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Explore Museum of the Bible’s current exhibits for a firsthand look at the global influence and history of the Bible!

November 9, 2022 – January 29, 2023

Bells of Bethlehem: Sounds from the Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, believed by many to mark the place of Jesus's birth, has survived thousands of years. It is one of the oldest continuously operating churches, surviving invasions, changing regimes, fire, and earthquakes.

In the twelfth century, during the Crusader period, protective walls, two bell towers, paintings, and mosaics were added to the church. During the mid-thirteenth century, prior to an invasion, Crusaders buried 13 bronze bells near the church, coating them with animal fat to protect them from rust. These bells were unearthed, along with 222 medieval copper pipes from the church organ, in 1906 during a building project at the Franciscan compound.

Museum of the Bible is excited to showcase six of these surviving bells for the Christmas season. Come learn about these artifacts from the Holy Land.

Photo credit: © Elias Halabi

March 6 – February 28, 2023

Watchman Nee

In a new “Personal Stories” exhibit opening March 6, Museum of the Bible will explore the life and martyrdom of Watchman Nee, recognized by Christianity Today magazine as one of the most influential Christians of the twentieth century. Watchman Nee founded the “Local Church” movement in China, the first native Christian movement in the country. 

Come explore the life and legacy of Watchman Nee. The exhibit is included with admission. 

September 16, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The Samaritans: A Biblical People

The name Samaritan is often linked to two particular stories found in the New Testament: Jesus's parable of the good Samaritan and the story of his encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. But beyond that, few know much about this micro-community of 850 people living in modern Israel who trace their history back to the kingdom of ancient Israel. 


The People of the Land: History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel

See fascinating archaeological discoveries from the Israel Antiquities Authority and learn more about life in ancient Israel.


Treasures from the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library

Encounter stunning manuscripts and other treasures from the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library.

Treasures of the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library | Museum of the Bible

The Impact of the Bible

On Floor 2, explore Bible in the World, where guests can explore the Bible’s impact on fashion, literature, music, and more, and Bible in America, with artifacts tracing the Bible’s profound influence on American culture. Check out Bible Now for a spectacular live feed of global data or Washington Revelations for a dazzling “flight” through the nation’s capital.


The Stories of the Bible

On Floor 3, walk through the stories of the Hebrew Bible, immerse yourself in first-century Nazareth, and listen to the story of how the followers of Jesus became a thriving community.


The History of the Bible

On Floor 4, encounter hundreds of rare and beautiful artifacts as you discover the Bible’s history, from handwritten scrolls to mobile devices, as it was embraced by many communities with different traditions! Don’t miss illumiNations, a collection of Bible translations from all around the world!