In accordance with the ordinance given by Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Museum of the Bible will be closed until January 29. We are eager to invite you back in the spring. Plan your trips to see these special exhibits and more!
Opening February 18, 2021
An interactive and spiritual art experience, Stations of the Cross, commemorates the last 14 events of Jesus’s life as described in the Gospels. In this distinctive visual interpretation by renowned bronze sculptor Gib Singleton, the figures themselves incorporate abstract elements in their composition.
Magna Carta: Tyranny. Justice. Liberty.
July 2, 2021 – January 2, 2022
The story of the Magna Carta is the story of overcoming tyrants. In this special exhibition, the role of the Bible and the English Church in the struggle against tyranny 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 or Psalm 2:10–11, and its influence can be seen throughout the history of the Magna Carta, even today.
Easter and Passover Highlights
As you prepare for the Easter and Passover season, make sure to stop by the museum and explore these special highlights in the museum.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, Easter Morning
Floor 2 Atrium
This magnificent stained glass window by the famous designer Louis Comfort Tiffany of Jesus standing outside the tomb on Easter morning features several innovations in stained glass work. Using a variety of new techniques and multiple layers of glass in places, Tiffany manipulates light to create a stunning image of the risen Jesus.
Replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà
Floor 5 Atrium
Take time to reflect on Michelangelo’s beautiful but haunting sculpture of Mary holding Jesus’s body after he was taken down from the cross. This exact replica of the Pietà allows guests to examine the sculpture in detail, and from all sides; something not possible to do at the Vatican.
Will be displayed on Floor 2 — Bible in America
The Prague Haggadah of 1526 is the earliest fully illustrated printed Haggadah (the central text of the Seder ritual meal that takes place at the beginning of Passover), and its woodcuts had an enormous influence on the history of Haggadah illustration. This copy is also important to the history of Jews in America, as it was owned by the Lewith family of Charleston, South Carolina, for a large part of the 19th century.
Esther in America — A Virtual Program
Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. EST
Bold, faithful, and determined, Esther and her amazing story of heroism continue to be an inspiration to those facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In fact, the book of Esther’s lasting impact can be found in many defining moments in American history. Join Dr. Stu Halpern (Yeshiva University), Dr. Erica Brown (The George Washington University’s Mayberg Center for Jewish Education), Dr. Liel Leibovitz (Tablet magazine), and Dr. Tevi Troy (presidential historian and former White House aide) as they discuss Halpern’s new book, Esther in America: The Scroll’s Interpretation in and Impact on the United States and examine the role this beloved biblical book has played in American social and political history.
The Bible in the Qur'an
Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Join Museum of the Bible for an academic discussion about the Bible's presence in the Qur'an with religious scholar Dr. Gabriel Reynolds. The evening will include a panel of respondents and an audience Q&A. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear our panel discuss a topic never before explored at the museum!
The Bible in the Qur'an | Museum of the Bible
Can’t make it to the museum? We still have lots of great ways you can engage with us online! Listen to scholars and special speakers on the Podcast, or grab the family and enjoy one of our TBN TV Specials. You can also explore past exhibitions and learn directly from our curators and staff with Lonesome Curator. However you want to engage, we’ve got something for you here.
Museum of the Bible Podcast
Hear past guest speakers and scholars discuss a variety of topics relating to the history and impact of the Bible on our podcast.
With no guests in the museum during the months-long health crisis shutdown, our curators were . . . well . . . lonesome. Watch Lonesome Curator to find out how they spent their time in quarantine.
TBN TV Specials
Watch “Night of the Nativity,” a TBN Christmas event filmed at Museum of the Bible and hosted by Max Lucado, and “The Truth I'm Standing On,” a special TBN event filmed at Museum of the Bible and hosted by Matthew West with performances by Newsboys, for KING & COUNTRY, Danny Gokey, Cece Winans, and Matt Maher.