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Address: 10001 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD
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Unique museum off the beaten path

A stunning collection of predominantly bronze statuary of epic proportions depicting stories from the Hebrew scriptures. About a mile from Grosvenor Metro, 2-3 miles from Bethesda... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A stunning collection of predominantly bronze statuary of epic proportions depicting stories from the Hebrew scriptures. About a mile from Grosvenor Metro, 2-3 miles from Bethesda station.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Museum is in a weird location, but is actually quite good. Totally dedicated to the works of Ratner, who works with cold clay to give life to moments of the old testament. Artist is on premises most of the time and gives quite enlightened perspective on the work

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Dix Hills, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The sculptures are excellent and all have a biblical theme. The artist has been commissioned for numerous pieces and it was interesting seeing his sketches as well as plaster models before they were cast. There was also an excellent art exhibit there while we were visiting.

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baltimore
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This private museum is a gem of biblical dimensions. I had never heard of Philip Ratner the artist nor of this museum. Our friends who have lived in Bethesda for years found it almost by accident and wanted to show it to us. Glad they did! Mr. Ratner is an amazing sculptor mainly of Biblical themes (Old testament judaica) but... More 

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Maryland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A most "go to" museum. The artist is thought provoking and many times he is actually there. They offer classes and many opportunities to share.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Ratner is a special experience and changes often enough to keep coming back. Worth a visit if you have never been.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a wonderful museum in the Bethesda area. It features work of local artists, among other things. The art is wonderful and the museum is a gem. Sadly, it was damaged by rain and will be open in about 4 months. It is truly worth it to patronize this jewel.

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Pittsburgh
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The main museum suffered extensive water damage in January 2014 from burst water pipes. A few items were relocated to the carriage house where we saw them in March 2014 but that collection is insignificant compared to what must be housed in the main museum. Before you go, call them four hours and availability. You can also check their website... More 

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The artist that owns the museum is most known for the sculpture at the Statue of Liberty. Included in the museum, is some of his work (Jewish related) and a rotation of art from local artists. Small, but nice.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Small intimate gallery with free parking. Permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with an educational component.

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