The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History is committed to encouraging curiosity, discovery, exploration and enjoyment of the natural world within the general public through world-class scientific research, education and exhibitions. The Museum aims to inspire deeper understanding of the natural world, its past and present, for the benefit of future generations.
As the Israel national center for biodiversity studies, the Museum is the largest and most active hub for documentation and science in this field in Israel. As part of its public and scientific activity, the Museum supports environmental protection and agriculture in our region, promoting knowledge of nature, both local and global, and sharing its accumulated knowledge and scientific endeavors with the public.
More than five and a half million items, included in the natural history collections of Tel Aviv University, have been transferred to their new home at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History. The collections provide documentation of the worlds of fauna and flora in Israel and the Middle East over thousands of years, alongside records of the historical and cultural development of the human species.
The Museum’s collections are used annually by hundreds of scientists and professionals from Israel and around the world, for purposes of research, as well as the development of knowledge and tools for managing and conserving ecosystems, concurrently with the sustainable utilization of natural resources. In addition, more than one hundred research students use the natural history collections every year, for their Master’s and PhD research projects.