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Meersburg Bible Gallery - a thrilling journey through the world of the Bible

Meersburg Bible Gallery, located close to Lake Constance, aims to rid bible stories of their outdated image and present them in a way that children and adults can enjoy and relate to in the 21st century.
The Bible is the most frequently printed and most widely read book in world literature, and has been translated into more languages than any other. At Meersburg Bible Gallery you can see recreations of papyrus texts from ancient Egypt, Jacob's Well, a Bedouin tent with a corn mill from the Sinai desert, and a video installation about the burning bush, all illustrating the setting of the Old Testament. The world of the New Testament is brought to life with herbs and essences used in biblical times, ancient coins and everyday objects.
A copy of the Isaiah scroll, discovered in the Qumran caves on the shores of the Dead Sea, and papyrus manuscripts from early Christian times shed light on the origins of the Bible. Fig trees, vines, olive trees and date palms are examples of the biblical fauna within the grounds, with fruits, herbs and aromas pervading both the courtyard garden and the main exhibition. The exhibition's herb cupboard features around 40 more specimens, including lentils, manna, frankincense and myrrh.
Covering an area of around 400 square metres in a former Dominican abbey, the Bible Gallery is an interactive exhibition that is eminently suitable for children. Using examples and illustrations, it shows how the Holy Scriptures came into being, how they have been passed down through the generations to the present day and their influence in art and religion. The exhibition also includes information packs showing how parchment, inks, dyes and glues were produced. A nomad's tent made from woven goats' hair and decorated with everyday objects recreates the Old Testament times of Abraham and Sarah. Visitors can grind corn in a stone mill and stop by at the herb garden in the abbey courtyard, which is permanently open to the public. The museum also hosts special exhibitions which augment the regular programme. Closed Mondays, guided tours on request.



A81, A96, A98, B30, B31, train station