There’s an incredible difference between reading a play and seeing it acted out–complete with props, sets, and costumes. The same holds true for the biblical text. The Metzger Collection is a museum that sets the biblical story within the broader context of human history, from prehistory to the modern period, bringing it to life through replicas of artwork and artifacts. Stand in front of Caesar Augustus and feel the weight of Roman military might. Marvel at the unlocked hieroglyphs of the Rosetta Stone. Discover why the lamps of the Ten Virgins in Jesus’ parable might have run out of oil (Hint: they’re not big!). Experience the flow of time and the rise and fall of empires throughout history.

The Metzger Collection was the work of a lifetime for Rev. Dr. Frederick Metzger. After touring Israel in 1967, Rev. Metzger began to collect museum-quality replicas of artwork and artifacts. Over the years, his collection grew to include over 1200 pieces. What unites the collection is Metzger’s passion for showing how the Bible intersects with culture and history.  

In 2012, Columbia Bible College became owners of the collection, fulfilling Rev. Metzger’s dream of having a permanent home for the items where they could be enjoyed by all. Columbia is grateful for this generous gift and prays that the collection will serve our broader community and help educate, inspire, and enlighten all who visit.