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Dead Sea Scrolls Programs

There's something for everyone in our upcoming special exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, opening November 16, 2012. Check out our special Dead Sea Scrolls programs for adults, schools and teachers and children and families!

Programs for Adults

Cincinnati Heritage Programs: Cincinnati Jewish Heritage Tour
This tour includes stops at Isaac M. Wise Plum Street Temple, Hebrew Union College and the Skirball Museum and is available only to groups booking a visit to Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times on the same date.
Dates: This tour is available only on Thursdays with a one-month advance request.
Time: Departs at 9 a.m. from Cincinnati Museum Center.
Cost: This tour is available for groups with their own motor coaches at $150, plus the cost of lunch. Donations at each location are left up to the discretion of the group ($30 each is customary). Dead Sea Scrolls group admission is $19 per person for a group of 15 or more with an advance reservation. The audio guide can be added for $2 per person with a group reservation.
Reservations: Call (513) 287-7068 to book this tour. 

Dead Sea Scrolls Speakers Bureau
Want to learn more about the Dead Sea Scrolls? Have one of Cincinnati’s academic lecturers come to your event and give you a glimpse into the ancient times around these priceless artifacts. Dates and times are by appointment only and are subject to availability. Call (513) 287-7000 ext. 7227 for details. Collaboration with Hebrew Union College, UC Department of Judaic Studies, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, College of Mount Saint Joseph and Sisters of Charity Cincinnati.

Dead Sea Bowls: Herbs and Spices in Ancient Times
Rosemary, mint and thyme, oh my! Join us as we explore herbs and spices common in today’s kitchens and how they were used long ago.
When: Dates and times vary; check back soon the schedule.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum Lobby
Cost: Free

Cincinnati Museum Center Book Club: Dead Sea Scrolls
If mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy inspire you to scroll page after page in search of the truth, find a comfy chair and a cup of coffee: The Cincinnati Museum Center Book Club will be delving into the secrets (real and imagined) behind the Dead Sea Scrolls! Join our email group or our monthly In-Museum Discussions! Click here for more information.

Programs for Schools and Teachers

Dead Sea Scrolls Overnight
Designed with your youth group in mind! Come spend the night at Cincinnati Museum Center and visit the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Cincinnati History Museum, and in the morning, visit the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit for a special group rate. Overnight also includes an evening snack, OMNIMAX® film and breakfast. Minimum of 45 participants.
Cost: $38 per person.
Reservations: Call (513) 287-7021 for reservations and click here for more information about our overnights.

LITE Lab: Dead Sea Scrolls
Students use a variety of techniques to learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls. From DNA analysis and bioinformatics, to radiometric dating, to traditional archaeology,  students will discover how we know what we know about the Dead Sea Scrolls. For grades 4 to 12.
When: Monday through Friday through April 30, 2013 beginning at 10 or 11 a.m.
Cost: $125 single program, $115 additional program(s) (same program, same day).
Reservations: Click here for more information about LITE Labs and click here to make a reservation or call (513) 287-7021.

Learning Labs: The Excavations of Qumran
Qumran sat as place long forgotten when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd in nearby caves in the late 1940s. Archaeological digs have uncovered many clues to help us understand more about the daily life in the city of Qumran although many questions still remain unanswered. Students will work in teams and participate in a mock excavation and examine replicas of artifacts that were found at the site. Each team will form a hypothesis about Qumran before presenting their findings to their fellow archaeologists. Appropriate for grades 4 to 8.
When: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., as reserved
Where: Cincinnati Museum Center classrooms
Cost: $125 for the first Learning Lab, $115 per additional learning lab (same lab, same day). To make a reservation, call (513) 287-7021.
Click here for more information about our Learning Labs.

Program-on-Wheels: Science of the Dead Sea Scrolls Then and Now!
Programs-on-Wheels brings the excitement of the Cincinnati Museum Center directly to you! Learn about the science of the past and present involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Explore the history and science behind Iron Gall Ink and ancient and modern manuscript materials. Recreate a message using a concordance, which is the same method scholars from Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College used in the past to recreate sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Use DNA to match sections of a document together, the same way researchers currently match together sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Designed for grades 2 to 5 and 6 to 7; available for older grades subject to presenter availability.
When and where: As reserved
Cost: $145 for single program (maximum 30 students). To make a reservation, call (513) 287-7021.
Click here for more information about our Programs-on-Wheels.

Programs for children and families

Bright Ideas: The Art of Crafting Ancient Hebrew Scrolls
Explore the basic elements of producing parchment from hide, making scribe's ink, and fashioning quills from goose feathers to create a one-of-a-kind scroll in this collaboration with the Chabad Jewish Center. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: January 13 and February 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children's Museum
Cost: $5 Member child, $7 non-Member child.
Click here for more information abour our Bright Ideas programs.

Budding Scientists Presents: Discovering Density
Did you know that you can float in the Dead Sea? Discover why as we experiment with density and why some objects float and some don’t. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: December 2, January 6 and March 2 at 1 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Chabad Hebrew School Oil Press Workshop
Families are invited to participate in the ancient Hebrew processes used to create Hebrew scrolls, refine olive oil for the Temple Menorah or make Matzah or a Shofar in this collaboration with the Chabad Jewish Center.
When: December 16 at 11:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

Coding the Past
Use the same methods as scholars from Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College to recreate a message using a concordance, the same way sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls were revealed.
When: November 18, December 2, December 16, December 30, January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24 and April 2 at 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science LITE Lab
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Dead Sea Scrolls Scavenger Hunt
Families can discover how science and archeology come into play regarding the fascinating special exhibit as you earn Nature’s Trading Post points.
When: November 1- 30 during museum hours
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Deciphering the Scrolls
In 1991, a computer program reconstructed the texts of the Scrolls from a privately published index. Come decipher a hidden message as you piece together the Scrolls’ history. Designed for children 6 and older.
When: November 13, December 6, January 10, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 18, March 3, March 11, March 19, April 19 and April 22, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Cincinnati History Museum or at the doors to the Newsreel Theater
Fee: Free with Museum admission

Explorer's University: Dead Sea Scrolls
Explore a variety of methods used to analyze the Dead Sea Scrolls, and discover what it’s like to study ancient texts. Designed for children ages 9 to 15.
When: November 17, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science LITE Lab
Cost: $5 for Members; $7 for non-Members. To reserve your spot, call (513) 287-7021.

Genetic Jigsaw
Use DNA to match sections of a document together, the same way researchers match together sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Designed for ages 10 and older.
Dates: December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2 and April 6 at 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science LITE Lab
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Healthy Kids Presents Fabulous Foods: Apples and Honey
Not only are apples and honey a delicious and healthy snack, but they also are used in celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Discover the health benefits and cultural significance of this tasty treat. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: November 16 and February 1 at 3 p.m. and November 18 and February 3 at 4 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Iron Gall Ink
Discover the historical importance of Iron Gall Ink throughout Western History, as well as how iron gall ink is manufactured.
When: November 21, December 5, December 19, January 2, January 16, February 13, February 27, March 13, March 27 and April 10 at 11 a.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Jerusalem Windows
Artist Marc Chagall created beautiful stained glass windows for a temple in Jerusalem. Discover the meaning behind his imagery and create a piece of art to hang in a window. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: November 20, February 23, March 5 and April 7 at 3 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Junior Girl Scout Detective Badge
Junior Girl Scouts will learn how archaeologists are like detectives that look for clues to figure out what happened in the past. Using the Dead Sea Scroll for inspiration, the girls will learn techniques used by archaeologists in order to solve mysteries of the past. Designed for Junior Girl Scouts ages 8 to 11.
When: Saturdays and Sundays as reserved
Where: Cincinnati Museum Center classrooms
Cost: $13 per scout, $6.50 per adult. To make a reservation, call (513) 287-7021.
Click here for more information about our scouts programs.

Limestone Rocks!
Help us figure out which rocks are made of limestone with a simple scientific test. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: December 29 and March 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Papyrus, Parchment and Paper
Come learn the history and science behind ancient and modern manuscript materials.
When: December 6, December 20, January 3, January 17, January 31, February 14, February 28, March 14, March 28 and April 11 at 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science
Cost: Free with Museum admission

PJ Library Goes to Israel
Join the PJ Library, brought to you by the Mayerson JCC, for stories, crafts and special surprises as you and your little one learn about the history and culture of Israel.
When: December 14, 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Duke Energy Children's Museum
Cost: Free with museum admission

President’s Day Day Camp: Diggin’ Up the Past
Ever wonder how we can know so much about what happened hundreds and thousands of years ago? The answer is archeology. By digging into the earth, we can find awesome artifacts and learn things we didn’t know before. Join Diggin’ Up the Past Day Camp and get your hands dirty! Designed for children ages 7 to 12.
When: February 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with before and after care available)
Where: Cincinnati Museum Center
Cost: $40 for Members; $45 for non-members. To make a reservation, call (513) 287-7021.
Click here for more information about our day camps.

Purim Rattles
Discover the cultural traditions and stories of the Jewish celebration of Purim. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: January 27, February 9 and March 30 at 2 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Radiometric Dating
Have the time of your half-life learning about radioisotopes and how we can use them to date archaeological artifacts. Designed for ages 10 and older.
When: November 27, December 11, January 8, January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19 and April 2 at 11 a.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Royal Game of Ur
Try your hand at this ancient Near Eastern game. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
When: November 10, January 5 and March 24 at 2 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Salt Crystal Gardening
Discover how salt formations occur in the Dead Sea and help us add crystals to our growing salt garden. Designed for children ages 5 to 10.
Dates: November 17, December 15, January 26 and March 10 at 1 p.m.
Where: Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Toy Menorah
Learn about the holiday Chanukah through this hands on activity, a collaboration with the Chabad Jewish Center. Visitors are invited to help build this menorah with toys that will be donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
When: December 16 at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Built in the Grand Rotunda; display in Duke Energy Children's Museum lobby
Cost: Free

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Use information from artifacts, the surrounding area and the inhabitants to form your own hypothesis about who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Designed for children ages 7 to 13.
When: November 16, November 30, December 14, December 28, January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22 and April 5 at 11 a.m.
Where: Museum of Natural History & Science
Cost: Free with Museum admission

 Buy Tickets

Click here to buy individual 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.

 

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.

 

Exhibit Presenting Sponsor

Exhibit Associate Sponsors

Diocese of Southern Ohio

Diocese of Southern Ohio

Special Exhibit Partner