About the Terra Sancta Museum

With parts of the collections only seen previously as part of the touring collection at The Metropolitan museum New York forming a key part of their Jerusalem every people under heaven” exhibition (2016-17) and the Palace of Versaille in Paris for their 2013 exhibition Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. European royal courts to Jerusalem we are now excited to bring their unique collection of archaeological finds, antiquities and unique history of Jerusalem to the world. 

For the first time, the sealed cellars of two Franciscan monasteries in heart of the old city will be transformed into a modern, dynamic museum taking visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of Jerusalem.This collection of precious artefacts spans over 2000 years of history and will preserve this Cultural heritage for generations to come.

With a planned series of educational workshops, talks and events for visitors, local communities and a special focus on school children, the goal of the museum is to promote mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue. 

Work in progress…

The Terra Sancta Museum will be made up of three sections. Here is what has been done and what we need your help to do.




A virtual journey back in time to discover the history of Jerusalem. This allows visitors to begin their visit in Jerusalem being immersed in an atmosphere composed of the lights, sounds, rumours, stories, and animations of Herod’s epoch, wherein the dramatic events of the Passion, the death and resurrection of Christ took place.



Opened in June of 2018, the first wing of the archaeological section presents, through six rooms, the archaeological finds discovered by the Jerusalem Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF) during their years of archaeological exploration in all the territories of the Holy Land.



The History exhibition will recount the history of the Franciscans in the Holy Land by displaying rare collections of sculptures, paintings, goldsmith’s work, illuminated manuscripts, liturgical vestments and outfits, archival documents, armours, rare pharmacy jars and much more. It provides a living history and reflects all the cultures encountered by the Franciscans during their 800 years in the Holy Land.