Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Take a Faith Journey

 January is a good month to plan your vacation for 2017. It would be wonderful to travel to Germany during the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation to visit all the significant sites connected to Martin Luther.  If that is not an option for you, plan your summer get-a-way to one or more of the faith-based museums much closer to home.  I researched each of the following museums and narrowed it down to my top four that I can’t wait to visit starting in 2017.

The Billy Graham Library
Ruth's Bookstore
Located in Charlotte, NC, this library invites you to “Come Experience a Journey of Faith.”  As you tour the 40,000 square foot facility, you will discover the life and legacy of America’s favorite pastor, Billy Graham.  The facility is located on 20 acres close to his childhood home. Displays, interactive kiosks, a bookstore, and a prayer garden are features you won’t want to miss. And it’s all free, including parking. Reservations are required.

ARK Encounter
A full scale Ark, built according to the specifications, given to Noah in Genesis 6-9 is on display in Northern Kentucky. “Think Bigger” is the theme of this destination park that is located between Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky.  Pairs of life-like sculpted animals of each kind, which were probably alive at the time of the Great Flood, are found in the Ark. Dozens of educational interactive displays lead the visitor to a greater understanding of this important Biblical event. Tickets for one or two days can be purchased on line.

Creation Museum
Dinosaur Display
The Creation Museum is located in Petersburg, Kentucky about 40 miles from ARK Encounter. The museum website describes what is offered. “This 70,000-square-foot facility allows families to experience earth history as God has revealed it in the Bible. Nearly 150 exhibits feature fearsome animatronic dinosaurs, talking heroes of the faith, and professional displays that honor God´s Word. The museum also boasts a fun-filled, 200-seat special effects theater, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a petting zoo, nature trails, and lots more.”  Combo tickets are available for                                                          both ARK Encounter and the Creation Museum.

Museum of the Bible
This museum invites all people to engage with the Bible when it opens in Washington, DC in November 2017.  According to Wikipedia, the 430,000 sq. ft. facility “documents the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible. The museum is non-sectarian, non-political, and it will not proselytize.”  The hope is that people will learn about the Bible and decide for themselves what they believe. Steve Green, Hobby Lobby President, is donating over 40,000 items from Old and New Testament times, including fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Stay tuned for more information about the grand opening.

Be inspired, be amazed, and be challenged. Let me know in the comment section at the end of this blog if you plan to take a Journey of Faith.

Museum of the Bible


  1. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the information about these places which may encourage yur readers to check them out. My home state of Kentucky houses two museums on yourlist so I intend to check them out very soon.

  2. How very special each of these would be. We have the video of the Ark Encounter... and do hope we can go through it. You are smart to look ahead, Frieda! Love and miss you, Carleen

  3. Great ideas. We have been to the Billy Graham Library. I would highly recommend it.