Past Exhibits

Learn more about various past exhibits presented by Museum of the Bible.

February 28–August 30, 2020

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

Passover is a time of remembrance and celebration. Experience this rich tradition through a selection of the most beautifully illuminated Haggadot from the past 500 years.

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July 6, 2019 - May 3, 2020

The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination

The book of Revelation in the Christian Bible has been a fascinating source of inspiration for artists. See the imagery of the Apocalypse reinterpreted by artist Dr. Irene Barberis in a contemporary, glow-in-the-dark tapestry of epic scale.

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November 8, 2019–March 29, 2020

A Fence Around the Torah: Unveiling an Iconic Jewish Bible

Hidden away for 1,000 years, the text of the Washington Pentateuch is the foundation of almost every Bible today. This ancient Hebrew Bible will be unveiled to the public for the first time in this special exhibition.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2018 - September 1, 2019

The Slave Bible: Let the Story Be Told

Discover the disturbing story of British missionaries’ use of the Slave Bible among enslaved Africans in the Caribbean. Learn more about the past exhibit

October 27, 2018 - April 28, 2019

The Wiedmann Bible

Discover the work of German artist Willy Wiedmann, who spent 16 years creating the world’s longest illustrated Bible. Learn more about the past exhibit

June 24, 2018 – June 2, 2019

Jerusalem and Rome: Cultures in Context in the First Century CE

Brought to Museum of the Bible by the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, this exhibition tells the story of the first century CE from the greatest political events of the century down to the daily life of everyday people. Learn more about the past exhibit

April 6 - May 27, 2019

The Stations of the Cross

Featuring the magnificent work of renowned sculptor Gib Singleton, this experience portrayed fourteen stages in the last hours of Jesus’ life. Learn more about this past exhibit

AUGUST 5, 2018 – JANUARY 27, 2019

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

Explore how the Bible shaped Billy Graham’s life and work as one of the most prominent figures of the past century. Learn more about the past exhibit

AUGUST 10, 2018 - OCTOBER 1, 2018

Lost and Found: The Return of Manuscript 18

Museum of the Bible sponsored research that led to the discovery that a medieval Greek manuscript in its collection had been stolen from the University of Athens. Discover the fascinating story of how the museum returned this manuscript to its rightful owner. Learn more about this past exhibit

July 1, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Sacred Drama: Performing the Bible in Renaissance Florence

Discover how theatrical performances of the Bible were used to shape future citizens in Renaissance Florence. Learn more about this past exhibit

July 1, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Noblewomen and the Bible: Seven Stories from the House of Stolberg

Explore the role of the Bible in the lives of seven fascinating noblewomen from one of Germany’s oldest dynasties. Learn more about this past exhibit

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - APRIL 29, 2018

Amazing Grace: How Sweet the Sound

Amy Van Dyke, Curator

Museum visitors learned how John Newton's famous hymn, “Amazing Grace,” which resonates in the hearts and on the lips of so many, reached depths far beyond any that Newton would have imagined. Learn more about this past exhibit

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - APRIL 29, 2018

The Living Dead: Ecclesiastes Through Art

Corinna Ricasoli, Curator

Visitors explored themes from the book of Ecclesiastes through early modern art. Learn more about this past exhibit

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - APRIL 29, 2018

The Art of the Gospels by Makoto Fujimura

A contemporary art exhibition which highlighted the work of Makoto Fujimura, as he revisited the legacy of illumination and explored the Bible as a source of creative inspiration.

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - APRIL 29, 2018

In the Valley of David and Goliath, Bible Lands Museum

Previously on loan from the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem

Visitors explored artifacts from an archeological site in the Elah Valley, the region where David defeated Goliath. Learn more about this past exhibit

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 - JANUARY 31, 2018

Amsterdam: A City of Jewish Books

Displayed at Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

This exhibition, presented by the Jewish Historical Museum, highlighted some of the most important and beautiful Jewish books from the Ets Haim and the Biblioteca Rosenthaliana collections. Learn more about this past exhibit. Learn more about this past exhibit

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 - JANUARY 31, 2018

Christmas Illuminated: Prestigious Manuscripts from around the 15th Century in the Bavarian State Library Collection

Displayed at Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Visitors explored the Christmas story through rare and precious illuminated manuscripts from the collections of the Bavarian State Library. Learn more about this past exhibit


Unser Buch

Displayed in Augsburg, Germany & Wittenberg, Germany

The Unser Buch exhibit brought a piece of Martin Luther back to Germany in time for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

March 2015 – April 2016


Displayed in Santa Clarita, California

Passages was a 30,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit that chronicled the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies.

February – March 2016

La Biblia

Displayed in Santiago, Cuba

Rare texts and manuscripts from one of the world's largest private collections of biblical artifacts were on display at the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Ascunción, their first time on public display in Cuba since diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015.

SEPTEMBER 21-26, 2015

Verbum Domini II

Displayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Museum of the Bible joined with the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia in 2015 to present Verbum Domini II, an exhibit emphasizing how the Bible has spread to different cultures around the world.

July – August 2015

Los Destacados de la Museum Collections

Displayed in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Presented at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina during the Society of Biblical Literature's International Meeting, this exhibit displayed an arrangement of exquisite highlights from the Museum Collections.


Sacra Pagina

Displayed in universities across the U.S.

Sacra Pagina traveled to several universities in 2015 and highlighted ways people both in and out of the academic community approach and study the Bible.


Book of Books

Displayed at Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

Book of Books presented the relationship between Jewish and Christian faiths by tracing the transmission of the biblical text over the last two millennia, from the Judean wilderness to the whole world.


Verbum Domini II

Displayed in Braccio di Carlo Magno, Vatican City

Verbum Domini II: God's Word Goes Out to the Nations brought together over 200 rare and historical artifacts to tell the history of the Bible's journey across the globe.


La Biblia

Displayed in Havana, Cuba

The Bible: The Way of God in the Way of Man showcased the transmission of the Bible. Museum of the Bible presented this landmark exhibit for three weeks at the historic Havana Cathedral in partnership with the American Bible Society and the Archbishop of Cuba.