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 only by reservation by contacting Tim Ternes at 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 8, 2024 through August 24, 2024, 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 2024:
January 1 – New Year Holiday
January 15 – Martin Luther King Day
March 29 – Good Friday
April 1 – Easter Monday
May 24 – Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 – Memorial Day
June 19 – Juneteenth Holiday
July 4, 5 and 6 – Independence Day Holiday and Weekend
August 30, 31 – Labor Day Weekend
September 2 Labor Day
October 12 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend
October 14 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
November 27, 28, 29, 30 – Thanksgiving Holiday
December 23 through 31 – Christmas and New Year Holiday
January 1, 2025 – New Year’s Day