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Well, it’s been a week since our grand (re)opening and we’re still catching our breath.

The preparations were hectic, but boy, was it worth it! We would like to thank to everyone who came to show their support, as well as those who couldn’t make it and send their well-wishes from afar. Here’s a shout out to all those who attended the opening ceremony, including speakers Shur Antebi, Shlomo Zwickler, MK Yoaz Hendel, Min. Zeev Elkin, and our very own Dr. Barkay and Zachi Dvira; To all the people that got a chance to be one of the first to sift through a bucket at the new sifting installation (did you find anything exciting? share in the comments below!); to everyone that took part in the exhibit – both those that worked countless hours to put it together, and all those who came to see the fruits of our labor – you make it all worthwhile.

Min. Elkin sifting the inaugural bucket

We are Sorry to say that the exhibit was strictly a one-day event, but stay tuned for future announcements as our little museum moves into virtual space, where you’ll be able to visit anytime and view all the artifacts up close, and maybe put in your two cents about some of our more puzzling finds (read about them in the pre-exhibit article). The exhibit held a plethora of exhilarating finds from all ages, including our signature piece – the Immer bulla. But we must apologize to those who were looking for it during the few hours it was removed from the exhibit; we do have a good excuse, though – after his speach, Min. Elkin headed to the special Jerusalem Day Cabinet meeting, and he requested the bulla be brought to showcase the ancient Jewish connections to Jerusalem.

And lastly, we’d like to thank the members of the press who were in attendance, and wrote a few nice pieces on the event and the project. Go ahead and click the links – the articles are worth the read!

Visit our Facebook page for more experiences from the grand opening, and check out this video on our YouTube page for first-hand experience of the day’s events!

PM Netanyahu examining the Immer bulla

Complete Pandemonium Towards the Jerusalem Day Exhibit

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Hey there, Ladies and Gents!

So, the lab is in complete pandemonium and we have been working around the clock to prepare the Jerusalem Day exhibit.

When we scheduled the opening of the new sifting site to the first Sunday in June, we were just planning on having a modest affair, and raising a toast with some long-time friends.
But when somebody opened a calendar and saw that our reopening comes out on Jerusalem day, we knew we had to do something bigger, and that’s when the idea for the exhibition was born.

At first, we were going to showcase a few dozen items, but we got a little carried away and we lost count around the 300th artifact. Its a good thing that some artifacts are currently being studied and cannot be shown, or we would have never been able to choose.
As it is, despite time constraints (these type of exhibitions are usually prepared over 3-6 months, not 3 weeks!) and the fact that we could never hope to encompass all aspects of the discoveries made by the project, we think we’ve done a pretty good job! However, with all this running around, we only had time to prepare item descriptions in Hebrew, so if you come to the exhibit – ask, and we’ll translate it for you on the spot!

So come along, and enjoy the show! We will showcase the sacred, the mundane, coins, weapons, architecture, and much more. Alongside the main exhibit will be 22 enigmatic items which, frankly, have us stumped – the public is encouraged to suggest solutions.

The exhibition Will take place for one day only, June 2nd, 11:00am – 9:00pm. Don’t miss it!

Haggai Cohen, the exhibition curator, sorting and selecting finds for the showcase.