Go behind the scenes of a world-class natural history museum before it opens
We got an exclusive look at the Steinhardt Museum's collections as organizers prepare a grand opening.
When the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History opens later this year on the campus of Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel, it will be the first and only center for natural history research and outreach in the country and the surrounding area.
The museum building, designed by the architectural firm Kimmel-Eshkolot, is meant to resemble a treasure chest. It has already become an architectural icon in global design circles and, once finished, will house four units at the university: the Zoological Museum, the Biological Anthropology Museum, the National Herbarium and the public education program.
For now, however, the collections to be displayed at the museum are in transit, held in facilities just next door to the current construction site. We recently got an exclusive preview of the displays before they're exhibited to the public. Take a look.
Amos Belmaker, here posing with a gazelle, recently returned from earning a doctorate at Cornell University. He is now the Steinhardt Museum's bird collection manager and gave us a tour of the facility where the land animals are held. (Photo: Zach Pontz)
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