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Israel Museum is one of the largest in the world

The Israel Museum, with its massive collections of archaeology, Jewish ritual objects, fine arts, and contemporary works, was listed as the world’s 17th largest museum. The list, compiled by Newsweek and published Friday, placed the Jerusalem institute ahead of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and said it was just slightly smaller than the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Coming in first place was the Louvre Museum in Pairs, coving an enormous area of 782,910 square feet (72,735 square meters). But the famous institute was only reported to have some 38,000 art pieces in comparison, dating from prehistory to the 21st century.

Jessica Steinberg