This museum, founded in 1924, is certainly one of Southern California's forgotten gems. The collection here contains a ... More
This museum, founded in 1924, is certainly one of Southern California's forgotten gems. The collection here contains a wealth of Middle Eastern artifacts, some of which are more than 2,000 years old. Collected by explorer Antonio F. Futterer during his years abroad, some of the smaller items here include lamps, bottles and coins. The impressive mummy casket dates 600 years before the birth of Christ. Today, Holyland Exhibition can be visited only by appointment for a small fee, which covers a tour and refreshments. Disabled access is limited to the ground floor.
I enjoyed this museum more than any other in my life, although this is a small museum. The staff is respectful and I learned a ton. You learn a lot about the cultures and religions of the area. There is no glitz or fiction- this is authentic artifacts collected a hundred years ago. Some of them are incredible works of art and wealth. I invited all my friends and returned a few times with them.
The last time I was there was 2002, and at that time you had to call ahead to make an appointment to attend. However, they were not busy at all so this shouldn't dissuade you.
This little gem is tucked away near Dodger Stadium. You'd never know from the outside what's housed inside. From the sand and oil of the middle east to the mummy cases it was well worth the visit. The short lecture was very informative and their store offers some unique and interesting artfacts. Be sure to call ahead and get good directions.
We, a group of 17, spent a memorable Friday evening (8-10 PM) there. Betty and Karen, unpaid volunteers, were very kind and flexible. They were willing to accommodate us at such a late schedule. The driving direction given by internet map services do not work. You must follow the direction given by Betty (i.e., northbound along Alessandro Way) to get there. There is plenty of parking.
The museum is full of treasures in five showrooms. The Main Hall has a huge wall map showing the 37 events in the Bible (Gen., Ex., Num., Deut., Josh., 2Kings., 2Chron., Luke, Acts), as well as 4000 years of genealogical chart from Adam to Immanuel.
The Damascus Room on the 2nd floor is full of precious arts and artifacts, furniture from the Assyrian and Babylonian areas.
The Egypt and Bethlehem Room in the basement has a mummy, hundreds of artifacts, and authentic Middle Eastern costumes.
The Archaeological Workroom contains 300+ slides (exhibits from old Bibles), and many lamps, jars, coins from Mesopotamia, Palestine and Egypt.
The Souvenir Room displays more art on one side, and inexpensive items on the other side. The "laminated Genealogical Chart" and "Adam in Eden to Paul in Rome, 200 Bible Questions and Answers" each cost only $3.00 and are ideal souvenirs.
The only complaint I have is that the scheduled two hours is regrettably too short. You can easily spend 3-4 hours in this small museum, carefully looking at all the unique items that they have on display.
I wholeheartedly recommend a trip to the Holy Land Exhbition.
The Holy Land Museum has the best display of Biblical history in the Los Angeles area. The tour guides give information and answer all questions exhaustively. If you are a Christian or of Jewish heritage you would be doing yourself a disservice if you miss seeing this Museum. THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!
WE have visited this place several times with groups of elementary students. It is perfect. The students really get a feel for the lifestyle of the middle east. Ther eis very good interaction with the docents.
I recently had a death in the family and my alternative was to spend the day at a Museum instead of crying at home. This museum was so breath taking, the tour was so informative and was shocked at all the beautiful treasures that were stored in this home on a hill. It is definately no ordinary museum and a very good value- only $2.50 per person at the end of the tour and you even get refreshments.
Can't beat that. You must call first for a personal reservation. You will have a wonderful time.
Being from out of state, it was a real unknown to us - the location of the place, and where to park... but what a wonderful stop it was!
Regardless of your religion - you will want to stop here and try and speak with the woman who maintains the place. Open your ears and eyes - and listen with your heart! Let it extend your journey or begin it.
The story of the man that started this is fantastic - what he did is what every person needs to do at some point in their short life here!!!!
And don't be afraid to speak, ask questions, and then be sure to hit the Book afterwards, and keep on searching or being blessed!!!
Very interesting layout of this place. I wish we had allocated a bit more time just to "hang out"...
The Holyland Exhibit is unlike any other "major" tourist attraction in Los Angeles. In fact, it draws more people from around the world than I expected. Our guide told us that they routinely receive visits from all types of people of all religions and I can see why. The Holyland Exhibit presents the Word of God simply and succinctly, without any type of bias that I could tell.
There are artifacts from all over the middle east. It's just an amazing treasure trove! Our guide was a very quiet, mild woman who nonetheless kept our five boys (ages 6 to 13) spellbound. They didn't even fidget in their chairs. Remarkable! She answered their questions thoughtfully and encouraged them to remember their biblical history.
We enjoyed the snack featuring middle eastern foods and obtained a recipe for one thing which we tried at home. I HIGHLY recommend this exhibit for anyone studying ancient civilizations (as we were when we visited) or who has any interest at all in the people and events mentioned in the bible, particularly the Old Testament.
Recently I took my daughters to the Holyland Exhibition. It was a hot day and both girls were cranky. I walked through the door of the building and immediately felt that I wanted to move in. We spent about three hours there and it flew by. The heat was bareable. The children less cranky. The tour guide was so awesome. The information enriched my own faith. And as a parent, the stories of how Jesus led His flock instead of driving them from behind made me think about my own parenting. What am I teaching my children? That Jesus is a gentle leader? Anyway, the day was beautiful and I thank God for this exhibit. We will be back...often. There is much to see and I can't wait to be back.
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