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. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear a mask. 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:
Friday, April 15 (Good Friday)
Monday, April 18 (Easter Monday)
Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)
Monday, September 5 (Labor Day)
Saturday, October 8 (CSBSJU Long Weekend)
Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26 (Thanksgiving)
December 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023 (Christmas and New Year Holidays)