The Museum of the Bible, opened in 2017, is a privately funded museum dedicated to the history and stories of the Holy Bible. Located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, its amazing collection of historic artifacts, decorative printed bibles, state-of-the-art displays, and educational videos make this a must-see stop on a visit to the nation’s capital. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy the museum’s presentation of historic content with advanced technology.
The Museum presents the Bible in a series of permanent and temporary exhibits and collections. Video and audio relevant to the display often accompany the information panels to enhance the experience. Demonstrations with audience participation, such as how to use a Gutenberg Printing Press, add an interactive touch.
One of the best attractions is the “The Hebrew Bible Experience” located on the third floor. It’s a 30-minute, sensory-rich walk-through on the history of the Bible. Note that if you have sensitivities to light and sound, you may want to skip this one or come prepared.
Plan to spend at least three hours here, if not a full day, to enjoy all of the exhibits and videos. If you need a bite to eat, there is a café specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. The gift shop has a wide array of gifts and educational materials. The museum can also be rented to host events. Subscribe to the eNewsletter to receive notifications on special events, collection updates, speakers and more. Check the website for hours, admission fees and how to become a member.