Prepare for Easter and Passover with Us

Plan Your Visit

Celebrate the joy of the season with an array of engaging activities at the museum and online. Check out everything below, and then get your tickets to the museum as we celebrate this holy season.

Exhibitions and Artifacts

Stations of the Cross with Jeff Cavins — Online

Experience this video presentation on the Stations of the Cross from the creator and founder of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series.

Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin

Museum of the Bible is excited to present a high-tech, innovative exhibition about the Shroud of Turin! Over the course of five exhibit sections and eight cutting-edge interactives, guests will learn about how the Shroud mirrors the Gospels, its history, and its impact on millions of people.

The Prague Haggadah

The Haggadah is one of the most popular texts in Jewish tradition as the book used for the celebration of Passover. The text of the Haggadah has remained virtually unchanged for the past thousand years, but the illustrations that accompany it show a rich and varied tradition that brings the Haggadah to life in a way unlike any other Jewish text. The museum currently has the Prague Haggadah from 1526 on display.

Easter Morning by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Easter Morning consists of three rondels (triple window) that depict Jesus in a white robe standing outside among flowers and trees, his head illuminated. The left panel depicts a woman looking toward Jesus, and the right panel depicts three crosses set atop a hill.

Performances Daily

At the Museum

Passover in First-Century Nazareth

Listen to a retelling of the story of Passover and then hear what it means to a first-century Jewish audience. 

April 15–23
World of Jesus of Nazareth, Floor 3 
Throughout the day

The Via Dolorosa

Listen to a witness of Jesus’s crucifixion.

April 1–16, Thursdays–Saturdays at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Floor 5 Atrium

Image credit: San Polo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know? Presentations

Purim: A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness in the Book of Esther

Discover the origins of Purim and how it is celebrated today with Rabbi Moshe Englander, the museum’s master scribe, and view a specially decorated Esther Scroll on the History Floor.

March 18, 2:30 p.m.
Demo Lab, Floor 4

Behind the Scenes: The Shroud of Turin Exhibit

Hear from Brian Hyland, associate curator of manuscripts, about how exhibit design influences the ways guests engage with an exhibit, then go see our newest exhibition, Mystery & Faith: The Shroud of Turin. 

March 11, 2:30 p.m.
Demo Lab, Floor 4.

Museum of the Bible Podcasts and Easter Documentary

Podcasts to help you prepare for this season are available on a wide range of topics. Find them on your favorite platform — Spotify, GooglePlay, iTunes, iHeart Radio — or click the links below.

Esther in America, Parts 1–2

Dr. Stu Halpern’s (Yeshiva University) book, Esther in America: The Scroll’s Interpretation in and Impact on the United States, and the role the beloved biblical book has played in American social and political history was examined during this talk.

Listen: Part 1, Part 2

How to Live a Happier Life: Lessons from the Haggadah, Parts 1–3

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.

Listen: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Illuminating the Passover Haggadah

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

Listen

Professor Andrew Casper on the Shroud of Turin as Divine Art

Listen to Professor Andrew Casper of Miami University, Ohio, as he speaks about our current exhibit: Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin. Professor Casper spoke about the Shroud in Italian art and how the Shroud itself was conceived as a divine work of art in the early modern period. 

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Andrew's Speaker Series

Lunch and Learn: Easter before the Bunny

While for many around the world Easter is the highest holy day, few know the history and development of the celebration. This talk, led by Museum of the Bible Director of Scholars Initiative Daniel Stevens, discusses the context and development of the Easter holiday.

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Shroud of Mystery: The World’s Most Analyzed Artifact

Discover why the Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most analyzed artifacts, is still a mystery. Listen to Shroud specialists 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.

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Museum of the Bible Documentary: The History of Easter

While the origin behind Easter Sunday is known to all — the resurrection of Jesus — the origins of the traditions that accompany the holiday are less familiar to many. When did Christians start celebrating Easter? How did they first celebrate it? When did the bunnies come into play? And why do bunnies hide eggs? Hosted by Matthew West, this joint presentation by Museum of the Bible and TBN will take you from the Easter traditions enjoyed today back to the event that started it all. 

Watch the video