales of survival, love and hope, with personal experiences open to collective memory. Writing and artistic direction by Amer Hlehel, directed by Emile Saba.

In January 2022, the Museum is preparing to present on its social media platforms a new production by Amer Hlehel, filmed in the exhibition space: A performed reading of the play "Lanterns of the King of Galilee" based on the eponymous novel by Ibrahim Nasrallah. It is a novelised account of the experiences of Daher al-Omar with which the current exhibition opens. Don’t miss it! 

Dozens of activities held at the Museum after a digital hiatus 

With the easing of restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Museum gradually resumed its on-site activities in 2021, while simultaneously broadcasting them online through its digital platforms. 

The most notable of these events included the Open Day (which attracted nearly 300 visitors, including individuals and families), the opening events of the new exhibition, its inaugural symposium “The Palestinian Coast in the Imaginary: Dialectics of History and the Novel” with novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah and other speakers, an artist talk with Sharif Sarhan visiting from Gaza, an “Olive Harvesting and Art Workshop for Children” with the Visual Arts Forum, the “Unforgettable: Palestine in Two Thousand Years of Documentation” lecture given by professor Salman Abu Sitta in dialogue with professor Johnny Mansour, several evening tours and a Night at the Museum, a special holiday-themed stories event for children and families, and many more!

Join us for our upcoming events, details of which can be found here.

New first-of-its-kind digital educational platform in Palestine

The Palestinian Museum and the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem announced the launch of a new two-year digital educational platform project. The project targets children, adolescents, families, and those engaged in education and learning about Palestine's history and culture. It consists of two main components: capacity-building for the Museum’s Educational Programme team in partnership with French museums, and the development of a digital platform with interactive content for youth based Palestinian Museum content. 

The platform will be made public by the end of 2022. 

Resumption of school tours

As a result of the pandemic, Museum school tours were put on hold in 2020. In cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, they were resumed during the second half of 2021, with dozens of visits organised to our latest exhibition, “A People by the Sea,” from schools across the West Bank. In total, 1172 students and teachers visited. Their visits included interactive tours and artistic activities inspired by the exhibition. 

Furthermore, the Museum concluded an intensive teachers’ course Art in Education accompanied by researcher Malek Al-Rimawi. 15 teachers from across the West Bank participated. The course aimed to train teachers to implement community initiatives on art regarding issues that directly affect them and their society. As a part of this course, five initiatives were implemented in five schools. 

The Art in Education course was organised in partnership with the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Educational Research and Development Programme.

Children’s book launch: “The History of Palestinian Art Told by Objects” 

In a special holiday-themed event, the Museum celebrated the launch of six original children’s stories inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions. The stories were written and illustrated by commissioned writers and illustrators from Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and Argentina: Ahlam Bsharat, Esraa Hedery, Anas  Aburahma, Isol, Wasim Kurdi, Anastasia Qarawani, Yara Bamieh, Abdullah Qawariq, Haya Halaw, and Walid Taher. Designer Leen Charafeddine also developed six card games to accompany each story.

This project was supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ (VAFF) project, funded by Sweden.

When you accompany your children on a trip to the Museum, do not forget your complimentary copies!

The Palestinian Museum's third annual conference, “Palestine: Producing Knowledge, Producing Futures”

The Museum held its third annual conference at Birzeit University, in partnership with Birzeit University’s Department of Social and Behavioural Science and Mada al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research. The conference accompanied the exhibition "A People by the Sea" and was attended by more than two hundred people, including researchers, academics, artists, university students.

The Research and Knowledge programme of the Museum and its annual conference were both generously funded by Ghalia and Omar Al-Qattan.

Research partnership with the University of Cape Town

The Palestinian Museum began a two-year research partnership with the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The research will focus on the topography of the occupation by examining similarities, intersections, and differences between the Palestinian experience and the experience of apartheid South Africa.

The project will be implemented through a series of workshops targeting researchers and artists and will include field visits and knowledge exchange to link museum knowledge in preserving, documenting, demonstrating, and dating violations on the ground with a practical design-based approach capable of reproducing ideas in several forms, such as maps, posters, photos, and videos.

The Palestinian Museum launches phase two of its Digital Archive project

The Palestinian Museum announced the launch of phase two of its Digital Archive project (PMDA), to include more than 360,000 open-access items, which will run for three years. The PMDA will expand its reach, collecting more Palestinian archives from families and institutions, as well as from Jordan and Lebanon, to shed light on various aspects of Palestinian social history since 1800.

Among the most prominent archives sourced in 2021 were collections from Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, poet Khalil Touma, the Mantar Museum in Tulkarm, Haifa’s Orthodox Community, Jaffa Cultural Center, writer and journalist Hanna Ibrahim, lawyer and politician Hanna Naqara, historian and researcher Sameeh Hamoudeh, writer and researcher Walid al-Fahoum, Jerusalem Mufti Saad al-Alami, Jaffa’s Basma Cafe Archive, and recordings by musician and playwright Mustafa Al-Kurd.

Phase two launched with a new grant by Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and in partnership with the UCLA Library.

The Palestinian Museum and the Institute for Palestine Studies sign an agreement to complete the Palestinian Journeys project

The Museum and IPS signed a three-year agreement to complete and enrich the Palestinian Journeys platform with additional inputs relating to historical events, biographies of Palestinian personalities, and additional documents and photographs. 

Palestinian Journeys is a joint project between the PM and IPS. It is a digital encyclopaedia and online portal to the multiple facets of the Palestinian experience, filled with fact-based historical accounts, biographies, events, and stories, all of which seek to craft an ever-growing comprehensive narrative, highlighting the active role of the Palestinian people in crafting their history.

This phase of the project was made possible by the generous support of Hani Al-Qattan, Leenah Al-Qattan, Nadia Sehweil, Najwa Al-Qattan, Nureddin Sehweil, Ossama Khoreibi, Omar Al-Qattan, and Shaker Fakhouri.

Explore Palestinian Journeys here.