St. Petersburg, FL (April 6, 2006) As people of the Christian faith around the world draw battle lines for the upcoming release of the motion picture “The Da Vinci Code,” the Florida International Museum is hosting the most comprehensive exhibition on the Bible in the world with recent additions to specifically address the historical foundations in the novel from an academic perspective. “We invite patrons to come and see the exhibit, then see the movie,” says Craig Salazar, Ink & Blood Chief Operating Officer.  “People need to decide for themselves what is true and what is fiction.  We believe that Ink & Blood will help people ‘break the code’ and learn the historical facts.”

“The Da Vinci Code” on its first page contends that accounts of historical documents in the book are true.  Referenced documents include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic Gospels (sometimes called the “Lost Gospels”) and the New Testament.  The exhibit, which includes authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments—considered the greatest archeological discovery of the last century by most scholars—and a fragment of the Gospel of St. John—one of less than 50 fragments of the New Testament in existence before the 4th century—are on display at the exhibition and discussed in detail in terms of their history, significance, and now as they relate to “The Da Vinci Code.” With nearly one-hundred artifacts in total which examine the formation of the Bible over thousands of years, people are encouraged to do as the movie trailers are suggesting, “Seek the Truth.”  “These new additions to the Ink & Blood exhibit include eight additional panels and seven new stops on the exhibit’s audio tour with accurate, scholarly information that specifically assist patrons to ‘break the code’ of the wildly popular, best-selling work of fiction, The Da Vinci Code,” added Salazar. 

The exhibition now also addresses the novel’s story that fourth century Roman emperor, Constantine I, made the mortal Jesus divine and selected the books of the Bible.  Other topics explored are the Priory of Sion, Da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper”, and the accuracy of Biblical texts maintained over thousands of years.  “There are many misconceptions about the history of the Bible.  ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is creating an awareness of some of these misconceptions as well as adding others,” said Dr. William H. Noah, founder and chief curator of Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible.  “The exhibition already provides a comprehensive history of the Bible, but we wanted to expand the exhibit to give visitors the opportunity to review the historical facts, view the priceless artifacts, and decide for themselves.”

As an added incentive, the Florida International Museum is discounting tickets to the lowest price available for all visitors through April 30, 2006.   Adult tickets with audio tour have been discounted $7 each to just $14.   Senior tickets with audio tour are also discounted to $14.

The Florida International Museum and Ink & Blood are not affiliated with Dan Brown or Doubleday.  The Da Vinci Code is copyright 2003 Dan Brown.

Ink & Blood is an unprecedented exhibit that includes 100 Hebrew, Greek and Latin manuscripts and related artifacts.  Those pieces together tell a unique story; ­the complete history of the Bible, with an emphasis on the Bible in English version. The exhibition also contains material relevant to students of English literature, Spanish and Hebrew as well as American and European history, art and archaeology. Some of the other authentic artifacts include a 15th Century Wycliffe New Testament—the first translation of the Bible into English, first editions of the King James Bible, and 500-year-old pages from Gutenberg’s Bible, the most famous and valuable book ever printed.

FIM hours for this special exhibition: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 12 noon – 6 pm; last admission at 5 p.m. (Closed Easter). The final week of the exhibit, May 8th through May 14th, the hours will be extended until 8:00 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday until 6:00 pm.  Tickets and more information about the Ink & Blood exhibit can be found by calling toll-free 1-877-332-4253 or by going online to  To learn more about the Florida International Museum visit

The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, 

by the Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs and Institute of Museum & Library Services.  Other major sponsors include Starbucks, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, Borders, Clear Channel Outdoors and Carlton Fields and 

Raymond James & Associates. 


Related facts and quotes about Spirituality in America:

83% of Americans identify themselves as Christian.

ABCNEWS/Beliefnet Poll, 7/18/01

53% of a national sample of adults who have read The DaVinci Code  from cover to cover stated that the book had been helpful in their “personal spiritual growth and understanding.” …

So it is in the midst of this environment of confusion that this blockbuster movie will offer attractive heretical propositions. Entering theaters essentially as biblical illiterates, millions of adults are vulnerable to the seductive religious arguments it will propose.

Exerpts from “Christians and the Da Vinci Code” by George Barna, The Barna Group

23% of poll respondents in an ongoing poll at, a multi-faith e-community website, believe that Jesus was married to Mary Magdelene.  28% believe Jesus was married but not necessarily to Mary Magelene.

Poll results:

Full story:

45% of adults read the Bible during a typical week, not including when they are at church.

The State of the Church: 2005, The Barna Group

Many religion statistics about the US and other countries can be found at: