FOOTPRINT IN THE VALLEY
The museum is the only one of its kind in the region, with unique artifacts from the area as well as rare finds from the Mediterranean region. This museum is located near one of the country’s most important ancient roads, over which goods, people and armies traveled from the Mediterranean basin to the lands of the east.
The museum was founded in 1963 by Elazar Unger and other member of Kibbutz Nir David, the collection was donated by archeologist, painter and scholar Daniel Lifschitz. The museum lies on an archeological mount.
The museum displays a wide variety of artifacts from a range of historical periods. The earliest finds exhibited are flint tools dating back to the Neolithic period (8500-4500 BCE, discovered at Tel Kitan). From the Roman Period, a replica of a bronze statue of emperor Hadrain found in Bet She’an (original stands in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem). Surrounding the museum in the courtyard are architectural elements dating to the Roman and Byzantine periods.
The Israelite Village exhibit demonstrates early weaving techniques, using ancient tools that were excavated at the archeological museum site. Also on display are a variety of vessels found in burial caves, dating back to 2000 BCE.
One gallery of the museum is entirely devoted to art of the classical Greek world. Among the objects on display are geometric, black and red- figured vases, as well as figurines that were discovered in Greece and Italy.
Exhibition of Etruscan Artifacts
Etruscans believed to have originated and evolved in what is today known as Italy. The museum includes a rare collection of artifacts that reflect the daily life of war and agriculture of the Etruscans, as well as fine, detailed gold jewelry. The artifacts exemplify the use of advanced technologies
The Persian and Egyptian Room
Another gallery houses Persian Art from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BCE; including decorated pottery from Samarkand, glass vessels, and a fragment relief from the royal palace at Persepolis. Egyptian style scarabs, faience, and alabaster vessel and Coptic textiles are also on display.
Our youth department offers admirable educational programs that include hand-on activities and arts and crafts programs.