Who we areBeit- Miriam museum is an archaeological museum located iKibbutz Palmachim, on the Mediterranean coast between Tel Aviv and Ashdod, in Israel.
The Museum, which was granted formal national recognition in 1995, is named after the late Mrs. Miriam Lifschitz, a member of the kibbutz and one of the Museum’s founders.
The Museum exhibit archaeological finds from excavations in the area, including ancient amphorae and anchors retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the excavations were undertaken as a result of development work and sand mining performed in the kibbutz and throughout the region.
The collection includes artifacts from the Prehistoric Age, Chalcolithic Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Persian Period, and Hellenistic Period, Roman Period, Byzantine Period and Islamic Period.
Some of the important items on display are:
Hebrew Ostarcon from Hashaviahu fortress – 7th century B.C.E.
A fragmentary Greek inscription from Yavneh-Yam- Hellenistic Period.
Byzantine Mosaic floor from Yavneh-Yam.
Pottery, Coins, Glass, Metal & Jewelry artifacts –various periods.
Three Dolia (large jars) from Yavneh-Yam- Byzantine Period.
The area in which the artifacts were discovered has been an international crossroad throughout history, especially the ancient harbor of Yavneh-Yam, which during the Hellenistic period played an important role in sea trade.
The regional findings reflect the interrelationship between humankind and the sea, in ancient and modern times and the cultural-commercial contact between the settlers of the Mediterranean.
The Museum has two wings; the first with chronologically arranged exhibit and a new wing focus on Marine Biology and Ecology, Undersea Archaeology and finds from excavations in the site of Yavneh-Yam.
Every year, thousands of visitors from all ages enjoy guided tours at the Museum, the archaeological sites in the region, the seashore and the kibbutz. The visit at the museum also includes various recreational, educational and cultural activities.