The Leonardo is hosting the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times through April 27, 2014. According to Lisa Davis, media and PR coordinator for The Leonardo, this is the largest exhibit of artifacts related to the Dead Sea Scrolls ever.
With the strong academic and religious ties that Utah has to the Dead Sea Scrolls, bringing the exhibit to Salt Lake City involved making sure that each of those communities had a voice.
“It is incredible to see how the community came together to better understand each other,” says Davis.
Salt Lake City is one of ten cities in the United States that will host the multi-media, interactive display, which includes a live narrated program and a timeline that drags the viewer back to the time when the scrolls were written.
There are clay jars, video presentations, and an audio guide, available for an additional $5, that allows the visitor to delve further into the world where the scrolls were found.
The most miraculous part of the exhibit is the scrolls themselves. The scraps are so tiny; yet, they convey the oldest known words to have spawned three major religions.
To enhance the enjoyment of the exhibit, The Leonardo is also providing unique opportunities for museum members and the public that add to the color and tone of the exhibit including a trip to the Holy Land between May 14 – 22, 2014.