Billie Silvey
Bible Museums
Living Displays
Static Displays
Bible museums feature exhibits that allow the visitor to walk through
Bible history, collections of art and artifacts, static displays, and
reconstructions aimed at educating, inspiring and demonstrating the
breadth of biblical studies.

Outstanding examples include the Bible museum in
Tel-Aviv, Dunham
Bible Museum at Houston Baptist University and Bijbels Museum (Bible
Museum) in Amsterdam.
Scholarly examination
Living displays involve people in
the costume of the place and time,
performing tasks in a historically
accurate manner, like the Roman
soldier (right) assembling his armor
while his helmet rests close at hand.

This type of exhibit enables visitors
not only to get a clearer picture of
what things looked like in the past,
but to question the trained docent
who performs the tasks.
Static displays are good for maps,
timelines and other summaries of facts.  
They are often used in conjunction with
historical artifacts.
Collections in Bible museums
may include Bibles, pottery and
other archeological finds,
sermons of historical value, as
well as photographs and
drawings and other historical
objects.  When I was in London,
for example, I saw a pulpit used
by John Wesley.
Paintings, sculpture,
banners,  and other artistic
representations of Bible
scenes and religious
figures--like this statue of
Moses and the Ten
found in some Bible
Bible museums include books and
manuscripts of historical value for
examination by scholars, like these in
Munster, Germany.
Reconstructions of things that aren't
there anymore (Solomon's temple,
left), as well as things that are (temple
mount, above), are on exhibit in some
Bible museums.
September, 2009
Night at the Museum