Visit Saint John’s

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.

A new exhibition gallery for The Saint John’s Bible is currently under construction and is expected to open in early October 2017. This new space will display rotating exhibitions of original folios of the Bible in the context of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s rare books and manuscript collections. Unfortunately, during this time of construction, no original folios of the Bible are available for viewing on the Saint John’s University campus. For more information about The Saint John’s Bible please feel free to contact Tim Ternes at 320-363-3351 or

You may wish to make an appointment to view the Heritage Edition, a full-size fine art edition of the Bible by contacting Jim Triggs, Executive Director of the Heritage Program, at or at (320) 363-3209.

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.

The main entrance to the library is by stairs. If anyone in your party requires a non-stair accessible entrance, please contact Linda Orzechowski at (320) 363-3514 to make arrangements.

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