On a hill overlooking Jerusalem, the Mahmoud Darwish Museum emerges like an open book leading in its core to the monument of the master of words, in an architectural masterpiece combining tradition and modernity, reflecting the unique beauty of the Palestinian location and its history.
Stone stairs ascend amid rock-garden terraces leading to the different facilities of the museum, built on a 9000 square meters hill in Ramallah to a design created by renowned Palestinian architect Jafar Tukan, the son of the Palestinian poet, Ibrahim Tuqan.
Open Spaces intermingle with a garden that epitomizes the beauty of the Palestinian countryside, leading to a 500-seat open theater next to the “speakers’ corner” overlooking a body of water symbolizing life and aspirations.
At the top of the hill, a spacious yard leads to the great poet’s mausoleum, falling right in the center of the 'book” ( with the museum on one page and the theater on the opposite one).
A high tombstone rises behind the tomb, engraved with Mahmoud Darwish’s words” The butterfly effect cannot be seen, The butterfly effect will never fade away”.
A frenzy of colorful flowers surround the shrine, and green trees celebrate rejuvenation in the presence of the great poet, whose voice, image and poems dwell in the place.
Next to the mausoleum rises the Galilee Theater, an intimate hall dedicated to poetry readings and cultural events. On the opposite side lies the Mahmoud Darwish museum hall, the first museum of its kind in Palestine. It features some of the poet’s belongings, his office, and his coffee-cup, as well as handwritten manuscripts including the original handwritten text of declaration of independence. The museum also displays his published works in translation in several world languages. His awards and medals adorn the clay walls built using mud transported from his home village (Al Birweh) in the Galilee. It also contains back issues of Al- Carmel Literary Journal, and all his works starting from the early poems written in Haifa until the “Dice Player”, the complete chronicle of hid poetic experience.
Mahmoud Darwish’s overwhelming presence can be felt in every corner of the museum, with his voice resounding through a big screen, and walls decorated with passages from his poetry written in embossed Arabic letters.
At the Mahmoud Darwish Museum his words are overpowering, and his presence is strongly felt, because “ Death, all the arts have defeated you, all of them”, and “We love life, if we can find our way to it.”