After three years of renovations, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem was rededicated yesterday. The redesign of the museum, which cost $100 million, has doubled the facility's exhibition space. The funds were also used to reconfigured both the entrance and access to the site.

President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a host of other dignitaries, donors and cultural figures were in attendance at Sunday evening's ceremonies. The new facility will be open to the public starting Monday, with extended hours until 9:00 P.M. through Wednesday and until 1:00 A.M. on Thursday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Netanyahu referred to the museum as an "exceptional combination of the values of our heritage and world culture, which is essentially the bridge connecting the past with the future."

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said the museum's reopening represents one phase in the city's return to the center of Israeli culture, which he called "another stage in the realization of [former mayor] Teddy Kollek's vision."