MANSFIELD -- BibleWalk, one of the world’s leading Christian attractions and wax museums becomes the new home to the Museum of Woodcarving, the largest collection of wood carvings in the world created by one man.
It took Joseph Barta 30 years to carve his vision of Bible stories into 100 life-size figures. Barta spent over four and half years completing his life-sized carving of The Last Supper, spending two years on the face of Jesus.
Barta’s collection also features over 400 miniature carvings wildlife, pets, and livestock and was displayed in a museum in Spooner, Wisconsin for over 32 years. The owners moved the exhibit to Kissimmee, Florida in 1984, but it returned to Wisconsin in 1989 finding its home in Shell Lake until August 2020.
“We are very honored not only to continue sharing Joseph Barta’s amazing woodcarvings with the world, but also in preserving and sharing his legacy with future generations,” said BibleWalk’s Director, Julie Mott-Hardin.
The Museum of Woodcarving will become BibleWalk’s seventh tour joining: The Life of Christ, Miracles of the Old Testament, The Heart of the Reformation, The Museum of Christian Martyrs, Amazing Grace-The Journeys of Paul and their newest tour, The Kingdom of God, that opened in June 2020.
BibleWalk also houses eight one-of-a-kind exhibits: The Walk of Parables, American Votive Folk-Art, the Woodcarvings of John Burns, Emmanuel Word Pictures, Rare Bible Collection, Christian Art Gallery, Elfred Lee’s painting – The Invitation and Three Animated Scenes.
BibleWalk will be adding their ninth exhibit Summer of 2021 featuring Bibles from around the world. Also coming in the Spring of 2021 will be the re-opening of BibleWalk’s Dinner Theater, “Dinner With Grace.”