Exhibit location:  The York House on Main Street in Pikeville, KY

Hours:  Public hours on Fridays and Saturdays through the end of August. 
Fridays:  1 to 5 p.m.
Saturdays:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch)

The exhibit is available by appointment and special bookings during the months of September and October. 

Can I get a guided tour?: 
Yes – guided tours are available by booking a private visit to the exhibit.  We offer these guided tours to groups, families and couples looking to get a more detailed visit to the exhibit.  A guided tour for a couple is $50 and for small groups of three or more it’s $20 per person.  We offer discounts for church and community groups. 
Guided tours are not available during the Friday & Saturday public hours (ending in August) unless confirmed in advance.  Guided tours can be reserved by contacting our exhibit director at exhibit@upike.edu or 606-422-5952. 

Is the museum exhibit handicap accessible? 
The museum display is housed in the historic York House in downtown.  The York House dates to the 1880’s and features a central stairwell from this Victorian period home.  Unfortunately, this means the upper levels are only accessible via stairwell. 
Visitors who cannot access the upper level are invited to tour the lower level free of charge.  Access to the historic home is made by access ramp at a rear entrance  and by notifying staff of your entry. 



What is on display: 
Khirbet el-Maqatir & A Walk through Biblical History is a temporary exhibit of 250 authentic artifacts from ancient Israel and Jordan. These artifacts help illuminate the world of the Bible and bring the scriptural accounts to life millennia after it was written. 
 
The exhibit tells the story of Khirbet el-Maqatir – a site in Israel about nine miles north of Jerusalem. Excavations at the site have led the archaeologists to conclude this is the location of the city of Ai mentioned in the book of Joshua that was destroyed by the invading children of Israel. It appears likely the site is also Ephraim as mentioned in the gospel of John (John 11:54). On display will be 50 artifacts from the Khirbet el-Maqatir, from the Late Bronze age (time of Joshua), the Second Temple Period (time of Jesus) and the Byzantine period.
 
Another 200 artifacts are on loan from the Horn Archaeological Museum and Dorsey Museum of Biblical archaeology. The artifact displays will highlight the various archaeological periods relative to the biblical account. A wide variety of topics from the Biblical and ancient world are featured in the differing exhibit sections.
 
In total, the exhibit will feature approximately 250 artifacts, including ancient pottery, weapons, coins, figurine idols, Babylonian cuneiform tablets and others. It is likely the first time a collection of this nature has been exhibited in Eastern Kentucky.  

PHOTOS: Jordan Gibson


 

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