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Wheaton, Illinois: Billy Graham Center Museum

Stand behind Billy's traveling pulpit and pretend to give a sermon to thousands, then take a memorable trip to Heaven in the "Cloud Room."

500 College Ave., Wheaton, IL
On the campus of Wheaton College. From Hwy 38/ Roosevelt Rd turn north at the stoplight onto President St. Drive about about three-quarters of a mile. Cross the train tracks, then turn left at the next intersection onto College Ave. Drive west about a quarter-mile, past the football stadium, and the Billy Graham Center will be on the left (south). It's a large brick building with huge white columns. Parking lot on the east side of the building.
M-Sa 9:30-5:30, Su 1-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free (but a donation is requested)
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Billy Graham Center Museum

This museum has exhibits illustrating the history of evangelism in America, and shows how Billy Graham began as a simple son of a farmer to became a pastor who could fill football stadiums and advise Presidents. You can even stand behind Billy Graham's traveling pulpit and pretend you're giving a sermon to thousands of people. There's also the Frederick Hart sculpture, "Cross of the Millennium," in which translucent Jesus floats inside a clear acrylic cross.

The very last exhibit is the "Cloud Room," which depicts an idea of what it's like in Heaven, with endless blue skies and puffy white clouds. On Earth, however, the endlessness has to be recreated using opposing mirrors that bounce the image of fluffy clouds back and forth.

[John Takao Collier, 03/20/2016]

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