2019 -2019 Exhibits
27 November 2019 to 29 March 2020
It is a world premiere: neither in Germany, nor in Europe or elsewhere has the cultural history of the Dead Sea region been the topic of an exhibition so far.
The lowest place on earth's surface, mineral mud for the skin, reading the newspaper while floating in the water – these aspects signify the Dead Sea today, whose shores belong to Israel, Jordan and the West Bank.
But although life in this arid region is hardly manageable, it did attract people over thousands of years. They settled here because of its resources - salt, asphalt, minerals – and the possibility to cultivate date palms and balm. They built villages, castles and temples. Others came to hide in caves in times of trouble.
Their activities resulted in some of the most famous archaeological sites worldwide: Jericho, once called the oldest city of the world and Masada with the Herodian fortress and palaces. Or Qumran, where the scrolls were found. Equally spectacular are the cult objects or personal valuables found in the Cave of Treasure or the Cave of Letters.
The exhibition Life at the Dead Sea presents this unique cultural landscape along thematic paths: nature & subsistence, wellness, mobility, settlements, power & powerlessness as well as cult & religion. Furthermore, the history of research and the astonishingly well preserved textiles from the Dead Sea are presented.
2013 -2014 Exhibits
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times
November 22, 2013 to April 27, 2014
The Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City
Web Site: http://www.theleonardo.org/exhibits/discover/dead-sea-scrolls-life-and-faith-ancient-times/
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life 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
The Leonardo's exhibit will be accompanied by special programming. Please check http://www.theleonardo.org/programs/dead-sea-scrolls-public-programs/
for a roster of events.
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.
History of the exhibit: From May 19 to October 20, 2013, the exhibit was housed at the Boston Museum of Science, 1
Science Park, Boston ; from November 15, 2012 to mid-April 2013. it was at The Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301
Western Avenue , Cincinnati; from May 12 to October 14, 2012, it appeared at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th
Street, Philadelphia; before that (October 2011 to April, 2012) it was at Discovery Times Square in New York City.
Online publications relating to the exhibit:
Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit unites manuscripts with Cincinnati history
Tour of the exhibit in its first appearance at
Discovery Times Square (October 28, 2011 through April 15, 2012), led by Prof. Lawrence Schiffman
For a review on the
exhibit please click here
For another review by the archaeology news network site on the exhibit please click here
2013 -2014 Exhibits in Europe
Dead Sea Scrolls
July 9, 2013 to January 5, 2014
The Drents Museum, Assen, Holland
Web Site: http://www.drentsmuseum.nl/exhibitions/exhibition-detail/exhibition/dead-sea-scrolls-13.html
In March 2014, the European exhibit will move to the Schlossmuseum in Linz , Austria .