Discover the Holyland Bible Knowledge Society, est.1924. Tap into your inner-Indiana Jones and test your Bible know-how while learning about founder/evangelist/explorer, Mr. Antonia F. Futterer’s 2-year expedition in search of the “Lost Ark of the Covenant.”
At the appointed hour, a serene guide in an embroidered Bedouin robe will greet you at this unassuming museum’s iron gate and take you on a two-hour tour through the Bible world, with stops in Damascus, the Valley of the Pharaohs, Jordan, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
You’ll enter spotless yet musty rooms filled with treasures amassed by Futterer -- intricate Syrian mother-of-pearl inlaid wood furniture, Yemenite filigree silverwork, and even a 2,000+ year-old sarcophagus, left over from the Egyptian Pavilion at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
End your tour with complimentary “Holyland refreshments,” redolent of Bedouin hospitality, followed by a demo of “Futterer’s Eye-O-Graphic Bible System,” a visual Bible-learning tool. You may not agree with everything said but you will certainly appreciate the earnestness of the teachings.
Bring some shekels (they don’t take credit cards) for the Exhibition’s Jerusalem Bazaar, the grooviest souk this side of Mount Nebo.
The caretakers and guides eschew publicizing the Exhibition preferring that visitors be drawn to it if they are meant to be there. Please be respectful when visiting this secret gem.
$2.50 per person, by appointment only. 323.664.3162. No photography allowed.