DC to get new Bible museum

Vox has an important question to ask: who was the greatest financier in the Bible? Noah: he was floating his stock while everyone was in liquidation.

Okay, so maybe that was a lame joke. But do you know what’s not lame? The new DC Bible museum.

Construction on the Bible Museum began Feb. 12th, and it is expected to open in 2017. It will be in southwest DC three blocks from the Capitol.

This 430,000 square foot museum will display the history, contents, and influence of the Bible. DCist reported that it will have more than 500 biblical texts and artifacts as well as five floors for permanent exhibits. It is valued at approximately 800 million dollars.

The museum is made possible by the billionaire Green family from Olkahoma. The family has a collection of over 40,000 biblical antiquities, the largest private collection of rare biblical artifacts in the world.

According to The Post, DC is “lucky” to get this museum; reported that it beat out Dallas and New York for the location. After some research, developers found that people were more willing to drive to our nation’s capital than to the other cities to visit the museum.

Unlike the Smithsonian museums, this Bible museum will charge admission, similar to that of the Spy Museum and Newseum. It will also act as “a nonprofit umbrella group for the collection of the billionaire Green family of Oklahoma,” the Post reported.

Steve Green, the museum’s chairman of the board, told the Post in an interview that it will be up to the visitors to decide whether they believe in the Bible. But he has hope that it will be influential. “When we present the evidence, I think it’s going to be compelling for somebody to say, ‘Wow, this is a compelling book. I might want to consider what it has to say,’” he said.

Photo: Ryk Neethling via flickr

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