The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History is a National Enterprise operating under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, a National Research Infrastructure recognized by the National Council for Research and Development, and a Knowledge Center for Biology, Environment and Agriculture recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Museum’s collections are utilized for academic and applied research, as well as the public’s education. Having brought together collections collected over decades, the Steinhardt Museum is now able to offer millions of items that document the fauna and flora of the Eastern Mediterranean in the past century, alongside the history and development of the human species.
The museum’s collections and teams are divided into six groups: Terrestrial vertebrates; Entomology; Aquatic & marine; Herbarium; Paleobiology; and the Dan David Center. Additionally, the Steinhardt Museum is home to three applied policy-relevant centers: the Open Landscape Institute; HaMaarag, Israel’s National Ecosystem Assessment Program; and Israel Center for Aquatic Ecology.
The Museum also operates several special projects which provide scientific support in different fields: the ancient DNA lab; the entomological laboratory for applied ecology; the feather identification lab; marine biodiversity program; agricultural biodiversity program; a molecular systematics lab; and the Israel Taxonomy Initiative.
Hundreds of scientists and professionals from Israel and overseas use the Steinhardt Museum collections every year, to conduct research and develop knowledge and tools for the management and conservation of ecosystems, as well as sustainable utilization of natural resources. More than 100 research students use the collection annually for their MSc and PhD projects.