The Palestinian Museum

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The Palestinian Museum

University students tour the museum
Overview of the Palestinian Museum and its gardens
Symposium on Palestinian embroidery at the museum
School children activity at the Palestinian Museum
In 1997, members of Taawon had the idea of creating a museum dedicated to the memory of the Nakba in order to document the catastrophe that shaped the history of modern Palestine as a result of the expulsion from their homeland of more than 60% of the country's Arab inhabitants. Over time, however, this idea has evolved so that the museum no longer only focuses on the Nakba, but is now planned as an institution that can celebrate Palestine's culture more broadly (SDG 11).
 
The Palestinian Museum is an independent institution dedicated to supporting an open and dynamic Palestinian culture nationally and internationally. The Museum presents and engages with new perspectives on Palestinian history, society, and culture. It also offers spaces for creative ventures, educational programs, and innovative research. The Museum is a flagship project of Taawon-Welfare Association and one of the most exciting new cultural projects in Palestine.

 

The Museum’s Vision

The Palestinian Museum aims to contribute to a vibrant Palestinian cultural scene with a national and international presence, capable of strengthening the bonds between Palestinians and those interested in their culture and history.

The Museum will focus on promoting Palestinian culture in the Arab world and internationally; creating the environment for free and innovative intellectual and creative endeavor; advocating for the use of cultural tools for educational purposes; strengthening a sense of unifying national identity and fostering a culture of dialogue and tolerance.

Museum without Borders

The Palestinian Museum was designed as a transnational institution, capable of overcoming geographical and political boundaries to reach Palestinians within historic Palestine and beyond. Its digital collections and online platforms, alongside its network of local and international partnerships, will allow for the sharing of skills, resources, programs and exhibitions with individuals and institutions worldwide.

Our Story

In 1997, members of Taawon wanted to create a museum dedicated to the memory of the Nakba in order to document the catastrophe that shaped the history of modern Palestine as a result of the expulsion from their homeland of more than 60 percent of the country’s Arab inhabitants. With time, however, this idea evolved so that the Museum no longer only focusses on the Nakba, but is now planned as an institution that can celebrate Palestine’s culture more broadly. The Museum aims to do this through a series of innovative and creative programs that will allow its audience to also reflect on the present in order to imagine a better future.

 

2016 Achievements

  •  Inaugurated a new building for the museum in Birzeit in an official opening ceremony in May 2016. A special guide was published that includes a general description of all the plants in the museum’s garden.
  •  Opened the first satellite exhibition in Beirut entitled “At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian embroidery”, accompanied by the publication of a catalogue featuring research essays.
  •  Participated in Qalandiya international 2016 in a series of symposia, tours, and workshops with school children.
  •  Participated in the training course for writing in the visual arts, along with other partner cultural institutions.
  •  Announced a 3-year plan that includes the launch of the Museum’s inaugural exhibition in Palestine.

 

Testimonies

“Positive energy is important in our current climate of cynicism and indecision, in a country that’s under occupation, where there’s little self-value or self-confidence. We wanted to make a statement that we’re here to stay.” Omar Al-Qattan, The Guardian, 17 May, 2016    
Palestinian Museum