The Antiochian Heritage Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the artistic, cultural and spiritual heritage of the Near East, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and its roots in and around Antioch (Syria). Displays of the permanent collection include hand-embroidered textiles, inlaid wood furniture, jewelry and metal work, and Eastern Orthodox iconography of Russian, Greek and Syrian origin. The museum also presents changing exhibitsso that returning visitors will always have something new to enjoy.
A special display of liturgical items from the burial casket of Saint Raphael of Brooklyn is on permanent exhibit in the museum. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1860, and raised in Damascus, Syria, St. Raphael received his seminary education on the Greek island of Halki. In 1895, he arrived in the U.S. to serve the Arabic-speaking Christian communities, and was a beloved early pioneer of Orthodox Christianity in the United States. In 1904, he became the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated on North American soil. Originally buried in Brooklyn, New York, St. Raphael’s remains were brought to the Holy Resurrection Cemetery on the grounds of the Antiochian Village Camp in 1989.
The museum will consider donations of materials which are in good condition and are directly relevant to the museum’s mission, as outlined in our Donation Policies and Procedures.
For further information about our collections and exhibits, please contact Julia Ritter at 724-238-3677 x425 or email us.