The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) interprets art through the lens of biblical religions to bring to the public an understanding of religion through its artistic manifestations. Exhibitions and programs present biblical art within the context of history and social life, integrating art and cultural history, religious studies and theology.
MOBIA organizes temporary exhibitions revealing the diversity of art inspired by the Bible through the centuries, including various media (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, mixed media and new media), styles, artistic movements and schools. MOBIA uses an integrated approach to set Biblical art and the religious traditions that fostered it within the context of history and social life.
MOBIA features temporary exhibitions that offer diverse viewpoints and examples of ways that artists have been influenced by the Bible throughout time and place. School programs are designed to illuminate the symbolism, narrative, history and context explored in the current exhibition while meeting New York City and New York State Learning Standards in the Arts, English Language Arts and/or Social Studies.
Free tours of the current exhibition are available to school and home school groups, grades K-12. Tours last one hour and include an interactive component, if desired. Tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance and are offered Tues–Fri, 10 am-4 pm. Groups must be accompanied by at least two adult chaperones.
Thematic focus depends on the age group and current exhibition. The education department will also work one-on-one with teachers to develop experiences that meet the needs of the classroom.
Art-making workshops are available to complement a tour for a nominal fee per student. Additional time is needed for this experience, generally one hour depending on the workshop. Art projects depend on the age group and thematic focus of current exhibition. Call the education department for more information.
Although MOBIA offers free guided tours, adults are welcome to lead a group around MOBIA on their own. The museum asks that groups schedule a time so that it can ensure there are no conflicts with museum events.
MOBIA does not have a cafeteria or refrigeration capabilities. However, school groups may pre-arrange to bring bag lunches or snacks to enjoy in MOBIA’s Education Center.