The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres. It contains an archive of his papers and “develops and implements impactful and meaningful programs with a focus on promoting a prosperous Israel, nurturing and highlighting Israeli innovation, and paving the way for shared-living between all of Israel’s citizens and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors.”
The center added an Innovation Center to showcase the “diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation” that have given the country the reputation as the “Start-up Nation.” The center includes exhibits such as a interactive hologram that allows visitors to meet Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB flash drive. Another exhibit displays high-tech developments such as autonomous vehicles. The Capsule is a virtual reality experience that allows visitors to test their imaginations by exploring options for addressing different global challenges.
Visits to the Innovation Center must be pre-booked through the website.
The Israeli Innovation Center
Sources: The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation;
Sarah Amandolare, “In the Heart of Israel’s ‘Start-up Nation,’ an Exclusive Scene Opens Up,” New York Times, (February 14, 2020).