Tickets on Sale Today for Internationally Renowned Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at Science Museum of Minnesota

September 17, 2009

Science Museum exhibition opens March 12 and will be the first to display three sets of five scrolls

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Science Museum of Minnesota announced that tickets for the upcoming The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition go on sale today. The Dead Sea Scrolls will open at the Science Museum on Friday, March 12, 2010, offering visitors an exclusive chance to explore the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century — one that has great historic and personal meaning to people all over the world.

In addition to being one of only a few museums in the United States to host the scrolls and related artifacts from the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Science Museum also announced that it will be the first museum to display three sets of five scrolls each during the run of the exhibition, for a grand total of 15.

The scrolls, some of which are more than 2,000 years old, include fragments of the earliest known texts of the Bible. After their initial discovery by a shepherd in caves along the shores of Israel’s Dead Sea near the ancient settlement of Qumran, archaeologists have excavated and pieced together thousands of scroll fragments into more than 900 separate documents — from biblical manuscripts and commentary to religious legal writings. These ancient Hebrew writing fragments are now archived and conserved by the Israel Antiquities Authority and, on rare occasion, are put on public display at world-class museums.

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition is one of the most important exhibitions the Science Museum has ever hosted,” says Mike Day, senior vice president of museum enterprises at the Science Museum of Minnesota. “In bringing the scrolls to Minnesota, we are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all visitors, regardless of their religious faith, to witness something truly remarkable. As the oldest known hand-scribed Bible by 1,000 years, the Dead Sea Scrolls represent a great archaeological story, as well as a story with deep religious, historic, and cultural significance. We’re honored to share it with Science Museum visitors.”

The Science Museum’s staging of The Dead Sea Scrolls continues a multi-year trend of major exhibitions, including Gunther von Hagens BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies in 2006; A Day in Pompeii in 2007; STAR WARS: Where Science Meets Imagination in 2008; and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition in 2009. The fact that the Science Museum has successfully hosted exhibits of this stature and international esteem is a testament to its sound reputation among museums and science centers around the world. As priceless archaeological treasures, the Dead Sea Scrolls rarely leave Israel. The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of a handful of museums in the United States to be entrusted with them. They’ll make their way to St. Paul after similar exhibitions in Toronto and Rome.

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition was created by the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the National Treasures in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Visitor Information

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition opens Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for kids and seniors. (Ticket price includes museum admission, The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, and a Dead Sea Scrolls audio tour, which features adult and family versions.)

School and group tickets are also on sale now. As with past exhibits, admission to The Dead Sea Scrolls will be timed and dated; visitors will be asked to choose a specific date for their visit when they purchase their tickets, as well as a time to enter The Dead Sea Scrolls.

Visitors who are interested in receiving news and information about The Dead Sea Scrolls in advance of the March 12 opening may visit www.smm.org to sign up for email updates.

The Science Museum of Minnesota serves more than one million visitors each year with its hands-on exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. It is located at 120 West Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul. For specific directions, parking information, hours, show times and ticket information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Images from The Dead Sea Scrolls are available for media use. Please visit www.mediasmm.org for more information. For access to b-roll, contact Sarah Imholte (651-221-9412, simholte@smm.org).

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