In 1965 the collection of the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery opened to the public on Thanksgiving Day with a display of some forty Old Master paintings. The majority of the collection had been organized and preserved by Dr. Bob Jones, Jr. The museum is a separate foundation that enjoys the tax-exempt status lost by Bob Jones University (BJU) in the 1970s. Its collections contain around four hundred representative works of Flemish, Dutch, German, French, Italian, and Spanish painting from the fourteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Among them are outstanding examples from the brushes of Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Botticelli, Preti, Reni, Le Brun, Gerard David, Cranach, Murillo, Ribera, Rubens, and Van Dyck.
BJU Museum and Gallery displays paintings, period furniture, and decorative arts and also houses a collection of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Roman, and Hebrew antiquities representing thirty-seven centuries of past cultures. In addition, it contains an unusual collection of Russian icons with representative works from the fourteenth through twentieth centuries, beginning with the Novgorod school and progressing through the reign of Nicholas II, the last Russian czar.
As a visual library and valuable resource, BJU Museum and Gallery presents a record of the culture, religion, and history of ages past. More than twenty thousand people visit the collection each year. Thousands of students, families, and adults participate in the gallery’s educational and cultural offerings, such as the annual Living Gallery presentation, music performances, focus exhibitions, guided tours, and more.