Hall of Independance
A government decision taken on 26 April 2009 stated, inter alia among other things, that the government would act to preserve and reconstruct the building on 16 Rothschild Boulevard in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, as it was of national and historical importance to the people and to the state. The government would act to set up a permanent exhibit for the benefit of the public on matters related to the Declaration of Independence and the Scroll of Independence
, the history of the People of Israel in the Land of Israel, and the endeavors of Meir Dizengoff
In early 2011 a committee headed by Dr. Yehoshua Freundlich, the former State Archivist, and Mr. Reuven Pinsky, head of the National Heritage Program in the Prime Minister’s Office, chose the Tel-Aviv Municipality and the Eretz-Israel Museum as the bodies in charge of renovating the site and setting up a new modern museum. In October 2011 a new director was appointed to Beit Haatzmaut
, Mr. Hezi Tzviel, to lead the planning, building, management, and operation of the future museum.
Prior to preservation work, the ground floor and the Declaration Hall
were renovated. During the work a ceramic plaque made by the artist Chava Samuel was uncovered. The plaque commemorated the event of the declaration of the State in the building. At the same time, part of the original building constructed in 1909 was found blocked; it was incorporated into the wall of the museum, designed by Carl Rubin in 1935.
Together with the initial renovations, plans for the museological museology concept (the program) of Beit Haaztmaut
were consolidated by an academic team - experts in the history of Eretz Israel, headed by Dr. Mordechai Naor, Prof. Maoz Azarya, Prof. Motti Golani, Prof. Irit Amit and Dr. Dov Tamari. together with the curator of Beit Haatzmaut, Dr. Nirit Shalev Khalifa. Other partners are Dr. Yaakov Lazovik, the State Archivist, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office National Heritage Program, Mr. Reuven Pinsky, architect Leora Beery Eldan, and Mr. Ilan Cohen, CEO and Mr. Zachi Becker, deputy CEO of the Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel- Aviv.
After the ideational plan is approved, an architect and designer for the museum will be selected in a free competition. The museum will be spread over three floors.