Joyeux Noël! Heri ya Krismasi! ¡Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!
The holiday goes by many names, but they all have one meaning: the celebration of Jesus’s birth.
Museum of the Bible is celebrating “Many Names, One Meaning” — a Christmas celebration for the whole family through the holiday season.
Highlighting the festival will be stunning custom light sculptures, a special exhibition of Maltese handmade Nativities, and an international Christmas market featuring unique gifts from around the world. You will enjoy warm drinks, sweet treats, holiday music performances, and special activities for the kids.
At Museum of the Bible, we’re celebrating Christmas — its many names, its many traditions, and its one meaning. Merry Christmas!
Silent Night at the Museum of the Bible
December 10-17, 2021
Don’t miss this virtual cinematic experience featuring for KING & COUNTRY, new scenes from The Chosen, appearances by Franni Rae Cash, and special shots of Museum of the Bible’s world-class exhibits. A Silent Night at the Museum will only be available on select days, so make sure you buy your tickets today and get ready to celebrate the Christmas story in a beautiful new way — all from the comfort of your living room. All ticket proceeds go to supporting Museum of the Bible.
Museum Nights to Feature The Chosen’s New Episode, “The Messengers”
Watch the special Christmas episode of The Chosen, “The Messengers,” in our World Stage Theater this Christmas season. The episode will tell the story of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of Mary and Joseph. Plus, enjoy an amazing lineup of musicians performing both new and classic Christmas songs from the set of The Chosen, including Phil Wickham, for KING & COUNTRY, Brandon Lake, Maverick City Music, Cain, Matt Maher, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Jordan Feliz, We the Kingdom, The Bonner Family, Leanna Crawford, Dawson Hollow, and One Voice Choir. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
Christmas in Malta: An Exhibition of Handmade Cribs
Closes February 6, 2022
Back by popular demand, be sure to tour our special exhibit featuring 10 highly detailed Nativity cribs made by artists from the islands of Malta and Gozo. Each crib displays a unique aspect of Maltese culture, showcasing how different parts of the island keep Christmas. Located on Floor B1.
November 15, 2021 – January 2, 2022, Floor B1
We’re bringing Christmas from around the world to you, so you won’t have to go anywhere else for your Christmas gifts! Shop international Nativity sets as well as other crafts, toys, and treats from around the globe.
Sing! An Irish Christmas
December 17 & 18, 2021
Join us for Keith and Kristyn Getty live on the World Stage Theater. The Gettys and friends will be performing Sing! An Irish Christmas, a concert previously aired to millions on TV, this year's performance features seven new songs in addition to your favorite traditional Christmas Carols. The Gettys are here for two nights only and won’t be performing anywhere else in the Washington, DC, area, so make sure to get your tickets now!
Get the VIP Experience
VIP tickets are available for the December 17 performance only. The VIP experience includes Gold Circle seating and an exclusive dinner with the Gettys. Choose "Gold Circle + VIP Dinner" tickets on the seat map by clicking the button for the December 17 performance below. Seats are limited for this incredible opportunity. Get yours now!
Serving the Soviets
Closes January 2, 2022
Ken Howard spent nearly four decades working to make the Bible more widely available in the USSR. During the Cold War, an outright ban on the Bible never existed, but many religions and religious practices were forced out of public life through discouraging rhetoric and practices propagated by the state. Despite this opposition, Ken, and many others, believed anyone who wanted a copy of the Bible should have one; so they set out to bring Bibles to them. This exhibit is about his story — a tale of an ordinary man who did extraordinary things to share the Bible with the world.
Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty.
Closes January 2, 2022
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.
The exhibition begins in the early twelfth century in England, exploring the medieval world, the context of the creation of the Magna Carta, and the personalities involved. The second part of the exhibition takes us to the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, where the notion of the Magna Carta took on new meaning in the struggle against British rule. The exhibition ends with an examination of the Magna Carta around the world in the modern age, from the UN Declaration of Human Rights to the impeachment of Bill Clinton and beyond.
On display inside the exhibition will be the revision of the Magna Carta issued in 1217. This rare artifact is one of only four of its kind still surviving and was the first to be called “Magna Carta.” The exhibition will also feature interactive displays and a new film starring award-winning actor Andy Serkis that outlines the history of Magna Carta and its impact on the world.
Museum of the Bible has partnered with London-based cultural and arts firm Hawkwood International to bring the original 1217 Magna Carta and 1215 King’s Writ from Hereford Cathedral to Washington.
Join Museum of the Bible and DIVE (Digital Interactive Virtual Experiences), in collaboration with the INHFA, as we explore Caesarea on January 20 and Qumran on January 27. Guides will take you on a virtual trip through these ancient cities using advanced images combined with an online interactive classroom to create a rich, immersive experience.
· January 20 — Caesarea with Donny Brody; 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST
· January 27 — Qumran with Adrian Weisberg; 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST
Armenian Celebration Day
January 15, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST, Museum of the Bible, included with museum admission.
Join Museum of the Bible for a special day celebrating Armenia, the first Christian nation in the world. Activities will include dance demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities, and local Armenian craft vendors. All activities are included with museum admission.
February 2, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Join us for a special gathering with friends from across the country at Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Explore Jesus-like generosity with your peers as you listen to testimonies and teachings from Mark Batterson, Tim Keller, and others. Engage in the transformative power of the Bible through VIP tours of the museum, then join us the next day for an optional livestream of the National Prayer Breakfast.
This event is free to attend, and there will be no appeal for funds. Lodging and transportation are not included.
Optional: National Prayer Breakfast Livestream
February 3, 2022
Registration required. Includes breakfast.
VIP Tours of the Museum
Available before and after the event
Registration required. Space is limited.
February 24, 2022
The event will feature a video montage of the legacy of the Black church in America, highlighting those whose legacy was foundational to America’s faith. In addition, there will be live music and preaching. In preparation, we are producing a “sizzle video” to share this vision and conducting nationwide outreach and meetings with denominational heads and pastors to build support for this vision throughout the country. You may pre-register for the event by clicking here.
Shroud of Turin Events
Celebrate the opening of Museum of the Bible’s newest exhibit, Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin. Join the museum for two days of programming. Come for a special preview program on February 23 or a half-day opening celebration on February 26. More information coming soon.
Exhibit Opening February 26, 2022
Few artifacts in the world have stirred the imagination, provoked controversy, raised hypotheses — and for some, fortified faith — as has the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud resides in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, as it has for over four centuries. It bears a faint, yellowed image of a naked, crucified man and is believed by millions of Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth.
Museum of the Bible is excited to present a groundbreaking, high-tech, innovative exhibition about the Shroud of Turin! Over the course of four exhibit sections, guests will learn about the Shroud, its history, and its impact on millions of people.
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