Hecht Archaeology Museum
The Permanent Archaeological Exhibition is based on the collection of the Museum’s founder, who donated it to the university. The layout of the Hecht Collection is based upon two principles: that the displays are presented both didactically and chronologically and that the collection continues to highlight the Israelite period, thereby remaining faithful to Dr. Hecht’s vision.
Part of the Hecht Collection is integrated into a display arranged in chronological sequence, beginning with the Chalcolithic period and ending in the Byzantine period. Another part is integrated into a display arranged chronologically and thematically. Coins, seals, weights, jewelry, toys, oil lamps, and the ‘seven species’ are all exhibited with particular emphasis on two collections: Jewish coins and inscribed seals from the Biblical period. The museum’s collection of ancient seals is one of the largest and most important in the field.
About two years before his death, Dr. Hecht began planning an expansion of the Museum, but he died in April 1993, before he could see the realization of his intentions. The management of the University of Haifa and the directors of the Hecht Foundation, however, continued with this initiative, and the new wing of the Museum was inaugurated in October 1998. The permanent displays in the new wing are thematic and based both on archaeological artifacts from the Hecht Collection and those on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority. The latter include finds from excavations conducted by the University of Haifa
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