About The Museum
The Upper Galilee Museum of Prehistory is unique. It contains one of the most impressive collections of prehistoric stone tools in the world, as well as other archeological treasures from the Upper Galilee of Israel; one of the earliest regions to be settled by the ancestors of present day man. The museum has existed for 58 years and with its unique and rare collection, it has a bright future. Now is the time to infuse new energy and appeal into this important and singular institution.
During the War of Independence, Amnon Assaf, founder of the Museum, and his fellow fighters from the Palmach were clearing boulders from fields near the Northern Border. Intuitively, he couldn’t help but notice the abundance of prehistoric stone tools scattered over the land. In that moment, the idea for a unique collection took shape.
Amnon Assaf and his “Palmachnikim” also recognized the strategic importance of the site; Kibbutz Mayaan Baruch was founded. As the community grew, the collection expanded. A shack housing the prehistoric heritage was enlarged and renovated to an exhibition space and museum. Today the 40,000 pre-historic items include skeletons, skulls and stone tools from the Upper Galilee and the Hulla Valley, home of modern man’s ancestors. Even before the young State of Israel had established its Antiquities Authority Amnon Assaf was cataloguing his collection and therefore a pathfinder of archeology in the Upper Galilee.
From fascinating stone-age hand tools dating back 750,000 years confirming our roots in Africa, to the intriguing skeleton “Woman with a dog” the first evidence of domesticated canines, the museum traces man’s evolution and developing technology.
Today’s collection is unprecedented in the world and the museum is a magnet for archeological research.
Amnon, who is now 86 years old wants to pass this treasure to the next generation; update the exhibition space, introduce modern exhibition technologies based on self-guided tours and attractive animations illustrating man’s pre-historic world and its relevance to modern man. This is an opportunity to renew this exciting and unique institution.