Julie Hardin

BibleWalk director Julie Mott-Hardin points out a display that's featured in the tour, "Amazing Grace - The Journeys of Paul." 

MANSFIELD — After being closed for a time due to the governor’s orders regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, BibleWalk has reopened its doors to visitors once again.

The museum is one of the world’s leading Christian attractions and Ohio’s only life-size wax museum. With this reopening BibleWalk unveils its newest tour, “The Kingdom of God.”

The Kingdom of God becomes BibleWalk’s sixth tour joining: The Life of Christ, Miracles of the Old Testament, The Heart of the Reformation, The Museum of Christian Martyrs and Amazing Grace - The Journeys of Paul.

This new self-guided tour will be at a cost of $5.50 for adults, $5.25 for seniors and $4.25 for students. Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the museum is pleased to extend a 10% discount on admission prices in addition to free tours for children 10 and under.

BibleWalk also houses eight one-of-a-kind exhibits: The Walk of Parables, American Votive Folk-Art, Wood-Carvings, Emmanuel Word Pictures, Rare Bible Collection, Christian Art Gallery, Elfred Lee’s painting - The Invitation and three Animated Scenes.

BibleWalk will be adding their ninth exhibit in winter of 2020 with over 200 Bibles in all different languages from around the world.

According to Julie Mott-Hardin, BibleWalk’s director, the inspiration for the museum began in 2015, during construction of “The Walk of Parables.”

"Our Pastor, Richard Diamond would come over to BibleWalk to monitor the progress," Mott-Hardin said. "He soon began to study the oil paintings of the Parables and gained a new insight into God’s Kingdom. He began to share these insights and teachings with his congregation.

"As he witnessed the excitement of his congregation grow from service to service, he knew this message needed to be spread to a world-wide audience.”

BibleWalk first opened its doors August 15, 1987. At that time BibleWalk, also known as "The Living Bible Museum," consisted of museum quality fiberglass figures consisting of 19 scenes. Today, BibleWalk has grown into 100 scenes and over 325 wax figures.

“The primary message of God’s Word is about a King and His Kingdom," Mott-Hardin said. "God once placed man in the Garden of Eden, because of the blood of Jesus the Garden of Eden has now been placed within man – ‘For behold the Kingdom of God is within you.’

"Beginning with Julius Caesar and ending with Jesus returning to earth on a white horse, this 30 minute tour takes a very close look into this miraculous Kingdom and one’s transformation into this Kingdom.”

Visit the museum's website at biblewalk.us for further information. 

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