A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits for Clevelanders willing to venture to Cincinnati to see the Cincinnati Museum Center’s special “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” exhibit running through April 14. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Cincinnati.
Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered in a hidden cave along the shores of the Dead Sea in Israel in 1947 by a shepherd, the 972 remarkably preserved Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the most significant archaeological finding of the last century. These ancient handwritten texts include the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible. The scrolls had not been seen for more than 2000 years.
“Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” Visitors to this magnificent exhibit will be able to see 20 fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls are on display in a Communal Scroll Table, 25 feet in diameter, which protects the historic artifacts. Each scroll has its own compartment with a full English translation of the writings on that scroll, a high resolution image of the scroll and an explanation of the historical and religious significance of each scroll.
The exhibit also features more than 600 objects from Israel’s Biblical to Byzantine Period that have never been publicly exhibited before. Many of the items were discovered in recent archaeological excavations in Jerusalem. Some of the artifacts in the exhibit include stone carvings, weapons of war, mosaics, religious articles, textiles, jewelry and ceramics.
Another unique feature of this compelling exhibit is a scale recreation of a section of the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem that includes an authentic 3-ton stone from the actual Wall in Israel. Visitors are encouraged to touch the wall and can write prayers down on a piece of paper and insert them into the Wall. Periodically the prayers will be sent back to Israel to be placed in the actual Western Wall.
Visitors to the exhibit will receive timed tickets. Entry times are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+) and $15 for children (3-12). Admission to the rest of the museum is additional.
For more information on the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit or about the Cincinnati Museum Center or to purchase tickets call 513-287-7001 or get online at www.cincymuseum.org.
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is located at 1301 Western Ave. in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland.