Museum of the Bible, Washington DC

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The Museum of the Bible is a museum in Washington D.C. which documents the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible. It opened on November 17, 2017 as one of the most technologically advanced museums in the world, and has 1,150 items in its permanent collection and 2,000 items on loan from other institutions and collections.
The museum claims it is nonsectarian and "is not political, and it will not proselytize." However, members of the board of directors are required to sign a "faith statement" regarding the truth of the Bible.
In the year before its launch, the museum fielded questions about the acquisition of its collection, including a federal case over smuggled Iraqi antiquities and thousands of clay artifacts. The museum's dedication ceremony received an official pontifical blessing from Pope Francis, and people in attendance included Cardinal Donald Wuerl, musician CeCe Winans, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer.
The Museum of the Bible features dining, including a restaurant called Manna that serves kosher food and the Milk and Honey Café.
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  • Every part of this museum was informative, well presented, and interesting. We were touring with our 13 year old granddaughter. She especially liked the Old Testament Walk Through exhibit and the New....  more
    Every part of this museum was informative, well presented, and interesting. We were touring with our 13 year old granddaughter. She especially liked the Old Testament Walk Through exhibit and the New....  more »
  • Did a incredible job with every aspect and all details. Beautifully and wonderfully done in every way. The museum just has little bit of everything.; History Technology Information Artifacts.....  more
    Did a incredible job with every aspect and all details. Beautifully and wonderfully done in every way. The museum just has little bit of everything.; History Technology Information Artifacts.....  more »
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  • I expected not much but the experience when coming to the museum was way beyond my expectation and worth the money spent on the ticket. We spent about 3 hours and had to rush due to other commitment but I think I can spend at least 4-5 hours here alone because there are many to read and see. I love especially the Old testament and new testament sections. We also enjoyed the food at Manna restaurant. The food is unique and delicious. I really, really recommend this place. In fact, it was the best experience I had compared to other museums in my trip this time. Good job guys!
  • An amazing place to get to know the history of the Bible and see the various artifacts from the Old Testament. A great way to reconnect with God and the biblical stories. Everyone here is super nice and friendly and from the moment you enter till you get out you can just feel the love. I also recommend visiting the souvenir shop to buy cool swag and items to take home. I really loved it . Will definitely visit again when in DC. Totally recommend it.

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