The guide, Nir Ortal, leads this tour dealing with the history of the building, which was constructed by the Ottomans in 1890 as an orphanage. It was purchased in 1908 by the Jewish National Fund for the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, which was founded by Boris Schatz (who lived across the street). It was converted into a museum in 1925 and remained as such until the Israel Museum was built, at which time its collections were transferred to the new museum where they formed the core of the Israel Museum collection. Since the middle of the 1960’s, the building has housed the Association of Jerusalem Artists and Sculptors.
The ground floor features an exhibition of historic works dating back to the Bezalel period (Ze’ev Raban, Haviv Sasson) as well as an interactive display.
- Entry to the Artists House is contingent on presenting a Green Pass and wearing a mask.