About the Museum

The Museum of the Palestinian People is the first museum in the United States devoted to exploration, celebration, and preservation of the Palestinian people’s history, stories, culture, and art.

The Palestinian people have a rich 4,000-year old culture, a deep love of family, a long tradition of hospitality, and an intense bond with their land. Before religion or nationalism, Palestinians lived on the shore, along the rivers, in the hills and mountains, and in the deserts along the eastern Mediterranean. Empires came and empires went but the Palestinian people remained, preserved, and flourished through the development of their own identity, culture, religions, and economy.

Today, Palestinian history, culture and stories are being lost to the effects of Nakba (“Catastrophe”), occupation, and exile.

The Museum of the Palestinian People began as the Nakba Museum Project, a series of traveling exhibits featuring maps, photographs, and graphs outlining significant historical events in Palestine; photographs of nonviolent resistance in the West Bank; paintings by Palestinian artists living in refugee camps; and video firsthand accounts of the Nakba. The exhibits have been presented throughout the United States.

The Museum of The Palestinian People will be housed in Washington, DC. The physical space of the Museum will serve as a center for the celebration of Palestinian artistic expression, identity, and scholarship.

The Museum will

  • Present the Palestinian story to a national and international audience through historic and contemporary art, multimedia, technology, personal narratives, and interpretive forms of storytelling

  • Serve as a safe space for conversation, collaboration and education, and engage new audiences beyond distance and physical barriers. Through our online forums, Palestinians separated by distance or physical barriers will be able to interact with one another utilizing virtual and augmented reality where there are no borders, no walls and no checkpoints.

  • Explore what it means to be Palestinian in the context of life in the Occupied Territories, as a citizen of Israel, and in the global Palestinian Diaspora. It will document the meaning of the Palestinian identity pre occupation and under occupation.

  • Harness artistic and cultural resources to engage visitors with Palestinians, their culture, hospitality, compassion, and creativity, struggle, and resilience.

  • Connect visitors to the effects of and responses to the ongoing Nakba (“catastrophe”) which started in 1948 and continues to the present.

  • Connect the Palestinian struggle to social justice issues in the United States and embrace an ongoing commitment to the expression of our common humanity.

  • Partner with national and international museums to co-host exhibits and tell the Palestinian story through traveling exhibitions.