Exhibit Special Looks & Collections

Get a special look at exhibits and talks on collection items.

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Bells of Bethlehem: Sounds from the Church of the Nativity

Bethlehem in the Time of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity

November 22, 2022

In this opening event for Museum of the Bible's exhibition, Bells of Bethlehem: Sounds from the Church of the Nativity, hear from renowned New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III, who will discuss Bethlehem in the first century and how it connects to the Gospels. In addition, George Al Ama, a historian and resident of Bethlehem, will highlight the history and recent renovation of the Church of the Nativity.

Personal Stories: Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee and the Story of a Chinese Christian Family

October 20, 2022

Hear from author Jennifer Lin and scholar Joseph Lee as they discuss the history of Christianity in China through the 150-year saga of the Lin family captured in the family memoir, Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian family. Lee, a history professor at Pace University, will explain the lasting legacy of Watchman Nee, considered one of the most influential Chinese Christians of the twentieth century.

The Samaritans: A Biblical People

Samaritans Ancient and Modern

September 2022

Join us for a special look into The Samaritans: A Biblical People, an exhibition at Museum of the Bible in collaboration with the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies. The exhibit will tell the story of these Israelite people through films, ancient artifacts, medieval manuscripts, and the day-to-day objects of Samaritan life. This event will also include a panel discussion on the history of the Samaritans as well as a first look at the exhibition.

Mystery & Faith: The Shroud of Turin

The Future of the Mystery

July 16, 2022

In this presentation, Enrico Simonato, one of the directors of the International Center for the Study of the Shroud, will share insights about the perpetual care of the Shroud of Turin and how it relates to both scientific and critical studies that continue from many disciplines around the world. He will discuss the present-day state of research from his unique experience as a primary caretaker of the Shroud today, responsible for preserving it for future generations. Cheryl White, PhD, a board member of the Shroud of Turin Research and Education Association, will also discuss the Shroud’s research.

Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty.

Restoring the “Thomas Paine” Sandwich Magna Carta

March 3, 2022

Join speakers Chris Woods, director of the National Conservation Service (UK), and Luke Purser, co-founder and senior partner of Hawkwood International, as they discuss the 2015 rediscovery of the Sandwich Magna Carta, issued in 1300, along with the accompanying Charter of the Forest. This special event will be the final opportunity to view the Sandwich Magna Carta in person before it returns home to England. 

Mystery and Faith: Shroud of Turin

Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin Grand Opening

February 26, 2022

Join us for the grand opening of Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin, featuring a panel discussion with four renowned Shroud specialists: Russ Breault, Barrie Schwortz, Fr. Robert Spitzer, and Dr. Cheryl White. Together, they will explore different historical, scientific, and artistic aspects of the Shroud.

Mystery and Faith: Shroud of Turin

Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin Special Preview

February 23, 2022

Listen to Professor Andrew Casper of Miami University, Ohio, at the special preview program for the opening of our new exhibit, Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin. Professor Casper will speak about the Shroud in Italian art and how the Shroud itself was conceived of as a divine work of art in the early modern period. Don’t miss this special presentation.


Bible in America

1620: The Mayflower Compact and America’s Founding

November 18, 2021

On November 18, the museum will host a panel discussion on the 1620 Mayflower Compact — the shortest American political document of enduring significance. With these few words, however, the Pilgrims sowed the seeds of liberty and self-government that made their small New England settlement a cradle of American democracy. This event will explore the idea that these seventeenth-century Pilgrims were the true forerunners of America’s Founders and examine the Compact as a blueprint used to frame this nation's founding principles as embedded in the US Constitution.

Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty.

Magna Carta’s Legacy of Liberty: What Are Its Implications Today?

October 28, 2021

Join us for an exciting evening exploring the Magna Carta at Museum of the Bible. Those attending in person will tour our exhibition, Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty., before the program. Everyone, online and in person, will have the opportunity to hear our distinguished speakers discuss the Magna Carta’s legacy and the spiritual perspective behind the famous charter. After the event, there will be a short reception for those at the museum.

General Collections


October 7, 2021

Museum of the Bible members will get the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with some of the curators and specialists from past episodes of The Bible is So … Don’t miss your opportunity to ask your questions and engage more deeply with our artifacts and our amazing staff. The Bible is So … LIVE! will be held October 7 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty.

The Mystery of the Codex Valmadonna I

August 19, 2021

Discover the remarkable history of the Codex Valmadonna I—the only extant Hebrew manuscript dated to medieval England—through an in-depth look at this fascinating artifact, which is currently on display in Museum of the Bible’s newest exhibit,Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty. This story involves both the history of Jews in England before their expulsion in 1290 C.E. as well as the origins of the Ḥumash, the Synagogue Bible. Taken together, the extraordinary features of this Bible show how a manuscript can bring both a text and history to life.

Mystery and Faith: Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Mystery: The World's Most Analyzed Artifact

October 9, 2021

Discover why the Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most analyzed artifacts, is still a mystery. Join speakers 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. 

For guests who purchase a VIP ticket, a VIP reception will follow the event.

With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah

How to Live a Happier Life: Lessons from the Haggadah

March 15, 2021

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.


With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah

Illuminating the Passover Haggadah

August 27, 2020

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

Mystery and Faith: Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin: Explore the Mystery

January 18, 2020

Few artifacts in the world have stirred the imagination and provoked controversy as much as the Shroud of Turin. Now, it’s your turn to explore the mystery!


The Tapestry of Light: A 21st-Century Apocalypse

Visions of the Apocalypse

October 10, 2019

Join us for a discussion of the Apocalypse in the Bible and in contemporary art. An art exhibit featuring local artists’ interpretations of the Apocalypse will accompany the event.

The Tapestry of Light: A 21st-Century Apocalypse

The Tapestry of Light: A Discussion with the Artist and Curators

Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m.

Guests heard from the artist and curators on what inspired The Tapestry of Light, its style, content, techniques and technology. The attendees learned about its contribution to the history of art, science and faith, what it means to the artist and how it was achieved.

Jerusalem and Rome Special Speaker Series

March and April 2019

This special two-part speaker series brought together top scholars from different fields to dive deeper into some of the themes of the Jerusalem and Rome: Cultures in Context in the First Century CE, an exhibiton from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem now on display at Museum of the Bible. The event focused on the forces unleashed during and after the Great Jewish Revolt and explores how the revolt influenced early Judaism and Christianity.


Pilgrim Preacher: Billy Graham, the Bible, and the Challenges of the Modern World

Billy Graham: His Life and Legacy

General Collections

The Role of the Bible in Prisoner Transformation

June 2018

Museum of the Bible hosted Dr. Byron Johnson’s presentation of compelling evidence that the Bible and faith-motivated individuals and organizations can provide a powerful antidote to crime-related problems.

The Art of the Gospels by Makoto Fujimura

Mako Fujimura on the “Theology of Making”

April 2018

Museum of the Bible hosted distinguished artist, author and speaker, Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura's "The Art of the Gospels" exhibition was on display at the museum from November 2017 - April 2018.

The Living Dead: Ecclesiastes Through Art

C'est La Vie! Explore Vanitas Themes from the Book of Ecclesiastes Through Baroque Art

March 2018

This lecture focused on the theme of vanitas, showcasing its remarkable impact on 17th-century art.