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28 June, 2012

Israeli government approves Albert Einstein museum in cooperation with the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Development Authority

Albert Einstein, founder and loyal supporter, bequeathed his writings and intellectual heritage to the Hebrew University, including the rights to his image
Albert Einstein, founder and loyal supporter, bequeathed his writings and intellectual heritage to the Hebrew University, including the rights to his image

The Israeli government has approved the establishment of an Albert Einstein museum that will make items from the scientist’s estate, including part of an 80,000 document archive, available to the public.

The idea to create a documentation center that will make Einstein’s estate accessible to the public crystallized during a telephone call between Hebrew University president Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson and Israeli president Shimon Peres. The museum will also serve as a tourist attraction for visitors from Israel and around the world, who have displayed a tremendous interest in the scientist’s life and legacy.

The museum will include all documents at the Hebrew University related to Einstein and will shed light on his character, scientific achievements and historical activities. Approximately 80 thousand Einstein documents are currently located at the Hebrew University’s Albert Einstein Archives, which recently launched a digitization project including the visual presentation of 2,500 selected documents at www.alberteinstein.info.

Albert Einstein was a founder of the Hebrew University and one of its most loyal supporters. In his will, he bequeathed all of his writings and intellectual heritage to the Hebrew University, including the rights to the use of his image.

A steering committee established to promote the idea includes Hebrew University vice-president and general manager Billy Shapira, and representatives from the offices of Israel’s president and prime minister. Management of the project was entrusted to the Jerusalem Development Authority.

The museum is expected to include a permanent exhibition of significant items associated with Albert Einstein’s work, along with the technical means to explain his scientific principles and enable people to access information virtually. Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, academic head of the Einstein Archives and a former president of the Hebrew University, is leading the planning at this stage, which will determine the nature of the museum, its contents and presentations, as well as the different functions included in the information center.


 

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