Pastor Terry Snelling holds a large Bible printed in the 1800s while standing inside The Bible Museum in downtown Houston.

For many years, Houston resident and pastor Terry Snelling had a vision of creating a museum for his collection of Bibles and items related to the Bible.

Snelling pursued vision and in 2017 opened The Bible Museum on the corner of Second Street and Walnut Street in downtown Houston.

“God had put it in my heart when I was a very young man that I wanted to do this,” Snelling said.

Everything on display inside the building is part of an elaborate collection Snelling has assembled over the years. His favorite thing to collect is miniature Bibles, and there are dozens to view in the museum, including complete versions so small it’s hard to believe every word is there.

Also featured are vintage musical instruments related to the Bible, large Bibles printed in the 1800s and even the Bible on 8-track tape.

“I found things on eBay, stuff clear over in Europe, and anywhere else I could,” Snelling said.

Snelling also owns Mr. Terry’s Hair Salon in Houston. What can a person expect when perusing the museum?

“Growth,” Snelling said. “That’s why the door is green, because God’s always growing and producing. The Bible says one plants, another waters and He brings the results. So you come in and look around and something gets planted in you and you grow from it.”


The Bible Museum (at Walnut Street and Second Avenue in Houston) is open 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.

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