Description of Palestinian Time Line:

1.         The Roman Aqueduct is a tangible reference to the Roman period for visitors. It was built during the time of Pontius Pilate (the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from 26–36 AD). During this period the Christian Presence was established by the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus.
2.         The story of the indigenous people of The Holy Land, building of churches and the role of pilgrims will be showed via multimedia and the artifacts. These elements have their roots in the Roman Period and Byzantine Period and shaped Bethlehem through the ages, including modern day.

Introduction of Mother of Pearl and Olive Wood Handicraft trade, established in the Ottoman Period, and role of churches in supporting the indigenous people of The Holy Land.

Traditional life and heritage in the Ottoman Period, British Mandate Period, Israeli Occupation and today
How professions and customs reflected the social, political, and economic context in Palestine.

The narrative of Palestinians in the Diaspora will be displayed via the Palestinian Surprises database website and multimedia, documents and artifacts.

The Museum through its gallery and gift shop will show how, despite obstacles, handicraft products are expressions of Palestinian Fine Art and continue to be ambassadors of Palestine today.

A MOP Cross. 19th Cross

Second Half of the 19th Century

90 CM High, 52 CM Wide


George Al Ama Collection