Museum of the Bible brings God’s Word to life

Museum of the Bible brings God’s Word to life

BY BENNETT ROLAN | BSF BLOG EDITOR

I n the heart of Washington D.C., Genesis 1 soars 40 feet above street level, engraved on the Museum of the Bible’s bronze entrance. The text reminds us that God’s Word stands firm in a changing culture. That narrative continues throughout this spectacular facility, where cutting-edge technology and interactive displays present the Bible’s impact on human history 

“It’s a safe place to come and engage with a Book that’s been speaking for itself for thousands of years,” Museum of the Bible CEO Ken McKenzie said. “We are hoping to instill a hunger and desire to understand God’s Word.”  

Immersive Experience

Through immersive exhibits, the Bible and its history come to life as visitors walk through a firstcentury village, view live performances and explore a multitude of ancient and modern artifacts. Museum officials estimate it would take nine 8-hour days to view the entire collection.  

 “I really enjoy meeting with a blend of people who also say, ‘This is my Book,’ ” Ken said. “Walking through the museum, you might meet a group of nuns, an archbishop from the Armenian church or BSF class members. They all have different ways of looking at faith, but the one thing that brings them together is the Book.”   

For one Amish family, a virtual reality exhibit of Israel fulfilled a life-long dream. 

“As they were walking out, one woman said, ‘As Amish, we don’t travel very far, and I’ve always dreamt of visiting the Holy Land. Now that I’ve done this, I’ve been there,’ ” Ken said. “The museum was able to give her an experience she wouldn’t have had otherwise.” 

A Capital Presence

The concept for the museum began in Dallas, when two private collectors planned to showcase biblical artifacts in a short-term exhibition. The plan for a permanent museum took root, and early benefactors scouted properties in Dallas, New York and Washington, D.C.   

“Washington was chosen because of the relevancy of the museum itself,” Ken said. “I can’t think of a better time than now to point people back to the Bible. It’s a book about hope, and I think that’s a multi-generational message that resonates with people, especially in the nation’s capital.”   

The museum’s purpose is to educate visitors about the Bible’s unique divine content, relevance and impact on history and culture.   

Tackling Controversy 

From an academic perspective, the museum does not avoid controversial history. In one special exhibit, a highly edited Bible featuring only 232 chapters, called The Slave Bible, sits across from The Lincoln Bible, an iconic symbol of freedom.  

The Slave Bible, created in 1808, includes out-of-context passages about slavery and was used by slave traders to reinforce the evil institution. In contrast, The Lincoln Bible, featuring an ornament of Abraham Lincoln breaking the chains of slavery, was purchased by a group of freed slaves in 1863 to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation.    

“To get the full grasp of the history of the Book, our curatorial staff is committed to representing the entirety of the Bible’s impact,” Ken said. “In doing so, we can present the Bible as an exceptionally wonderful book that has been misapplied and misused in human hands. The display shows that the Book’s entire narrative is necessary to understand God’s story.”    

Unity in the Word

From ancient artifacts to modern culture, the museum presents one defining theme: the Bible’s ability to unite those who believe its truths.   

“One thing that the museum does well is to encourage people to understand other points of view,” Ken said. “I would say it encourages Christians to see how the book has impacted other people and other areas of life. Then we can see what we have in common, instead of looking at what separates us. Understanding the Bible’s significance in the big scheme of things just adds to the richness of what it means to be a follower of Christ.”   

The Museum of the Bible encourages visitors to engage more deeply with God’s Word and others. Whether we’re making a trip to Washington, D.C., or simply accessing collections and tools online, the Museum of the Bible’s exhibits give us a unique opportunity to discuss God’s Word with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.  

For those who want to explore the museum’s exhibits without traveling to Washington D.C, there are several resources available at museumofthebible.org

Second Floor

The Impact of the Bible

Third Floor

The Stories of the Bible

Fourth Floor

The History of the Bible

Fifth – Sixth Floors

Upper Gallery

World Stage Theater

Stations of the Cross (ends May 27)

Amazing Grace – The Musical

The Book Minute

Spend a minute with one of the best-selling books of all time with The Book Minute from Museum of the Bible. These powerful videos will deliver the history, narrative and impact of the Bible straight to your inbox every Monday. 

58 Comments

  1. I’ve never had a bucket list until now. I want to see… no, EXPERIENCE the Museum of the Bible!

  2. This museum is indeed a treasure, bringing such unexpected and amazing light and understanding to God’s precious Word. My husband and I were privileged to visit it 2 years ago, and we hope to go back in the not-too-distant future. There is such Light here for our dark world – and we are so thankful!

  3. Praise the Lord.
    We all need to know more on what God says to us.
    The Museum of the Bible is a useful tool.

  4. Thanks Susie for the wonderful info.
    To God be the glory.
    Kudos to all who were behind this beautiful project.
    Very interesting & inspiring.
    Looking forward to be there some day.

  5. Thank you for this. I just visited the Museum of the Bible with my family. We all enjoyed it so much and wish we could have had more time there. We had only one day and that was not enough. So interesting and so much history and all of it glorified our Lord Jesus Christ! It’s a “don’t miss” opportunity!

  6. Thank you Susie for this amazing share. For year’s my dream was/is to go to the Holy Land……Haven’t been able to get there as of yet. Lord wills, one day. This Museum of the Bible i feel was put in the perfect location and with friend’s of mine living there is definitely a visit in the work’s. Thank you so much for enlightening us on such a spiritual blessing to experience this first hand. To God be the Glory.

    • Thank you so much for the information about the Bible Museum. God has given you the gift to inform many of areas we can use to spread the gospel Acts 1,2.
      The plan made or the light started in Dallas of a display has become an enormous big picture of His light.
      May the message have a soaking drenching effect of God’s message and May He be glorified.
      For those who were blessed with this wonderful plan may truth be the emphasis from his sacred word. Holy holy holy is the lord God almighty !!!!
      Prayers
      Judy. Thank you 🙏 BSF
      admin

  7. Thank you BSF Admin for all your endeavors in making sure that the word of God is accessible to everyone. It is my opinion that even BSF Online will go a long way in hastening the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the second time. Again thank you!

  8. Praise the LORD. GOD’s Word is forever. Blessings to all.

  9. It is such an encouragement to have visuals of the Bible where even children for those of us who teach in schools can go and witness the amazing Book brought to life. It also makes me feel better that no evil can prevail over good even with recent bombing and persecution of christians in parts of the world

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I also pray that I may visit Washington to see and touch this amazing Book

    God bless those who have made this available to the Christian community and beyond as well as the caretakers of the Book

  10. I’ve been to this museum once, and, as others have posted, could not take it all in with just one visit. I think I only got through a floor and a half! So I will be back this summer (and, I hope, more than once). It is a remarkable testament to the power and promises of God. Thank you, Susie, for showcasing this resource that stands out in a city and a world that wants to keep the Bible hidden!

  11. We thank the Lord for this wonderful story that will go a long way in making us live the Word and to affirm and equip the next generation to know the truth of the Gospel. And these truths are for all generations. Wonderful

  12. Thank you Susie for enlightening us on the Museum of the Bible. Looks beautiful. Amust place to visit! God bless.

  13. I visited the bible museum in Washington DC while there with my husband. Unfortunately there is so much to see I only made it through the first couple floors. I’m hoping to go again next spring and finish touring this beautiful new museum. Thank you for the information.

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