This national museum is devoted to Marc Chagall's religious, mystical and spiritual art. The museum was created when Chagall was still alive, after he gave the state his series of 17 paintings illustrating the biblical message - paintings inspired by Jewish folklore and painted on vast canvasses. Chagall himself donated his preparatory sketches, and the museum's collection has grown steadily since then. The artist provided detailed instructions about the gardens surrounding the museum, and created a mosaic that overlooks the pond and the stained glasses that decorate the concert hall. A small bookshop at the entrance sells books about Chagall and prints of his work.