Jerusalem to become home to museum shaped like Einstein’s head

Government votes to establish center honoring physicist’s legacy

An exhibit at the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (photo credit: Flash90)
An exhibit at the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (photo credit: Flash90)

For years, scientists and thinkers have tried to get into Albert Einstein’s head. Now, the government is hoping to make that dream a reality, kind of.

The cabinet has voted to build an Albert Einstein museum in Jerusalem that will be dedicated to the physicist’s famous theory of relativity. It will be shaped like his head, the decision mandated without elaboration.

The government, in a special meeting commemorating Jerusalem Day on Sunday, voted to allot NIS 1 million for initial museum planning, part of a series of initiatives designed to strengthen tourism in Jerusalem and advance the city’s economic and social development.

The Einstein museum, a joint project with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will display items from Einstein’s estate, including his personal papers and handwritten manuscripts outlining his theory of relativity, which were left to the university in the physicist’s will.

“This is not just a tourist matter,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “This is an issue of the greatest value that will grant recognition to the sparks of genius that were hidden in our people and which broke through with Einstein.”

“I think it will attract the entire world to the museum, which has been designed in the image of the head of Albert Einstein,” Netanyahu said in a statement about the museum.

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