Dead Sea Scrolls come to California

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the California Science Center. Credit: YouTube.

By Noam Matas/America Israel Tours/

The California Science Center is hosting a limited-time exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered to be the most significant archaeological find of the last century. Currently, the display includes 10 recently discovered scrolls with passages from the biblical books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, Psalms, and Job. 

Not only is this the only time these important artifacts have been in Los Angeles, it is also the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever displayed outside of Israel. The California Science Center has acquired this display of more than 600 ancient artifacts with the cooperation of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Along with the Old Testament biblical passages, the exhibition also features a three-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a preserved signature that has been preserved for millennia, and ancient Roman ossuaries. Visitors can also learn about the science and technology used to date these artifacts through multimedia exhibits. 

Another remarkable attraction currently at the California Science Center is “Jerusalem 3D.” National Geographic and IMAX have come together to create this remarkable film, which uses specially acquired aerial footage to give audiences the experience of soaring over the ancient city of Jerusalem. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the inspiring film explores sites such as the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), Masada, and more.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition is open now until Sept. 7, 2015.

Jerusalem 3D is now playing through January 2016. 

Noam Matas is general manager of America Israel Tours (

Posted on August 17, 2015 .