The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel is currently under construction on Museum Hill adjacent to the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum. Designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, the building was inspired by archaeological excavation sites with its earthy palette, a dark canopy covering and an indoor space located below street level.
The campus will cover 107,000 sqm. and will house over two million archaeological objects including coins, glass, textiles, mosaics, pottery, jewelry and 15,000 Dead Sea scrolls. These objects will be displayed in galleries as well as in viewable conservation and restoration centers:
The design also includes an archaeological library, classrooms and a café. A rooftop garden completes the structure with archaeological reconstructions and mosaics.