Israel Museum ranked 17th largest art institution in the world
The Israel Museum, with its massive collections of archeology, Jewish ritual objects, fine art and contemporary works, has been ranked 17th largest museum in the world.
The list, compiled by News week and published Friday, placed the Jerusalem institute ahead of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and said it was just slightly smaller than the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum has a gallery area of 199,000 square feet (18,500 square meters), according to the listing.
It contains some 500,000 works of art, ranging from prehistoric to contemporary art, as well as extensive biblical and Holy Land archeology.
And even amid the many coronavirus closures, the Israel Museum was still buying new works, mostly for its contemporary art collection.
The Louvre Museum in Pairs came out on top, covering an enormous area of 782,910 square feet (72,735 square meters).
But the famous institute would have by comparison only some 38,000 works of art, dating from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
Jessica Steinberg contributed to this report.