Address: 9th district, Ráday u. 28
How to get there: Metro M3 to Kálvin tér, Bus 15
Open: 10am-6pm daily (closed on Mondays)
The museum, originally named "The World of the Bible", displays beautifully printed old Bibles, and provides insight into the background and the origin of the Book, including the history of Biblical people, events of the era, and how it was finally put together. The Museum was founded in 1988.
The permanent exhibition is divided into four main sections.
1 - Archaeology and the Bible
The first section illustrates stories told in the Bible. Egyptian materials are displayed, along with the Canaanite sanctuary found under the ruins of Hasor; Mesah, the column of the king of Moab; relics from the Assyrian Empire, items from the Babilonian Empire, each telling their own stories of their times. The exhibition leads the visitor on to the world of the Greek culture, the era of Alexander the Great, and the time of the Roman Empire, with the birth of Christ and the rapid spread of Christianity. Items on display also include material about the early Christian history of Pannonia.
2 - History of the Bible
This section starts with describing the importance of the discoveries made in Qumran. What we now call "the Book", was originally not a printed material, but words carved into tables of clay, and afterwards rolls of papyrus. Codexes and the first printed Bible came along much later. This process is followed along in the exhibition.
3 - History of the Hungarian Bible
Parts of the Book were found translated into Hungarian in the Vienna-, Munnich-, and Apor codexes. A new era downed with the reformation, and spreading the word was made easier with the invention of printing. The exhibition displays Bible translations from Benedek Komjáthy, Gábor Pesty Mizsér, János Sylvester, and Gáspár Heltai. As the first entire Bible translation was completed by the Calvinist pastor and dean of Gönc, Gáspár Károli, and was named the Vizsolyi Biblia (1590), this item is featured in the centre of the room. Bibles of Hungarian nobilities are also displayed, among is one, once belonging to the emperor I. György Rákóczi, with of his own handwriting.
4 - The Bible around the world
The last section exhibits a collection of Bible translations in a great variety of languages, from all around the world.