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Area residents to view Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Science Museum of Minnesota

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The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Science Museum of Minnesota have collaborated to produce a unique display of the Dead Sea scrolls. The 2,000 year- old documents are some of the oldest surviving written documents in human history and contain original texts from the Bible, according to the museum's website.

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Since 1947, the scrolls have "given us a rare glimpse into what life was like around the time of Christ" the SMM reported. "Because the scrolls are priceless treasures, they rarely leave Israel and the IAA only supports a single exhibition at any one time."

"The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition is one of the most important that the Science Museum has ever hosted," said Michael Day, senior vice president of museum enterprises. "In bringing the scrolls to Minnesota, we are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all visitors, regardless of their religious faith, to witness something truly remarkable."

The New York Mills public library system offered free transportation and fifty-five admission tickets to the public. Registration was taken in the order in which applications were received and is now closed.

The event was made possible by Legacy funding, money dedicated to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage. "Without funding from Legacy this would not have been possible. It's exciting to offer a program like this - something we've never been able to do before," said Julie Adams, director of the New York Mills Public Library.

The exhibition was created by the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the National Treasures in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and humanities.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World have been on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota since March 12 and will continue until October 24.

For more information on the exhibit, please visit http://www.smm.org/scrolls.

For general information and reservations, the museum can be reached at 651-221-9444 or toll-free at 800-221-9444.

The Viking Library System and the New York Mills public library sponsored the trip.

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