Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media

Ten different Dead Sea Scrolls will come to Denver in early June to replace those currently on display in the “Dead Sea Scrolls” exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

The second set of authentic scroll fragments will be displayed until the exhibition closes on Sept. 3.

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Due to strict preservation requirements, the second set of 10 scrolls will replace the 10 initial scrolls. Conservators from the Israel Antiquities Authority will switch out the scrolls over the course of several nights while the Museum is closed. There will always be an assortment of 10 scrolls on display during the public hours for the exhibition. As with the first set of scrolls, the second rotation includes a scroll that has never before been on public display.

This is the second set of scrolls:

  • 4Q418 Instruction to the one who understands (Musar leMevin)
    • First time on public display.
  • 4Q58 Isaiah
  • 11Q10 Job Targum
  • 4Q84 Psalms
  • 8Hev XI Plate 63/1 gr Minor Prophets
  • 5/6Hev 46 Lease of Land (Papyrus Bar Kokhba 46)
  • 4Q1 Genesis-Exodus
  • 4Q252 Genesis Commentary
  • 4Q256 Community Rule
  • 4Q386 Pseudo-Ezekiel

The Dead Sea Scrolls represent one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. As the story goes, in 1947 young Bedouin goatherders happened upon a cave along the shore of the Dead Sea, near the site of the ancient site of Qumran, perhaps in search of a stray goat. Whatever the reason, they made a remarkable discovery. They found an assortment of clay jars, inside of which were scrolls wrapped in linen. Eventually, more than 900 remarkably preserved scrolls were recovered, leading to decades of extraordinary scrutiny, preservation, debate and awe, providing an incredible window to the past.

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Timed tickets are required. The exhibition often sells out, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Guests pay $25.95 adult, $21.95 senior (age 65+), $17.95 junior (ages 3–18). Students receive 10 percent off adult admission with their ID. All tickets include general Museum admission. Museum members receive discounted admission. Group pricing is available. For tickets and information, call 303-370-6000 or visit dmns.org/deadseascrolls.

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The “Dead Sea Scrolls” exhibition is organized by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The presenting sponsor is the Sturm Family Foundation, with major support from Henry and Lorie Gordon, and GHP Investment Advisors.

About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world. As such, a variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.