The Museum of Biblical Art celebrates and interprets art inspired by the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education, and scholarship.
MOBIA opened in 2005 as an independent museum committed to engaging diverse audiences in the exploration of historical and contemporary biblical art.
The impact of the Bible is far-reaching. It has shaped western culture more than any other book and profoundly influenced the history of art. MOBIA's exhibitions and programs examine that impact, setting biblical art within the context of aesthetics, history and social life, and bridging the worlds of art, scholarship, and religion while fostering interfaith dialogue and tolerance. MOBIA's unique scholarly role is to examine art through the lens of the Bible and offer an understanding of that text through its artistic manifestations.
MOBIA has no permanent collection but instead mounts three major exhibitions annually, often complemented by installations of rare bibles or contemporary multimedia. The art on view varies widely, 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.