A replicated tomb of Christ, George Washington’s christening robe and never before released papal robes will stand on display at new Christian exhibits in 2018. Faith-based groups should keep these religious exhibits and two new museums devoted to the Bible in mind when deciding upcoming travel plans for the coming year.
- Tomb of Christ: The Church of Holy Sepulcher Experience
Open through August 2018 at the National Geographic Museum in D.C.
Those that can’t make it to Jerusalem can explore the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at our nation’s capital at the National Geographic Museum. The immersive 3-D experience lets groups virtually visit the church and learn about its intriguing history and recent restoration.
- Religion in Early America
Open through June 3 at the National Museum of American History in D.C.
George Washington’s christening robe, religious texts owned by Thomas Jefferson and other religious artifacts from the founders of America lie in a religious exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Exhibits explain how founders’ religious practices helped shape early American life.
- On Earth as It is in Heaven
Open throughout 2018 at the Vatican Museums in Rome
In honor of the 230-year anniversary of Christianity coming to the Korean peninsula, an exhibit highlighting the faith of its martyrs and promoting a message of peace has opened in Rome. The exhibit chronologically examines the history of Catholicism in Korea with religious books and art.
- Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Open from May 10 through October 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City
Papal robes never before seen outside of the Sistine Chapel’s sacristy will travel to New York for an exhibit on fashion and Catholicism. The exhibit will feature around 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Vatican along with other papal accessories from more than 15 papacies.
- Museum of the Bible
Museum of the Bible opened in December in D.C. The museum holds more than 3,000 artifacts, including fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a first edition of the King James Bibles and a page from the Gutenberg Bible.
- Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
The $60 million Faith and Liberty Discovery Center is set top open in Philadelphia’s Independence Mall in the fall of 2018. The 40,000-square-foot museum will feature immersive exhibits relating how the Bible impacted the men and women who shaped America, such as the founding fathers, abolitionists and suffragists.