Washington, D.C. is no stranger to museums, but the city is making history with its newest! Years of the Green family’s dreams became a reality this morning when the door officially opened on the Museum of the Bible. A beautiful 430,000 square-foot building with a view of the Capitol dome, the museum fulfills the longtime vision of the owners of Hobby Lobby, who are transforming D.C. with what is sure to be one of the area’s biggest tourist destinations. Rooms filled with Bibles, narrative history, artifacts, even a recreation of a New Testament village make the museum a powerful tool for evangelizing new believers and inspiring longtime ones.
Even the U.S. Senate took time out to recognize the accomplishment. In a special resolution, Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) applauded “the opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., the first non sectarian museum of its kind in the capital of the United States focused exclusively on the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.” They also commended “the leadership, staff, scholars, designers, construction workers, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to realize the goal of opening a museum, free to the public, with the nonsectarian purpose of ‘inviting all people to engage with the Bible.'”
Last night, my wife, Lawana, and I had the chance to celebrate the museum’s completion at a special dedication gala at the Trump Hotel in downtown D.C. In addition to a wonderful program with gospel artists Wintley Phipps, CeCe Winans, and others we had dinner with our friends at Inspiration Cruises and visited with a host of other friends like Kay Arthur.
We applaud the Greens for their vision to bring the Bible to Washington in a big way! Be sure to visit the museum when you come to D.C.
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