The Israel Museum saw a record number of visitors for the month of July with over 83,000 people arriving to view its collections.

In a statement released on Sunday the museum said that during 2011, considered an excellent year of attendance, 820,000 people came to the museum. However, in the first six months of 2012, the number of visitors has already topped half a million.

“We are thrilled to see museum attendance reaching beyond our expectations and breaking our own historical record for the month of July,” said Director of the Israel Museum James Snyder .

In July the museum opened the exhibition A World Apart Next Door: Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews which is now receiving as many as 1,000 visitors a day.

Since its reopening following extensive refurbishment in 2010 the museum has enjoyed a steadily increasing attendance to its 20-acre site that is home to over 500,000 objects on display.