Subtlety is a hallmark of brilliant art, whether it's the hint of a smile on the Mona Lisa or the cow on a motorcycle in the background of American Gothic. Dive into the details with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for general admission for two (up to a $24 value)
- $24 for general admission for four (up to a $48 value)
- $36 for general admission for six (up to a $72 value)
General admission grants visitors access to the museum’s assorted galleries and exhibits. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Current exhibitions include Thomas Kinkade: Divine Light, which features 18 oil paintings that grant a sampling of Kinkade's cottage, lighthouse, garden, and chapel themes and challenges visitors to view the artist's wildly popular, often replicated work from a critical, scholarly perspective. It will also include works from the Impressions of Israel series, which he painted en plein air in Israel, along with his earlier allegorical pieces. The exhibition runs from September 1 through November 30.
Museum of Biblical Art
Though each work at the Museum of Biblical Art explores themes or depicts scenes from the Bible, the museum’s mission is to provide invaluable insight into centuries’ worth of art history as guests of all backgrounds and denominations learn about art’s portrayal of Western culture. More than 11 galleries and permanent exhibits, including Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines, fill the museum’s 30,000 square feet of space, beckoning visitors to interpret installations ranging from 14th century sculptures to Meditations in Wood by Jeffrey Brosk. In addition to Jewish ceremonial art and watercolors of archaeological holy sites, the MBA also festoons its walls with works by African-American and Hispanic artists that analyze the same biblical themes, albeit from a different cultural perspective.
One of the museum’s permanent fixtures is a life-size bronze casting of Michelangelo’s Pietà, which was authorized by the Vatican and created by a Florentine foundry that practices the same wax-casting technique formerly used by Renaissance artists. Additionally, lithographs by Marc Chagall depict his interpretations of themes in the Old Testament, and line the colonnade leading from the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden to the gallery of contemporary art by supercomputers that needed to express themselves.
What some people are buzzing about:
“Bronzes of famous sculptures and great Ryrie bible museum. Worth an hour or so of time!”
“read ahead of time about whey you will see. Get a group together and see if a docent is available for the tour.”
“Allow plenty of time so that you can really take advantage of the audio tour and learn the history of the pieces. That's what makes the history come alive!”