A traveling museum exhibit, “Passages,” is bringing an interactive exhibit of the history of the Bible to Santa Clarita.
“Passages” is presented by the Museum of the Bible, a museum that is expected to be built in Washington, D.C. and will open in the fall of 2017. Many of the artifacts in the “Passages” exhibit will be featured in the museum.
“Passages” is expected to open to the public Friday, April 3 and features about 400 artifacts that tell different aspects of the story of the Bible including its transmission, translation, impact and controversies.
“The idea here is to provide an interactive exhibit,” said David Trobisch, the director of the Green Collection, which is one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. “It’s family-friendly and it’s not (just) for the faith community. It’s open for absolutely everyone, any faith, any interests that they have. There’s a strong education interest there, too.”
Sets and theaters have been built to display the various artifacts in the exhibit. Some of the artifacts and exhibits include reproductions of the Dead Sea Scrolls and fragments of the originals; a demonstration of Gutenberg’s printing press; the Lunar Bible, which traveled to the surface of the moon on the Apollo 14 mission; and Torah scrolls that were desecrated during World War II.
“The content of the whole exhibit is to let the bible speak for itself,” Trobisch said.
The “Passages” exhibit also features many activities for children and families, he said. Children can make their own block prints, dress up like animals on Noah’s ark and see and hear from William Tyndale, Martin Luther, Jerome and John Knox.
The “Passages” exhibit will be open until Feb. 27, 2016, and is located at 26565 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.
“These items, they existed long before we were born and they will exist after no one remembers who we are,” Trobisch said. “So, the curator’s job during their lifetime is to not let the (artifacts) age as much as possible.”