Events in Hansen


19.05.2016 - 26.05.2016
Design Week is the initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority and it has been held at Beit Hansen for the… Read more...

Guided tour: from a leprous house to a creator’s house Advance reservation

About the fascinating history of the Hansen House, from its days as a leper hospital and until it was reopened… Read more...

Historical Exhibition: Behind the Wall

An historical exhibition describing the history of the institution from its establishment at the end of the 19th century through… Read more...


The Hansen House Design, Media and Technology Center now offers permanent and changing exhibitions, one of which is a historical exhibition depicting the story of the Hansen House and its prior tenants, using augmented reality techniques. The Hansen House includes a movie theatre, fabrication laboratory (Hansen Fablab) and a beautiful garden surrounding the building that was conserved and maintained together with the rest of the compound. Advanced academic programs are offered by the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and Mamuta Art & Media Center. Related design and technology research groups and art groups also operate at the Hansen House. Other programs and activities include the Film & Television Fund of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Erev Rav culture and society journal and more

The Hansen House, designed by German architect Conrad Schick, was established in 1887 as a leper asylum by the Protestant community of Jerusalem.

In 1950 the site was purchased by the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael), and served as  a  leprosy treatment center through to 2000. In 2009, the Israeli government decided to hand over the building to the municipality of Jerusalem city, for the purpose of converting it into an interdisciplinary cultural center. In 2011, the Jerusalem Development Authority started the Hansen House preservation project. By the end of 2013, the impressive historical building was reopened to the public, as a design, media and technology center



Getting there

Bus lines: 18, 13
Look for “Hansen House” in Waze