Historic Scrolls On Display In Denver

Ariana Bates-Erlich

A live performance, a timeline, glimpses at the past, part of the famed Western Wall, and the Dead Sea Scrolls are all things you will get to see when you venture to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science new exhibit: The Dead Sea Scrolls.

Even though this exhibit is focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls there are over 600 other objects that were brought from Israel. From the time you walk in the doors you feel excited, and walking out you feel a new sense of knowledge.

One day a shepherd was out by the Dead Sea when one of his sheep ran into a cave.

He then threw in a rock and heard something shatter; that’s how the scrolls were discovered after over 2,000 years of being hidden.The Dead Sea Scrolls were found between 1947 and 1956. In total there have been between 800-900 scrolls found.

Aramaic, Ancient Hebrew, Greek, Hebrew, and Paleo-Hebrew are all languages that can be found on the Scrolls.

Walking into the exhibit you are greeted by large screens, a few pots, and actors dressed as archaeologists who will tell you about how the caves were found, about Israel, and archaeology.

The exhibit also has a timeline with objects from many different time periods.

Throughout the exhibit, there are many different artifacts such as ancient coins, an ancient bathtub, pieces of iron, lots of pots, and textiles, plus the most exciting piece of the exhibit, the scrolls.

They are displayed in a big open room in a circular table. Each of the scrolls also has a full English translation.

Due to the fact that the scrolls sat in the dark for thousands of years, light can damage them, so during the time the exhibit is in Denver — for now until September 3 — there will be a rotation of 20 scrolls in all.

Another amazing piece of the exhibit is that they have a brick from the Western Wall.

The exhibit is fun, breathtaking, and eye-opening. However, for younger kids, this might become boring after a little bit. For older kids, though, this is a great experience that shows new perspectives on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.