The Museum of the Bible is a great thing to talk about, especially after you’ve been there. I have been hearing and reading about this new museum in the heart of Washington D.C., so I decided it was something I had to see. Five of us started the trip down Rt 15 to Shady Grove where we caught the metro into Federal South West. It was a cold and windy day, but at 9 AM the metro was not crowded and the ride was pleasant. Coming up out of the hole in the ground we were greeting by signs that said Bible Museum this way. It was a left turn out of the metro. However, we opted a right turn first because it was lunch time and right beside the metro is a handy little sandwich shop called The Potbelly. Much like Subway it served up some good sandwiches that for the most part you crafted, but the door was always swinging open and the cold air coming in did not do much for a relaxing lunch. In fact “heat” as in warmth was not on the menu.
After lunch a short walk to the left found you at the entrance to the museum. First of all you will notice there are a lot of friendly employees around that will direct and answer any questions you may have. They will also engage you in conversation if that is your desire. Another ‘right off the bat’ notice is that the place is beautiful. The stairways are wide, easy to navigate and very eye appealing.
Floors 4 and 5 are mostly ancient biblical history. Many nice exhibits, however the larger screen videos which very cleverly told of some of the discoveries and visited some historic sites were really appealing to me.
Depending on your interest, you will want to spend most of your time on the second and third floors. This is where my camera came out. We all enjoyed the walk through a Nazareth village. Here is a scene of a wine making process.
Then there is an interactive stop where you sit around the table and hear of the foods that were eaten in the time period of Jesus, and other scenes of daily living.
The walk through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are very well done, and tells the story of the Bible in a “special effects” kind of a way you have never experienced before.
The second floor offers the impact the Bible has had on World and American History.
There is Martin Luther, and scientists.
There is a large screen video of movies that use Bible Verses to make a point and a display of familiar verses and sayings, in different languages.
This beautiful original painting of George Washington is on loan and is guarded through out the day. We had a wonderful conversation with the very pleasant lady who had the job of standing in front of the picture for 8 hours. I wondered who might be able to yank it off the wall, put it over his shoulders and try to walk out with it. Seems almost funny to think about, it’s so large and obviously heavy. The detail is amazing and the picture is certainly worth the care it gets here at the museum.
We spent about 5 hours viewing many displays, and not having the time to engage in the numerous interactive sites, on 4 floors. There is much more to see and we have already planned a return trip. The museum asks only a donation and there are a number of displays that will change and new ones added.
The last thing we did was almost the best to my way of thinking. It is called The Washington Revelations and it is a virtual flight over the nations capitol city to have a look at Bible verses on and in buildings and monuments in this beautiful city. The 8 minute “flight” costs 8 dollars and is truly worth the unique experience.
I close with this picture of Christ and an invitation for you to “join the conversation”especially after you visit The Museum of the Bible and share your thoughts.