Celebrate Easter and Passover with Us

Plan Your Visit

Come celebrate the joy of the season with an array of engaging activities at the museum and online. Check out all the ways we’re celebrating below and then get your tickets to the museum and join us for this holy season.

At the Museum

The History of Easter on the Big Screen

April 1–9, 14–16
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Museum of the Bible will host special showings of The History of Easter in our World Stage Theater. Come see this documentary, which explores the origins and incredible global impact of Easter by tracing the holiday backward in time from the present day to the resurrection of Jesus. Included with a general admission ticket.

World Stage Theater, Floor 5

Living History Interpreter Presentations

Passover in First-Century Nazareth
Listen to a retelling of the story of Passover and then hear what it means to a first-century Jewish audience. Performances occur throughout the day.
April 5–13
The World of Jesus of Nazareth, Floor 3 

The Via Dolorosa
In this dramatic presentation, guests will hear the story of Jesus's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection told from the perspective of early followers of Jesus who have just heard the news. The presentation takes guests through the Stations of the Cross exhibit.
March 31–April 1: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
April 2: 2:00 p.m.

April 6–8: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross Exhibit, Floor 5

Did You Know?

April 3, 1:00 p.m.
Join Curator of Hebraica and Judaica Jesse Abelman to learn about the Song of the Sea from Exodus 15 and its role in celebrating Passover.

April 14, 1:00 p.m.
Join Senior Curator Brian Hyland to learn more about the Pietàs on display at the museum.

Demo Lab, Floor 4

Education Station

Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us at our Education Station on Floor 4 for activities for children and guests.

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Exhibitions and Artifacts

"Stations of the Cross" by Gib Singleton

Floor 5

Guests can walk through our Stations of the Cross exhibit, featuring sculptures in bronze by renowned artist Gib Singleton of each stage in the final hours of Jesus’s life.

The Prague Haggadah of 1526

Floor 2

As the book used for the celebration of Passover, the Haggadah is one of the most popular texts in Jewish tradition. The text of the Haggadah has remained virtually unchanged for the past thousand years, but the illustrations that accompany it show a rich and varied tradition that brings the Haggadah to life in a way unlike any other Jewish text. Come see this magnificent and important Haggadah on display at the museum now.

"Easter Morning" by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Floor 2 Atrium

Easter Morning consists of three rondels (triple window) that depict Jesus in a white robe standing outside among flowers and trees, his head illuminated. The left panel depicts a woman looking toward Jesus, and the right panel depicts three crosses set atop a hill. Don’t miss this chance to examine the fine craftsmanship of Louis Comfort Tiffany up close.

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Online Museum Engagement

Stations of the Cross Online

The museum offers two virtual Stations of the Cross presentations. These interactive and spiritual art experiences, based on a long tradition of the church, commemorate 14 events from the last hours of Jesus’s life. Intended as an art form to portray the story in more meaningful ways, the 14 stages offer a profound platform for meditation, education, and prayer. 

Experience the power of these sculptures through two virtual presentations of the Stations of the Cross.

The Via Dolorosa

March 29, 2023

Via Dolorosa (“Way of Grief” in Latin) is a road in the old city of Jerusalem. Narrow stone roads and stone storefronts on each side of the road make this a unique experience of different smells, colors, and sounds. Many tourists are often surprised to learn that not much has changed in 2000 years, and it is in fact exactly what Jesus would have experienced when walking these streets on any given Friday. Join us in exploring this route and the surrounding area on a unique virtual tour in a 3D model. 

Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m. EDT
Cost: $19.99

How to Live a Happier Life: Lessons from Haggadah, Parts 1–3

More than a guidebook for the celebration of Passover, the Haggadah (Hebrew for “telling”) contains Jewish teachings, ideas, and principles that entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Gerson says can help everyone, regardless of religious belief, live a happier, more meaningful life:

Illuminating the Passover Haggadah

Sharon Mintz, an expert in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, and Elka Deitsch, the curator of our past exhibit, With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah, share the history of the Haggadah during the Middle Ages and beyond.

Professor Andrew Casper on the Shroud of Turin as Divine Art

Listen to Professor Andrew Casper of Miami University, Ohio, as he speaks about our past exhibit Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin. Professor Casper spoke about the Shroud in Italian art and how the Shroud itself was conceived as a divine work of art in the early modern period. 

Lunch & Learn: Easter before the Bunny

While for Christians around the world Easter is the highest holy day, few know the history and development of the celebration. This talk, led by former Museum of the Bible Director of Scholars Initiative Daniel Stevens, discusses the context and development of the Easter holiday.

Shroud of Mystery: The World’s Most Analyzed Artifact

Discover why the Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most analyzed artifacts, is still a mystery. Listen to Shroud specialists Dr. Cheryl White, Russ Breault, Father Peter Mangum, and Joe Marino as they explain the secrets of the linen cloth believed by millions to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth.

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