Curator’s Choice

Map of Rome

This topographical view of Rome shows the city as it would have looked in the mid 17th century. Created during the Pontificate of Pope Alexander VII (1655-1667), it depicts a small city surrounded by fields and the Aurelian Walls.


Current Exhibitions

Explore the Bible like Never Before

Showing through Nov. 2, 2014
Find out why the Smithsonian magazine called The Saint John’s Bible, “One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time.” Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible showcases the Bible which Pope Benedict XVI once called “a great work of art.”
Virtual Tour