Discover the Billy Graham Library this Summer
July 9, 2023
Categories: Plan Your Visit
Have you been to the Billy Graham Library to see the updates to The Journey of Faith tour? If not, summer is the perfect time to spend some time discovering what’s new.
What to expect:
Exciting changes to the Billy Graham Library are now on display. Since 2007, more than 1.8 million people have visited the Library. Now, 16 years later, The Journey of Faith tour incorporates multimedia enhancements, updated exhibits, and new technology.
Billy Graham’s story will come alive to visitors — from his public life as a global preacher and counselor to world leaders, to his private life with his family.
Visitors will look in on the front porch of the Graham’s home in Montreat, North Carolina – a replica where Billy Graham sits and welcomes visitors to explore his story.
The 1949 Los Angeles Crusade’s Canvas Cathedral is represented with a journey into the beginning of Graham’s launch onto the national platform as “The World Discovers Billy Graham.”
From there, the tour stops in Little Piney Cove. A replica of the Graham’s living room is on display, including life-size fireplace and mantle flanked by sitting chairs. A new video screen appears to be looking out through the panes of the living room window – but transforms before your eyes to tell Ruth Bell Graham’s story.
One of the most dramatic changes in The Journey of Faith is in the “World Aflame” room. This 360-display brings visitors into the audience at a world evangelism conference. In the center of the room, an enormous, 6 ft. diameter, illuminated globe spins on its axis. The globe becomes a screen as Rev. Graham can be seen preaching to the audience. The video then moves to evangelists and missionaries who have worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association through the years including Rev. Billy Kim, Rev. Viktor Hamm, and missionary Aileen Coleman.
The new “Billy Graham’s Homegoing” gallery guides guests through Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral celebration: the motorcade from his mountain home to the Graham Family homeplace at the Library in Charlotte; the Lying in Honor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.; the revival tent where his funeral was held in celebration of his life; to the burial beside his beloved wife, Ruth.
Before departing, guests are presented with a visual representation of the Gospel one last time. A new mural from American artist, John Howard Sanden, titled “The Empty Tomb.” Sanden, who created cover art for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Decision magazine in the 1960’s, painted the original in his studio in Texas. The final printed rendition measure 15 by 31 ft. The mural is meant to convey the sense of hope that Christians around the world have – that Christ conquered death and rose from the dead, opening the tomb in which he was buried before rising into Heaven, and those who believe in Him can have eternal life (John 3:16).
When your tour is complete, stop by Ruth’s Attic bookstore to purchase books by the Graham family and other Christian authors, inspirational gifts, or perhaps a gift for a loved one. Not trip to the Billy Graham Library is complete without enjoying lunch or a snack at the Graham Brother’s Dairy Bar café where you can grab a sandwich, Billy Frank hotdog, a refreshing milkshake or ice cream cone, or a specialty coffee drink.