Israel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Israel Museum, its national museum, which was founded by legendary mayor Teddy Kollek. The Museum, which was built in 1965 was an architectural masterpiece, composed of a series of buildings designed by architect Alfred Mansfeld and interior designer Dora Gad to look like an organic local Arab village. There was something intimate about the Israel Museum before it was expanded in 2010, as it was just like a representation of the State of Israel itself. The design was rooted in modular modernism, where each building could be constructed independently or in combination with the others, each clad with Jerusalem stone. One of my favorite parts of this remarkable museum that tells the story of this country, is the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, discovered in caves in and around the Wadi Qumran in the 50s. The building takes the form of a sleek, clean white dome, designed by American architect Frederick Kiesler. Since built in 1965 it has become an integral part of Jerusalem’s skyline.