Sacred works with a focus on objects created around the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem make up the bulk of this collection. Icons of the Jerusalem School, shell icons, proskynetaria, reliquary crosses, manuscripts, textiles and numismatics are all included in this collection. One of the highlights from this section is a rare collection of pottery from Jerusalem’s Armenian workshops.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND SOUVENIRS
Palestine has been a destination for pilgrims, travellers and merchants throughout medieval and modern history. Productions of guides and memorabilia to assist and signify visits to the Holy Land make up an important aspect of the collection. This section includes manuscripts, maps, letters, lithographs, photographs, postcards, souvenirs and stereoscopes.
An important part of the collection includes works by European Orientalist artists who have visited the Levant. Oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks by prominent artists such a Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, Amadeo Preziosi, Boris Novikoff, and Osmod Romieux are all highlighted in this section.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN ART
A growing collection of modern and contemporary works by the pioneers of the Palestinian arts and culture movement from the early 20th century until present day, such as the works of Ismail Shammout, Ibrahim Ghannam, Amer Shomali, Sliman Mansour are all included in this section.