Paris, New York & LaGrange, Georgia. How do these modern cities have ties to ancient Israel? The Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and LaGrange’s Biblical History Center – an unusual grouping, for sure! These are three of only seven museums in the world that the Israeli government has entrusted with a long-term loan of its ancient artifacts. Thanks to donors, a multi-million dollar artifacts gallery was constructed to house these historic treasures such as a 4,700-year-old game board and a 4,000-year-old pottery wheel.
Since its founding in 2005, the center has been praised for its excellence in accurately portraying what life would have been like for everyday people living in ancient Israel. In addition to the artifacts gallery, visitors can walk through a full scale replica of a Middle Eastern village, including goat hair tents, an olive press, working aqueduct, Roman theatre and market street. School groups and home school students delight in field trips that include archeological dig pits and the chance to make shepherd’s bread on an open fire. Visitors can experience a Biblical meal by reservation, too.
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