The Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa was the initiative of the late Dr. Reuben Hecht, founder of the Dagon Granaries in the Port of Haifa and founding member of the University of Haifa Board of Governors.
Archaeology of Eretz-Israel in chronological Sequence – Hecht Collection: Beginning with the Chalcolithic period and ending in the Late Byzantine period.
Thematic Displays – Hecht Collection: Jewish coins, West Semitic seals, weights, jewelry, toys, oil lamps and artifacts from the Temple Mount Excavations in Jerusalem.
Findings from University of Haifa Excavations: Tel Akko, Tel Nami and Gamla.
Phoenicians on the Northern Coast of Israel in the Biblical Period: The display focuses on the contribution of the Phoenicians to the beginning of marine architecture and to the technology of harbor engineering, and stresses the fact that they were sea-going traders.
Ancient Crafts and Industries: The focus of this display is on seven ancient crafts and industries: metalworking, woodworking, stone vessels, glassmaking, mosaic art, the art of writing and the physician`s craft.
Ma`agan Mikhael Ancient Ship: On display are the hull of the 2400-year-old ship, the anchor and part of the cargo.
The Hecht Collection consists of two principal groups:
France Painting 1830-1930: Barbizon school, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, School of Paris.
Jewish Art from Mid-19th to Early 20th Century: Dutch artists, German and East European artists. Among other works on display are paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Soutine and Modigliani.
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