Museum of the Bible to use technology to bring the Bible to life

The museum will be two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol.

November 08, 2016 |

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The 430,000-sf Museum of the Bible is currently under construction in Washington, D.C., and when completed, will provide visitors with an immersive experience teaching the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.

The eight-story building will feature 40-foot-tall bronze doors at the main entrance and a garden on the building’s roof. Between the front doors and the garden, the museum will be packed with cutting-edge technology that helps to span time, space, and cultures in teaching the history of the bible.

The first floor will include a gift shop, children’s area, 12,500-sf of temporary exhibition space, permanent library space, and storage space. The second floor will feature research labs and libraries and The Impact of the Bible exhibition. The third floor features The Narratives of the Bible and Nazareth Village exhibitions. On the fourth floor you will find an exhibition named The History of the Bible. Permanent exhibition space, a 500-seat theater, 100-seat lecture hall, classrooms, and offices will be located on the fifth floor. Finally, the sixth floor will feature a gathering room and the Biblical Gardens Restaurant.

The Impact Floor (floor 2) will be highly interactive and use advanced technology to help tell the stories of the impact the Bible has had on the world.

The Narrative Floor (floor 3) intertwines immersive experiences with artifacts as visitors walk through the narratives of the Hebrew text from Genesis to Chronicles, then first-century Nazareth, and finally the New Testament.

The History Floor (floor 4) will feature more than 500 artifacts that document the Bible’s preservation, translation, and transmission across centuries. Some of the artifacts include writings dating to the time of Abraham, fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and early New Testament writings.

The museum is scheduled to open in Fall 2017.



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