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Tickets Now on Sale for The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World
Opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota on March 12

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century—The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the earliest known Biblical writings. These 2,000 year-old, authentic text fragments are steeped in scientific, religious, and cultural significance.  This special exhibition will be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota from March 12 to Oct. 24, 2010.

At the conclusion of The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, which showcases the oldest-known hand-scribed record of the Hebrew Bible, you'll see The Saint John's Bible, which represents history's newest handwritten illuminated Bible. A work of art that illuminates the world today, it's the first complete, handwritten and illuminated Bible to be commissioned in 500 years.

“We’re thrilled to include The Saint John’s Bible in our exhibition of The Dead Sea Scrolls,” comments Mike Day, senior vice president of museum enterprises at the Science Museum of Minnesota. “Not only is it stunning in its beauty and splendor, but it also provides incredible context for our visitors. Many of the same techniques used to transcribe the Dead Sea Scrolls more than 2,000 years ago are still being used today on The Saint John’s Bible. At the same time, though, The Saint John’s Bible is an extremely meaningful example of a biblical manuscript for today’s contemporary world.”

In addition to being one of only a few museums in the United States to host the scrolls and related artifacts from the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Science Museum also announced that it will be the first museum to display three sets of five scrolls each during the run of the exhibition, for a grand total of 15.The Science Museum of Minnesota’s one-of-a-kind exhibition invites visitors to learn about the science behind The Dead Sea Scrolls and to reflect upon their significance. The special exhibition includes lectures and group ticket opportunities.

Due to anticipated demand, advance reservations for this exhibition are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Science Museum of Minnesota.