Visit These Captivating Palestinian Museums In Person Or Digitally

From Connecticut to the West Bank, Palestinians are everywhere and their culture has an immense and important impact on the world to this day. For those who are looking for a place to start educating themselves on Palestine, I think these three museums are the best places to start.

A visit to these museums in person or digitally is an ideal and engaging way to learn more about Palestinian people and history, with a focal point on the diaspora. Below, are a few Palestinian museums situated around the globe that you can visit virtually or in person in order to expand your global perspective.

Museum of the Palestinian People, Washington D.C.

1900 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Museum of the Palestinian People Photo by: Mark Maguire DCist
Museum of the Palestinian People. Photo: Mark Maguire DCist

This young museum was opened in 2017 and is the first museum in Washington D.C., the nation’s museum hub, to center and celebrate Palestinian culture, history, and art. Its vision aims to display Palestinian stories from around the globe that showcase resilience, renewal and also to bring about a sense of home. If you aren’t in the D.C. area you can also visit this museum digitally. The museum’s digital collection and tour is fantastic and extensive. Currently, the featured digital exhibit is INTERSECTIONS: Palestinian and African American Art for Social Justice, which spotlights masterpieces that portray intersectionality and solidarity in the fight for justice. There are two other exhibits available for viewing online; its permanent collection and an exhibit called MAPS: Where are Palestinians Today shows an interactive map of where Palestinians are situated around the world which gives the viewer a better understanding of how far the Palestinian diaspora reaches.

 Museum of the Palestinian People
FACEBOOK Museum of the Palestinian People

If you are in the Washington D.C. area, you can visit the museum in person on Saturdays. Before your visit, however, you will need to book a tour in advance. Admission costs USD $5 per person.

The Palestinian Museum: Birzeit

Museum Street, Birzeit

 

If you are in West Bank, this is THE main museum to visit in order to learn even more about Palestinian history and culture. The museum was opened in 1997 and is dedicated to the memory of the Nakba, also known as the 1948 Palestinian exodus, where nearly 60% of Palestinians were exiled from their homeland. The Palestinian Museum is situated in the heart of West Bank and serves as a major global platform for Palestinian voices. Its mission aims to make a space that documents its people’s diverse and inspiring stories.

For those who can’t travel at the moment, don’t fret! This museum is hosting online educational events every month that are available in both Arabic and English. You can check out its calendar here and visit exhibitions virtually here. The most recent virtual exhibit titled “Glimmer of a Grove Above” displays political posters that represent the Palestinian geography and land. Another virtual exhibit on display titled “Jerusalem Lives” teaches visitors about the city and the collective resistance that shapes it.

Palestine Museum: Woodbridge, Connecticut

1764 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge, CT 06525

Palestine Museum US
1949. Young Palestinian girls who lost or got separated from their parents as they were driven out of Palestine, at an orphanage in Beirut, Lebanon. If any of your maternal ancestors grew up in an orphanage in Lebanon, take a close look as one of these angels might have been your grandmother. A picture is worth a thousand words. Photo courtesy of the United Nations. FACEBOOK Palestine Museum US

The Palestine Museum is perceivably in the middle of nowhere, but definitely still worth a visit. Overall, it has a focus on art and displays Palestinian artists from across the globe in order to preserve and celebrate Palestinian history and culture. Recently, it hosted an exhibit featuring Palestinian female artists. On the museum’s website, you can read some of the artists’s profiles, glance at their art and even watch a few interviews. Some artists’ discussions are recorded and posted live on the website as well, so be sure to glance at the events page to register fors occasional virtual artist talk and/or movie screenings.

For those who can’t make the road trip to Connecticut, you can still visit some of its collections virtually. Its website has a virtual viewing room which gives a quick glance into the exhibits and artists. I would, however, still recommend visiting the museum in person, if possible, so that you can fully experience the depth and beauty of Palestinian art. Before your in-person visit, you must first book an appointment. The admission is USD $8 for adults and free for children under 12.

Vivian Bauer

Editor

Vivian is passionate about everything related to music, art, and language. When traveling, she loves to walk for miles, try all kinds of food, and visit every museum. She has lived in Singapore, Belgium, and Brazil while hoping to one day travel to Mongolia and East Timor.

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