Biola University opened its first pop up museum on Feb. 17 — “The Museum of Precious Moments.” Dedicated to various elements of Christian culture and nostalgia, the museum will be housed at the Earl and Virginia Green Art Gallery. The museum, the first of its kind themed around Christian culture, will feature many interactive elements and instagram-worthy photo opportunities, such as an immersive flannel graph area and last supper scene with popular Christian characters.
Art students at Biola collaborated to create the new pop up, which will run from Feb. 17 to March 17. The museum explores familiar aspects of Christian culture, such as Bible cartoons, flannel storyboards, and religious themed candy.
“This unique pop-up experience presents a series of immersive spaces that embrace the quirky and peculiar treasures of our personal histories — drawing on this deep well of inspiration to offer striking new encounters within the familiar — evoking a sense of nostalgia and re-kindling our shared memories. We hope visitors will reconnect with their own memories as they journey through the exhibit,” said Jeffrey Rau, University Curator.
Pop up museums are a recent trend in the world of art, culture, and social media. Typically incorporating interactive elements, pop up museums are a semi-formal, temporary art event that showcase a culturally relevant topic or theme. The Museum of Precious Moments takes a playful look at the wide variety of collectible, consumable, cultural momentos that often accompany the experiences of those growing up in the church. As visitors journey through these precious moments in childlike reverie, the art students hope visitors will be reconnected with their own memories and share their own story with others.
A preview event for the media and VIP guests will be held Feb. 15 from 3-5 p.m. To reserve a press pass for the preview event or to visit the museum while it’s open, contact Kiana Karn at [email protected]
Hours of operation are Monday to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and select Saturdays upon reservation. The museum follows a “pay what you want” model with a recommended admission cost of $5.
The Department of Art at Biola is a vibrant visual arts community that offers a professional visual arts program with a rigorous curriculum that reflects a strong liberal arts emphasis and a solid Christian worldview. The Department of Art will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year.
(SOURCE: Biola University via Christian Newswire)