The best-selling, most-translated book of all time will soon have a permanent home in Washington, D.C. when Museum of the Bible opens in November 2017. Located just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the 430,000 sq. foot museum will provide guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.
Guests will be engaged from the start as they enter the museum through a pair of 40-foot-tall bronze doors designed to replicate the printing bed of first page of Genesis from the Gutenberg Bible. The illuminated artwork will provide the museum with one of the more iconic entrances in all of Washington, DC.
Once inside, guests will be greeted by an awe-inspiring 140-foot long, LED canvas spanning some 40 feet above the entry arcade. Once through the lobby, guests will explore the six floors comprising the museum.
The adventure and drama of the Bible will come to life on the narrative floor. Visitors will walk through the narratives of the Hebrew text from Genesis to Chronicles and then through first-century Nazareth, ending with a story of the New Testament.
Drawing from several of the world’s most prominent collections of biblical texts and artifacts in the world, the history floor will showcase archaeological discoveries through modern cinematic storytelling to bring the biography of the Bible to life. This floor will feature more than 500 world-class artifacts that document the Bible’s preservation, translation and transmission across centuries and cultures.
The third main exhibit space, the Impact floor, will explore the Bible’s impact over time on cultures, civilization, and daily life, including its profound influence on fine arts, science, government, music, film and more.
Additional features of the museum will include a children’s area, a virtual fly-through ride that will explore biblical references throughout Washington, DC, a fully-immersive digital performing arts theater, a restaurant featuring foods of the Bible and much more.
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