The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has announced plans to build the first museum dedicated to Albert Einstein. The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has announced plans to build the first museum dedicated to Albert Einstein. The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has announced plans to build the first museum dedicated to Albert Einstein. (Photo: Central Press/Getty Images)

Finally, Einstein gets his own museum

A book and film about the science icon are also in the works.

Albert Einstein is one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, his name synonymous with scientific genius, yet there's not one institution solely dedicated to his life and work. Until now.

At a recent event in Toronto that featured Chelsea Clinton, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced plans for the Albert Einstein Museum, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his discovery of the theory of general relativity.

The announcement continues a relationship between Einstein and the university that stretches back to its foundation in 1925, when he helped to establish the university to which he ultimately bequeathed his entire estate.

Documents are seen on display as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched the all-new, expanded Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem, Israel.Documents are seen on display as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched the all-new, expanded Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Image)

In addition, the university announced plans for world-renowned designer Ron Arad to create the world's first 3D-printed book about Einstein, featuring essays from leading opinion formers. To round out the trifecta, the school said it is also producing an IMAX film about the Nobel Prize winner. The film is in pre-production with a release date set for 2017.

"Given just how remarkable Einstein's legacy to humanity is, we wanted to create a suite of events that really creates a feeling of inspiration," said Rami Kleinmann, who helped to organize the event. "What we planned is innovative, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. We want the world to celebrate this great man's contribution with us."

Hebrew University has taken an active role in perpetuating the legacy of Einstein. A decades-long joint digitization effort between the school and Princeton University Press came to fruition late last year when The Einstein Papers Project launched. It is an initiative to create an online searchable database of more than 80,000 documents and copies of documents produced by Einstein during his lifetime.

In addition, the university also sponsors the The Next Einstein competition, an annual search for innovation and ideas that could change the world.

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