Fact Sheet: Billy Graham Library

Overview

The Billy Graham Library honors and depicts the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. The purpose of the library is to serve as an extension of the evangelistic ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and continue the legacy of delivering the simple Gospel message around the world. The library allows visitors to walk through "One Man's Journey"—that of Billy Graham. The library is 40,000 square feet, and the entrance is designed to resemble a barn, harkening back to Graham's childhood on the family dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. It houses six exhibits, four galleries and two theaters covering the span of Graham’s lifetime work reaching some 215 million people on six continents. The library grounds include a prayer garden, which is where Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, are buried. 

Exhibits on the self-guided 90-minute tour utilize multimedia displays, including rare film footage and more than 350 photographs, to offer a look at Billy Graham's historic evangelistic events, his use of radio, TV and films to reach out to millions of people around the world, meetings with presidents and other world leaders, and a fascinating glimpse into his personal life. Visitors can also see an exhibit on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association—reflecting the global, ongoing work and expansion of the ministry. The innovative, family-friendly Billy Graham Library also includes a restaurant, an archive for Graham's personal papers and a tour of the Graham Family Homeplace where Graham lived during his youth. More than 1.1 million people have visited the library since it opened on June 5, 2007.

Location

  • 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201
  • Just 4 miles from the location of the farm where Billy Graham grew up        

Admission

  • Free to the public
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Closed Sunday 
  • 250 parking spaces       

Exhibits

  • Visitors to the Billy Graham Library will experience exhibits, multimedia displays and films in a recreated dairy farm environment reminiscent of the Graham Dairy Farm of the 1920s.
  • The library includes six exhibits, four galleries and two theaters, which visitors can explore during a self-guided 90-minute tour.
  • Exhibits include:
    • An exhibit featuring the broadcasting media Graham innovatively used throughout his decades of ministry
    • A room dedicated to Ruth Bell Graham, daughter of missionaries to China and Billy Graham's wife and ministry partner
    • A reproduction of a portion of the Berlin Wall is included in one library feature to highlight Graham's spiritual impact on formerly communist-controlled countries in Eastern Europe             

Features

  • The Billy Graham Library is 40,000 square feet.
  • The library is located on a 63-acre campus that includes the Graham Family Homeplace and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association international headquarters.
  • One of the most striking features of the library is the large glass cross over the entrance, measuring 24 feet wide and 40 feet high.
  • The Billy Graham Library includes a bookstore, Ruth's Attic, and a cafe, The Graham Bros. Dairy Bar. 
  • A 60-foot grain silo frames the right side of the Library entrance, adding to the barn-styled building front.
  • A prayer garden is located on the library grounds, which is where Billy and Ruth Graham are buried.
  • The Billy Graham Library is the repository for Billy Graham's personal papers, including his correspondence, ministry records and sermon manuscripts.

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