Religion and Culture in Orientalis
The three monotheistic religions and the culture of the Middle East are the points of focus in Museumpark Orientalis. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim Abraham to be their patriarch, giving them a shared foundation. With Abraham the spectacular history of these three religions begins; three religions that have shaped the world in unimaginable ways. In our museum we make this history come to life.
Our desert shows the way of life of the Bedouins: a nomadic existence with few possessions, such as canvas for their tents and some cattle for their sustenance. Abraham and many of his offspring lived in this way. Eventually they gave birth to what we now call Judaism. In the village Beth Juda, the Jewish religion, culture and history … Just outside this village, the birth of Jesus is depicted in a ‘birth cave’. Then, in the Roman city street in our Jerusalem the beginnings of Christianity are shown through a reconstruction of an early Christian house church, a Sanhedrin, (Jewish council of judges), and various examples of other Mediterranean cultures of the time: Greek, Roman and Egyptian. In the Arabic fishing village Omani, Islam takes center stage. With a mosque and a suq (marketplace), the public life in an Islamic village is portrayed. Finally, our main building is home to various fascinating expositions to make the authentic experience complete.
In other words, Museumpark Orientalis makes the culture and monotheistic religions of the Middle East come to life in a unique way. History, religious belief and different ways of life come together in an authentic environment that combines nature with architecture. For this reason it is the preeminent place to not only learn about culture and religion, but more importantly, to experience them. This is also why the museum is very suitable for children, who can learn in a playful way about topics they often find too dull to simply hear or read about.