Museum of the Bible, Washington DC

4.5
#17 of 68 in Museums in Washington DC
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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, and has 1,150 items in its permanent collection and 2,000 items on loan from other institutions and collections.
The museum is nonsectarian and non-political, and it does not proselytize. Former museum president Cary Summers said that the goal is to "reacquaint the world with the book that helped make it, and let the visitor come to their own conclusions. ... We don't exist to tell people what to believe about it". Despite the museum's nonsectarian stance, members of the board of directors are required to sign a "faith statement".
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.
To visit Museum of the Bible on your trip to Washington DC, use our Washington DC online trip maker.
Source
Create an itinerary including Museum of the Bible
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Museum of the Bible reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,052 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • I went here believing it was going to be a place that was trying to convince me of a certain ideology or try to indoctrinate me, but people said it was interesting. As a religious Jew I decided to...  more »
  • I've wanted to go since the museum's inception years ago. I've paid attention to the controversies but nothing could compare with the real thing here! Every Christian, Jew, Muslim and gentile should.....  more »
Google
  • My visit and experience at this museum was very rewarding and somewhat breathtaking. I love the history of the bible and to learn how many hands and lives have been touched by God's Word is amazing. The Lord, is doing something that no eyes have seen and no ears have heard. I definitely am purchasing membership. My daughter loves learning about Jesus and other members of the body of Christ. She asked to go back to. I hope to return before the year is over.
  • The museum is packed with printed information, but also has enough more stimulating experiences that add variety and kept my easily impatient mind occupied. It is indeed a museum of the Bible, and several floors are dedicated to it's subject; the sources for, the impact and influence of and the historical figures influential in the Bibles development and spread. Although there's an impressive amount of information the exhibits manage to avoid being dry and overly academic and the presentations are designed to keep short attention spans occupied and engaged using a clever combination of videos, lights, and sound as well as shapes - the geometric designs used in display housings and the divisions of exhibition areas add a nice level of stimulation and engagement. The upper floors are more visual and hands on keeping the visitor moving and adds a sense of exploration. The Bible without a doubt is a spiritual guide and holy text to believers. But those with a more secular, even skeptical mind set may find the museum interesting and the experience more enjoyable and interesting than expected. Be aware that the security hurdle is time consuming -I strongly suggest carrying as little as possible on your visit. That said, there is a coat/bag check available. There are several large elevators, easy access entrances and doorways, lots of bathrooms, a cafe, big gift shop, a roof garden and the whole museum is well lit and roomy. Photography without flash is allowed and encouraged. In a city overflowing with free museums, the entrance fee is steep, and that's what will keep me from going more frequently.

Plan your trip to Washington DC

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.