The Museum of Biblical Art celebrated and interpreted art inspired by the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education, and scholarship.
MOBIA was an independent museum committed to engaging diverse audiences in the exploration of biblically inspired art from the historical to the contemporary. Located near Columbus Circle and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, MOBIA opened in May 2005 as the nation’s only scholarly museum specifically working at the intersection of art and the Bible. Incorporated as a not-for-profit educational institution, MOBIA argued from a secular perspective that the Bible is a culturally foundational text, which has greatly influenced artists historically and continues to inspire the creation of countless important works of art today.
The Museum was an inclusive cultural resource for visitors of all ages, creeds, educational levels, and backgrounds. Its exhibitions and programs offered the public a unique interpretation of art through the lens of the Bible, encouraging new perspectives in a visitor-friendly manner, while integrating aesthetics, history, and religious studies. The environment created fostered tolerance and promoted dialog about the role art plays in religious life.
MOBIA had no permanent collection but instead mounted three major exhibitions annually, often complemented by installations of rare bibles or contemporary multimedia. The Museum has organized over 45 temporary exhibitions and numerous educational programs, with the art on view ranging from the altarpieces of Bartolo di Fredi to the stained glass windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and from Albrecht Durer prints to works by contemporary book artists.
The Museum has received positive reviews and extensive coverage from more than 300 media outlets, including The New York Times, The Art Newspaper, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, CBS, NBC, WNET/Channel Thirteen, the History Channel, New York One, and WNYC.