For the first time in Los Angeles—The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display.

Through multimedia exhibits, guests will explore the science and technology used to date these ancient manuscripts, decipher them, and preserve them for future generations. Additional highlights include a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000-586 BCE), ossuaries from the early Roman period, and an ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal.

Interactive exhibits invite guests to experience the science of the Scrolls in a new way. Practice writing in Hebrew and Greek, feel the difference between papyrus and parchment, explore how carbon dating helps scientists determine the age of the Scrolls, and reconstruct a ceramic pot by matching fragments like restorers do.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, in the narrow sense of Qumran Caves Scrolls, are a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves from the immediate vicinity of the ancient settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the West Bank. The caves are located about 2 kilometres inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name.

Pastor Terry Sweany, Senior Pastor of Playa Christian Church, will be leading a group viewing on Saturday, June 13. Pastor Sweany has directed tours of several sites in Israel including the Qumran Caves, the Dead Sea, the Kotel (Western Wall), and Petra in Jordan. The event will offer a discounted price of admission and free lecture.  For more information such as time, transportation, and meal options contact

Enhance the experience by viewing the National Geographics Jerusalem 3D.


Soar high above the ancient city of Jerusalem — a city of many religions and an important crossroads of civilization. After being granted special permission in the region’s strict no-fly zone, filmmakers were able to capture the first-ever large format aerial footage of the Old City and throughout the Holy Land.

Through breathtaking aerial footage, eye-opening personal stories and remarkable historical perspective, Jerusalem takes viewers inside the heart of the ancient city in ways never seen before. This inspiring film also features exclusive footage that will take you to the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.

Here is a trailer narrated by Oscar nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch.