Exhibits at the Museum
The Museum offers a variety of religious exhibits, some on a rotating basis and others are permanent. Those featured below are permanent fixtures in the Museum. Please see the events page for more information about activities and fundraisers for the museum.
In October, the Museum welcomed child artist, Akiane Kramarik, for her second visit. Akiane, in 2005 was just 11-years old, had created masterpieces in both poetry and realist paintings. A featured guest on many popular television shows (including the Oprah Winphrey Show, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as many others), Akiane thanks God for her talent, noting that "I have been blessed by God. And, if I'm blessed, there is one reason and one reason only, and that is to help others." The Museum is fortunate to have 30 reproductions of Akiane's work on display, and many others are available for purchase. These range in size from 8 1/2 X 11" to 48 X 60". To learn more information about this amazing child prodigy, visit Akiane's website at www.artakiane.com. The image (left) was done when Akiane was 8 years-old. It is entitled The Prince of Peace. AKIANE to return - watch for details!!
King of Kings Display
This exhibit includes life size, "one of a kind" wax figures, built to portray nine Biblical scenes. Sculpted by Leone Chaney, this display found its first home at the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, FL in the late 1960's. Thirty years later, the exhibit was restored and moved to its present location. The realistic figures depict events including the Annunciation, the Nativity, Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and Ascension among others.
Project Moses: Ten Commandments
The display, given as a gift to us, is currently outside in our biblical garden, stands over five feet tall and approximately 800 pounds. The monument showcases the ten commandments on a tablet engraved on sand-colored marble straight from Mount Sinai. The Museum Gift Shop features smaller monuments from Project Moses for sale. Further, the Museum receives proceeds from this sale - allowing buyers to purchase a wonderful display while helping the Museum of Religious Arts continue working toward our mission! Additionally, when Project Moses completes the National Monument, the Museum will be featured as a contributor next to the 25 foot statue of Moses and the Ten Commandments. You can visit the Project Moses website at www.projectmoses.com.
The early southwestern-style mission chapel consists of pieces rescued from a variety of sources - including area churches, and even a local barn. A quiet place for reflection, this "exhibit" also offers patrons a place to host special occasions or ceremonies. Feel free to discuss these options with museum staff.
Crosses on the Hill
The Crosses on the Hill is our largest outdoor Display. The center cross is 33 feet high representing each year Christ walked on the earth. The largest cross is also made to light up at night, appearing to "float" on the Horizon. This display was donated by local residents. As of August of '08 a handicapped accessible sidewalk was completed to allow visitors to climb the hill, admire the crosses up close and enjoy the veiw of the valley.
The Holocaust Display is several charcoal drawings done by George Zielezinski, a prisoner of the Holocaust. The exhibit has recently been honorably relocated. Come reflect on the personal life of a Holocaust survivor.
Stained Glass Windows
Welcoming you at our entrance is over 100 year old handcrafted stained glass panes from Italy and obtained from Boys Town of Omaha, Nebraska. All panes, except one, have been sponsored by area donors.
Museum Gift Shop
More then just souvenirs.
Demdaco - Willow Tree Collection, priced at $7.20 to $110.00*.
The Little Cross Shop - handcrafted, personalized wooden crosses priced at $11.25 to $131.25*.
Uppercase Living - 12" x 12" ceramic tile plaques with catchy phrases, $25.00*.
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