Mayborn Museum

National Geographic Sacred Journeys

About the exhibit

Each year more than 330 million people around the world journey to sacred places as part of their religious commitments. Some seek enlightenment or healing. Others perform acts of devotion that are expressions of deep faith. The new exhibit reflects this diversity of religious and spiritual pilgrimage through immersive environments created with photography from National Geographic. Families will be able to observe, discuss, and begin to understand some of the beliefs and sacred journeys made by people around the world.

Recreated places, spaces, and events will invite visitors to learn more about the history and beliefs that support spiritual practices that take place at home and within our congregations.

Featured sites include:
  • The Western Wall of the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dome of the Rock shrine, site of Muhammad’s ascent to heaven in Jerusalem, Israel
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Jesus’ crucifixion in Jerusalem, Israel The Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to which all Muslims are expected to make a pilgrimage or Hajj once in their lifetimes
  • Tepeyac Hill and the Roman Catholic Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Allahabad and Sangam at the confluence of three rivers sacred to Hindus at the Ganges River in India, site of some of the largest gatherings of humans on Earth
  • Bodh Gaya, birthplace of Buddhism, and the Bodhi Tree where Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment in Bihar, India
  • Caves in the bluffs along the Dead Sea in Qumran, Israel where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
Featured Artifacts
  • Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran, Israel
  • A large stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem
  • Jewish devotional objects taken into space by former astronaut David Wolf
  • The trunk Brigham Young carried from Illinois to Utah
  • A piece of the Kiswa (a gold-embroidered fabric, which drapes the Kaaba in Mecca
  • A throne built for the Dalai Lama’s U.S. visit in 2010
  • A replica of the Shroud of Turin

Exhibit Images

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Admission to National Geographic Sacred Journeys is $8 for adults, $6 for children aged 2-12 years old, and $7 for seniors 65+ years old. Baylor University students and Mayborn Museum members receive free admission.

National Geographic Sacred Journeys was produced by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, the exhibit is made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.