The Saint John's Bible

In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.

The Birth of Christ illumination on exhibition in The Saint John’s Bible Gallery. Hill Museum & Manuscript Library/Wayne Torborg, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
The Saint John’s Bible Gallery features 28 original folios from the Bible. See below for opening times and dates.

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The Saint John’s Bible Gallery is open to the general public. There is no admission fee and no appointment is necessary for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available by reservation only via e-mail at

Gallery Hours:
Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There are no weekend hours in the winter and spring.
From June 11 through December 10 the Bible Gallery will be open on Saturdays from noon until 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays.

The Bible Gallery will be closed on the following days in 2022:
Wednesday, November 23
Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving)
Friday, November 25
Saturday, November 26
December 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023 (Christmas and New Year Holidays)
The gallery will reopen again on January 3, 2023.