Friday, November 17 is a significant day in Washington D.C. and for Christians all over, as the highly anticipated Museum of the Bible is opening. The 500 million dollar museum has been in the works since 2010, and the opening day has finally arrived.
The museum features a room full of Bibles that display more than 2,000 languages that it has been at least partially translated in. Reportedly, its aim is to educate and highlight the significance of the Bible, but not necessarily to promote a specific religion.
The museum is located near the National Mall and several other museums that focus on the country's history. It is a 430,000-square-foot building that features a large window with a view of the U.S. Capitol building.
At the entrance of the museum is a gateway with two 40-foot brass replicas of the book of Genesis. The replicas are based on the Gutenberg Bible. Directly past the gate is a glass vestibule with a rendering of Psalm 119.
In the lobby, the museum has a 140-foot-long digital ceiling showcasing various images, stained glass, and items from around the museum. The wall features the words, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
One floor of the museum is dedicated to showing "Impact of the Bible." It highlights the influence on cultures with an emphasis on education, literature, art, and architecture.
Seth Pollinger, the director of museum content, said, "Secular audiences will be surprised at the influence of the Bible."
Another floor of the Museum of the Bible features over 1,600 items, including Bibles and biblical manuscripts. Other temporary exhibitions include collections from the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, and the Vatican.
The museum also features a 472-seat theater and a cafe. In the theater, showings of the Broadway musical "Amazing Grace" will take place during their national tour and a 4-D ride will give viewers the sensation of flying over the nation's capital and seeing which buildings contain biblical texts.
The building is filled with several other prominent displays, including a mock setup of the village of Nazareth. It also includes a section that focuses on conflicts over faith, including topics such as slavery and science.
Below is a portion of the museum:
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