Archaeology section

The new wing of the Terra Sancta Museum gathers the archaeological collections of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum 

In the first wing of the archaeological section (opened in June 2018), through a six-room exhibition, the visitors can discover objects related to the political institutions of the Herodian age, the daily life at the time of the New Testament, up to the first Monastic experiences. A fascinating journey in ancient structures rescued and restored for this occasion: a byzantine cistern, Crusader rooms, a wonderful courtyard surrounded by Mameluke structures.


A time travel to discover Jesus’ earthly life.

The exhibition is an “archaeological journey” through the Holy Places that will make understand the contest and the historical age of the objects exposed.

In the future second wing, the visitors will retrace the most relevant events of the life of Jesus: his birth in Bethlehem, his hidden life in Capernaum (at the house of Peter), and in Galilee (Tabgha and Cana where the first miracles took place), up to his Passion, death, and Resurrection in Jerusalem (at the Gethsemane and the Holy Sepulcher).




The exceptional archaeological collections of the Franciscan Friars.

The exhibition shows some extraordinary items from the archaeological digs led by the Franciscan Friars in the Holy Land for the past 150 years: frescoes, ceramics, fragments of sculptures, byzantine mosaics, coins, pottery, architectural elements, Crusader capitols, funeral objects of the Bronze Age, sarcophagi, alabasters, jewelry (scrabbles, seals, and cameos), lamps, ossuaries with inscriptions, etc. All the items date from the Canaanite Age (II millennium BC) up to the Middle Ages and the Crusades (XI-XII A.D.).

The archaeological wing also gathers extraordinary specialized collections from Egypt and Mesopotamia.


The exhibition includes extraordinary specialist collections from Egypt and Mesopotamia.


View a selection of works of the archaeological collections.


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