Visit Saint John’s

The Saint John’s Bible Gallery will be closed on March 30th in observance of Good Friday.

In 1856, Benedictine monks originally from Bavaria traveled to Minnesota and built an abbey dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. They brought with them a vision of the future and the role of education that inspired them to found Saint John's University. They also brought a tradition steeped in 1500 years of monastic history.

Those two visions, forward-thinking yet with an appreciation for tradition, would lead Saint John's Abbey and its University to be a creative center for education, art, architecture, liturgy and the written word.

Today you can visit Saint John's Abbey and University and tour our spaces. Join the monks for the Liturgy of the Hours in the Abbey Church designed by Marcel Breuer. Explore miles of nature trails in our Arboretum, or walk along the shore of Lake Sagatagan. A new guest house completed in 2007 provides quiet and Benedictine hospitality. Group tours of the campus and The Saint John's Bible are available. For more information on Bible programs, click here.

The Saint John's Bible Gallery located on the lower level of Alcuin Library on the Saint John’s University Campus. The gallery features 28 original folios showcasing works from all seven volumes of the Bible. Rare books and manuscripts from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library collections complement the exhibition of the folios. Tools, materials and sketches used in the creation of The Saint John's Bible give a glimpse into the processes used to create this monumental work of faith and art. The gallery is open from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are no weekend hours from mid-December through July 31. There is no admission charge, and no reservations are needed for a self-guided tour. Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available by making a reservation in advance by contacting Tim Ternes at 320-363-3351 or

Driving Directions

As you come from Minneapolis on I-94 West, you will take exit 156 onto the Saint John's University Campus. The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library is located in the Bush Center found at the corner of the second left as you enter the campus (Number 32 on the map). When you arrive, parking is available in Science Lot 1 (also at the second left) or near the Abbey Church.

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