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FAQ's regarding Virtual Tours
Are the tours live or will I be watching a video?
The tours are done live - not pre-recorded*. This allows our guests to have real-time interaction with the Tour Guide and to even ask questions at given moments on the tour. As they are live, you'll have a more enjoyable experience viewing the tour from a device which will allow you to interact (chat, voice and/or video camera).
*Tours are NOT broadcast live from the museum or location mentioned.
What is the best way to view / take the tour?
Zoom is the platform that is used for these virtual tours. This application is free and available on many different devices. However, the best possible experience will be had on a laptop, desktop computer, or a tablet with ample viewing room. You can watch from a TV, but that would prevent you from interacting as the tours are live.
How many can take the tour at once?
Our reservation system is designed to control the number of reservations that can be made. Up to 95 devices may be connected for a single tour. Up to 8 persons may view via your device, permitted local COVID-19 regulations allow it.
After I reserve a tour, what can I expect?
After you reserve your tour, you will get an email from the website as a confirmation (if you do not see this, please check your spam or junk folder). You will not receive anything thereafter until a day or so before the tour date.
When you get the email with your Zoom meeting link, you will need to click on the provided link to open the tour in Zoom. While it's true that it is possible to have more devices connected at a time, a single tour guide will only be able to give meaningful attention to 95.
When should I check-in for my tour?
It is suggested that you join the Zoom meeting 10 or more minutes before it is scheduled to start. This ensures that there are no connection problems, that your name is properly displayed, and that any other additional technical issues are resolved before the tour.
What items should I have on hand?
- Your Bible (optional)
- Note-taking materials (optional)
Recording the tour is prohibited.
What if I want a tour for my congregation / family / group?
If you want a private tour or a group tour using several devices please contact us! We'll be happy to set up a tour time just for you.
Moving standing reservations from one tour to another is NOT permitted. That is to say, from "The Wheat and the Weeds" to "Your Word Is Truth". If your circumstances require that you move your reservation to another date for the same tour, MBT will be happy to help.
Virtual tours purchased are non-refundable. You can, however, reschedule for the same tour if your circumstances require you to do so.
Theocratic History Tour: Out of DarknessMuseum or Location: Allegheny and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Estimated tour length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $10 USD Per device*
Virtual: Not broadcast live from the museum/location
Availability: Every Saturday
Languages offered: English
Tour Type: Virtual History Tours
See the former locations of the first headquarters offices of the Bible Students in Allegheny and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. See Carnegie Hall, in Allegheny, where in 1903 Charles Taze Russell engaged in public debates with Dr. E. L. Eaton. Using only the Bible, Brother Russell successfully defended the Bible’s teaching on the true condition of the dead as well as other Bible teachings. We will also visit two buildings that served as the meeting places for the Allegheny Congregation, the very first congregation in the United States. You will see all the above and much more. The tour will no doubt convince you that Jehovah God used Brother Russell and his associates (starting in the 1870s) to bring spiritual light to deserving mankind.
Beginning in the 1870s many of the activities of C. T. Russell and his associates took place in Pittsburgh and Allegheny City. Interestingly, Allegheny City (1788–1907) was a separate Pennsylvania city located on the north side of the of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers, across from downtown Pittsburgh. The city of Pittsburgh features 151 high-rise buildings, 446 bridges, and two inclined railways. The city is known colloquially as “The City of Bridges” and “The Steel City” for its many bridges and former steel manufacturing operations.* Does not include booking fees.