Artifacts and Educational Episodes from the Classical Conversations Timeline

Nebuchadnezzar Building Inscription

Age of Ancient Empires: Babylonians, ca. 1900–539 BC

See an ancient mudbrick and a royal cylinder commissioned by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.

Watch one of our Lonesome Curator episodes to hear about Nebuchadnezzar’s brick.

Gutenberg Press

Age of Exploration: Gutenberg’s Printing Press, ca. 1455

See leaves from the first major work printed by Johannes Gutenberg: the Bible. We have leaves from 1 Samuel as well as the entirety of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear about Gutenberg’s press from one of our living history interpreters and chief curatorial officer.

Make sure to visit the museum to see a live demo with a full-size replica of the press, or sign up for our virtual K–12 program on Gutenberg and the impact of his invention.

Age of Absolute Monarchs: Protestant Reformation, Erasmus and Luther Bibles

See first editions of Erasmus’s pioneering Greek New Testament.

Listen to our chief curatorial officer talk about Erasmus and his amazing contributions to the Bible’s history.

Make sure you view Luther’s Pentateuch and his famous New Testament, or read a letter written by Martin Luther himself!

English Indenture for 13 Ships, Including “The Mayflowere”

Age of Absolute Monarchs: The Mayflower

See what may very well be the bill of sale for the Mayflower that carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic.

Listen to three of our radio spots that discuss the Mayflower and the Bible: “The Mayflower Sets Sail”; “The Mayflower Compact”; and “The Mayflower Bible.”

And don’t miss a Lonesome Curator episode on the famous ship.