Musée "Bible et Terre Sainte"

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This stone mask from the pre-ceramic Neolithic period dates to 7000 BCE and is probably the oldest surviving mask in the world (Musée Bible et Terre Sainte).

The Musée Bible et Terre Sainte (Bible and Holy Land Museum), also known as the Musée Biblique (Biblical Museum), is a small museum operated by the Institut Catholique de Paris, and located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France, at 21 rue d'Assas. It is open Saturday afternoons; admission is free.


The museum was established in 1969 by Canon Leconte and Father J. Starcky, and is maintained by the "Bible et Terre Sainte" association. In 1994 it moved to its current premises. Today it contains over 500 cultural objects, arranged in chronological order, representing everyday life in Palestine from 5000 BCE to 600 CE. It is located within the courtyard to the left of the oratory, on the ground floor.

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  • Musée "Bible et Terre Sainte"
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  • ParisInfo description (French)
  • description (French)
  • Starcky, J (1984). "Le musée Bible et Terre Sainte in L'archéologie et la Bible. Cent ans de recherches" [The Bible Museum and the Holy Land in Archeology and the Bible. Hundred years of research]. Le Monde de la Bible (in French). 36: 52–4. INIST:12146451.
  • Museums of Paris description

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