Explore Museum of the Bible’s current exhibits for a firsthand look at the global influence and history of the Bible!
While an outright ban on the Bible never existed in the USSR during the Cold War, many religions, and religious practices, were essentially forced out of public life by the state. Despite this opposition, Ken, and many others, believed that anyone who wanted a copy of the Bible should have one; so they set out to bring Bibles across the border. This exhibit is about his story — a tale of an ordinary man who did extraordinary things to share the Bible with the world.
The story of the Magna Carta is the story of the struggle for liberty. In this special exhibition, the role of the Bible and the English Church in that struggle will be traced from the creation of the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century to the present day. The Bible has much to say about rulers and ruling justly, such as Isaiah 10:1, “Woe unto those who make unjust laws,” or Psalm 2:10–11, “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Verses like these and others show the Bible’s position on justice, and have been discussed and debated time and again over the centuries by both rulers and the ruled.
Constructing handmade Nativity scenes set in elaborate landscapes called “cribs” is a centuries-old tradition that carries strong significance in Maltese culture. Last year, in partnership with the museum, the nation of Malta sponsored a crib-decorating contest. The top 10 entries were displayed, and guests voted for their favorites. The winner was Adrian Gatt and Raymond Zammit's crib, which you can see in the images below. This year we're featuring all 10 Nativities again so everyone can see these beautiful, intricately sculpted works of art. With some topping out at over 7 feet in diameter, they'll amaze even the youngest museum guest.
Encounter stunning manuscripts and other treasures from the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library.
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.
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.
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!