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Explore Israel’s museum treasures online (Daily Tip)

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Aug. 7, 2015

The country that boasts cutting-edge technical prowess and the most museums per capita has unveiled a website that puts both strengths together: The big, beautiful Museums in Israel national portal launched at the beginning of June in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The project, touted as the first of its kind to showcase Israel’s preservation of culture and heritage in the digital age, is a joint venture of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Prime Minister’s Office-Heritage Division and more than 50 of Israel’s museums. The ministry and the PMO each contributed half of the NIS 18 million invested in planning and building the website over the past four years. The new dynamic gateway allows for quick access from any computer or smart device to information and high-resolution photos of thousands of items in Israeli museum collections, including pieces not currently on display. The items are grouped in the categories of Art; Judaica; History; Archaeology; World Cultures; Nature and Science. The website also provides access to millions of entries in “Europeana,” the European digital cultural library featuring advanced research tools. The Culture Ministry will maintain and update Museums in Israel, as well its 15-year-old website ilmuseums.com,  which provides basic information on 232 museums in Hebrew, English and Russian. The new site, to which more museums will be added gradually, is designed not only to display details such as opening hours, but to visually entice people – especially young people — to come and visit, says Michal Nachmias Adar, project coordinator in the PMO Heritage Division. (via Israel21c)
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