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Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times

NEW: The Ten Commandments

Witness the oldest, best-preserved parchment scroll of The Ten Commandments, containing text from Deuteronomy 5 - perhaps the most remarkable of all the Dead Sea Scrolls - in Cincinnati for 17 days only: March 29 through April 14. Read more 


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In 1947, a shepherd stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea. Concealed inside were ancient scrolls that had not been seen for 2,000 years. After extensive excavation, a total of 972 remarkably preserved scrolls were found, including the earliest Biblical texts ever discovered.

Now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, they have been called the most significant archaeological find of the last century. Starting November 16, you can witness these ancient handwritten texts of the words that shaped the future of the Western world at our new blockbuster exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times features the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, including one of the largest collections of the priceless 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. The exhibition was created by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) from the collections of the Israel National Treasures and produced by Discovery Times Square and The Franklin Institute.

Considered among the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Scrolls contain the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible. Of the more than 500 objects from the Biblical to Byzantine Period in Israel, many objects are from recent archaeological excavations in Jerusalem and have never been publicly exhibited. Objects include remains of religious articles, weapons of war, stone carvings, textiles and beautiful mosaics along with everyday household items such as jewelry and ceramics.

Presenting sponsor

Associate sponsors

  Diocese of Southern Ohio  

Special Exhibit Partner

 

 Buy Tickets

You must have a ticket to enter the exhibit. We strongly recommend buying tickets in advance. Click here to buy tickets online or call (513) 287-7001.

  • Museum Center Member adults: $15
  • Member children (ages 3-12): $10 
  • Non-Member adults: $23
  • Non-Member children: $15
  • Seniors (ages 60+): $20

Bringing a group of 15 or more? Call (513) 287-7021 or toll free at (800) 733-2077 for available entry times and to book your group tickets. Click here for more information.

 

Entry times - final week

The exhibit will not be extended by adding additional hours or days, as the scrolls will have reached their maximum illumination allotment for the exhibition.

Monday, April 8 9 a.m.–5 p.m.*
Tuesday, April 9 9 a.m.–5 p.m.*
Wednesday, April 10 9 a.m.–7 p.m.*
Thursday, April 11 9 a.m.–7 p.m.*
Friday, April 12 9 a.m.–9 p.m.*
Saturday, April 13 9 a.m.–10 p.m.*
Sunday, April 14 9 a.m.–9 p.m.*

*Note: The last time listed above for each day is the last time to enter the exhibit, after which you can view the exhibit at your own pace.
 

Lectures and Programs

Learn more about the Dead Sea Scrolls with our programs for children, adults and teachers and our free Insights Lectures.

 

Podcasts

Click here to listen to faculty and graduate students of the University of Cincinnati discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls through a series of podcasts.

 

Press information

Click here for our media kit.