Museum of the Bible Brings Hope

Erin Oliver, Editor

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With the media’s constant ridicule and detest for Christian culture, Washington D.C.’s new Bible museum has been inappropriately overlooked and has added necessary value to the city and entire nation.

On November 17th, 2017, the museum opened its doors for the first time with the purpose “to invite all people to engage with the Bible”. It is only three blocks from Capitol Hill, and is one of the most technologically advanced museums in the entire world. It contains artifacts that go back as far as 3,500 years. The many interactive exhibits create a personalized experience that bring the Bible to life. A visitor shared the experience of their visit. “I arranged five hours for this Bible museum, but it was not enough. From ground to 6 top floors, (there is) nothing uninteresting in the area”.

The remarkable museum contains six different floors. Floor 1, titled Grand Hall, contains a Vatican specific exhibit as well as an exhibit for kids to experience. Up a short row of stairs lies their contemporary Milk, Honey, and Tea Cafe. Floor B1 contains temporary exhibitions and is not a main floor. Floor 2 is titled The Impact of the Bible, in which the effect of scripture is conveyed throughout different aspects of history and pop culture. Floor 3 examines the stories of the Bible, while Floor 4 covers the history of the texts. Floor 5 contains special exhibits that rotate over time, as well as their World Stage Theater. Lastly, Floor 6 contains an incredible view of the D.C. skyline, seen from the stunning glass window display. The restaurant “Manna” lives on this floor as well, and is a new and casual place run by Chef Todd Gray.

Floor 2, The Impact of the Bible, may be the most remarkable aspect of the entirety of the museum. This section contains much of the technologically advanced displays. The exhibit begins with artifacts dating back to the time of the Mayflower in order to convey the crucial influence the Bible had on the birth of the United States.

An interactive experience on this floor involves letters written between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. When someone steps up to that portion of the exhibit, the screen in front begins playing a scene of two actors each reciting one of the letters back and forth to each other. The letters discuss Jefferson and Adams’ different views on how the Bible should be used in culture. Another unique part involves a mini movie theatre in which clips are played from popular films that incorporate scripture into the dialogue or plot. Scenes from the films Fury and Selma are a few examples conveyed on the screen. Nearby is an intricate booth in which well-known songs are played that used scripture to inspire their lyrics. Songs created by iconic music groups such as Queen, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, and Kanye West fill the air with words deriving from the Bible.

Other exceptional portions of this floor include a row of screens that contain different well-known people throughout culture that have encountered Christ. They discuss how they incorporate their faiths into their everyday lives and careers.

A similar display involving testimonies from prisoners provide a moving experience. Each video discusses restorative justice, where prisoners are given the chance to pursue a biblical degree but still serve out their full sentence.

Brett Oliver recently visited the museum and was beyond moved by his experience. “I really appreciated the exhibits that highlighted cultural areas where the Bible has been an influence. These are areas that today’s secular culture has filtered out. I learned so much!

The museum’s facility is first class with a really nice gift shop, observation deck and café.

“The Bible Through History” was set up like a timeline showing where certain Bibles interjected into history and actually had some of these Bibles on display”.

Overall, the Museum of the Bible is a blessed experience that will provide insight for those that would call themselves Christ believers and those that would not. Although there is a fee for tickets, the pleasant atmosphere and intriguing displays will bring hope to anyone fearing the future for this egocentric and God-forgotten culture.