After years of planning, the Museum of the Bible will have its grand opening on Friday, November 17. I had the opportunity, along with other members of the press to get a preview of what visitors can expect. The museum is simple amazing and will be a treat not only for those who love the Bible, but for people of all walks of life who have a curiosity about the Bible’s origins and its impact on the world for centuries.
Steve Green serves as chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible and is the visionary leader in establishing one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical artifacts, known as the Green Collection.
The 430,000 square foot building includes 8 floors, including two basement levels and two new floors constructed on the existing rooftop. There are 3 central exhibit floors: History, Narrative and Impact of the Bible. Each floor offers a unique view of the bible. There are more than 500 biblical texts and artifacts on display on the History floor alone.
While I didn’t get a chance to try it this time, one of the most popular attractions might be the Washington Revelations simulator which creates the sensation of flying over the nation’s capital while looking for biblical inscriptions. I was also really impressed with the exhibits that touched on slavery, abolition and the civil rights movement. There was a statue of inventor and scientist George Washington Carver who made a huge impact with his development of so many products from peanuts.
Gospel music and spirituals were not overlooked and how early singers closely aligned their songs with scripture. A digital jukebox gives visitors an option to hear the songs as well as learn their origins and the corresponding scriptures. There is a re-creation of a New Testament-era village that has the sights and sounds of Jesus’ era. It’s easy to get swept up and spend lots of time in this walk back through time.
Here’s a fun fact: according to the museum the time it would take to read every placard, see every artifact and experience every activity in the museum is approximately 9 days at 8 hours per day. Needless to say, several trips will be needed to take it all in (and comfortable shoes). The Museum of the Bible is located at 400 4th St. SW, opens Nov. 17, 2017, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.