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Why a Permanent Shroud Exhibit in Washington, D.C.

The Shroud of Turin is the most studied artifact in history.

According to the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Shroud is the most studied artifact in history. However, the Shroud stymies scientists of every nationality and discipline with its lack of natural explanation about how and why the image of a crucified man was formed on the cloth. This mystery explains why Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Atheists have all found a compelling attraction to the Shroud of Turin.  The cloth clearly shows the specific marks of torment endured by a crucified man as recorded in the New Testament, and the bloodstains exactly match the referenced injuries.

The Objective of the National Shroud of Turin Exhibit

The National Shroud of Turin Exhibit is for believers and doubters alike. All are welcome to contemplate the Shroud as a mysterious intersection of faith, history, and science. 

For centuries millions of people around the globe have believed that the mysterious linen Shroud could be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. Furthermore, modern science and technology have revealed many secrets that were hidden in the Shroud since its formation. This physical proof for the modern age can be probed and examined by guests of the interactive National Shroud of Turin exhibit.

Visitors are encouraged to draw their own conclusions about the cloth with its enigmatic image. Everyone is invited to answer the question that Jesus asked of “Doubting Thomas,” as recorded in John 20:24-29:  “Who do you say that I am?” 

Pope John Paul II called the Shroud “a mirror of the Gospel.” Indeed, as people explore the Shroud’s numerous mysterious properties, they encounter the message at the heart of the Christian faith—the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus


The frontal image of the Shroud of Turin, as it appears on a photographic negative. The prominent vertical lines are burn marks left by a destuctive fire in 1532.

The front image on the Shroud of Turin as shown in black and white and digitally contrast-enhanced.

Face of the Shroud man, as seen by the naked eye, and with the photo-negative (positive) image discovered in 1898 when the Shroud was photographed for the first time.