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The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. opened on November 17, 2017. Housing one of the largest assemblies of biblical artifacts and texts in the world, the museum documents the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible.

Andrea visits with Dr. Guice inside the Museum of the Bible.

Andrea visits with Dr. Guice inside the Museum of the Bible.

In February Andrea Johnson, managing editor of the Message, toured the museum and visited with Dr. William Guice, Director of Church Engagement. Join in the conversation!

Andrea: Why was the Museum of the Bible built? What is its purpose?

Dr. Guice: The museum exists to engage all people with the Bible. That’s it. It’s a very simple but powerful mission that gives us space to work creatively to meet everyone where they are in their pursuit of knowledge about the Bible.

Andrea: There are tons of facets to the museum: exhibits, symposiums, educational opportunities. On average, how long does it take to tour the entire museum?

Dr. Guice: The museum contains 72 hours of content, so it would take nine, eight-hour days to see it all. I suggest allowing at least one full day, and if possible, two days for a visit.

Andrea: What was the reason for choosing Washington D.C. as the location?

Dr. Guice: We commissioned two independent studies, and Washington, D.C. came back as the best city to place a work like this. D.C. gets the most museum traffic of any city in the country, and we get an opportunity to add to an already magnificent collection of museums, attractions, and tourist sites.

Andrea: People might be surprised to learn that the museum, located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol, is 430,000 square feet and takes up an entire city block. How did you secure its location?

Dr. Guice: We were looking for a building in the city. We weren’t necessarily looking in this area, but this site became available and we were able to move to purchase it. An interesting note is that since the purchase of this building, there has not been another building come up for sale in the city that would work for building the Museum of the Bible.

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