The Mother Teresa Museum was opened April 2nd, 2014 in honor of Mother Teresa’s friend, Pope John Paul II, on the ninth anniversary of his entrance into heaven.
Ave Maria University offers students, tourists, pilgrims and area residents the opportunity to learn more about “the saint of the gutters” in a 3,000 square foot space showcasing displays of her life and memorabilia. Over 30 panels that tell the story (in English and Spanish) of Mother Teresa’s life are featured. These panels are identical to those used by the Missionaries of Charity in their exhibit in Calcutta. Items for public viewing also include a first class relic, handwritten letters by Mother Teresa, a crucifix from her own rosary, stunningly beautiful photographs, original publications from her State funeral in India and Beatification ceremony at the Vatican, among other items.
Late spring of 2016, special exhibits were added to the museum. An authentic replica of Mother Teresa’s private room in Calcutta has been built, including details from letter boxes to pictures hanging at her bedside. There is also a feature on the courageous Missionaries of Sisters who gave their life as witness to Christ in Yemen.
Myra Daniels, nationally-renowned founder of the Naples Philharmonic Hall, and world-class architect Gene Aubry collaborated in the design of the Museum to create a space that is simple – and simply beautiful. The state-of-the- art technology of the museum provides visitors the opportunity to view actual footage of Mother Teresa and hear stories about her from some of her closest friends. Oral histories like these make Mother Teresa present to Museum guests in a very special way.
The museum is a set up for self-guided tours, but special tours are offered by our trained staff to eager school and community groups of 10 persons or more. All tour buses must call for a reservation to visit the one and only official Mother Teresa Museum. We look forward to your visit!