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 3, 2023 through December 9, 2023, the Bible Gallery will be open on Saturdays (except as noted below) from noon until 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays year round.

The Bible Gallery will be closed on the following days in 2023:
Monday, January 2- New Year Holiday.
Monday, January 16 -Martin Luther King Day
Friday, April 7 – Good Friday
Monday, April 10 – Easter Monday
Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day
Monday, June 19 – Juneteenth
July 3- Independence Day Extended Weekend
Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day
Saturday, September 2 – Labor Day Weekend
Monday, September 4 – Labor Day
Saturday, October 7 – Campus Long Weekend
Monday, October 9 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Wednesday, November 22 through Saturday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 22, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024 – Christmas and New Year Holidays
The gallery will reopen again on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.