NewsOK | Bible museum listed as top new attraction

A museum with Oklahoma ties recently was designated as a top new attraction by a national news outlet.

The Museum of the Bible was listed among the top 10 “Best New Attractions” by USA Today.

According to the news outlet, a panel of experts partnered with its “10 Best” editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA Today), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of American travel.

The Museum of the Bible, which opened in November on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is listed as No. 6 on the list.

The $500 million museum three blocks from the U.S. Capitol was built by the Green family, founders of Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby. Steve Green, of Oklahoma City, is president of Hobby Lobby and chairman of the board of the Museum of the Bible.

The museum was created to be an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible.

Here are the top 10 winners in USA Today’s “Best New Attraction” category:

1. Wonders of Wildlife — Springfield, Missouri.

2. Morgan’s Inspiration Island — San Antonio.

3. Elvis Presley’s Memphis — Memphis.

4. Museum of the Bible — Washington, D.C.

5. Evel Knievel Museum — Topeka, Kansas.

6. Museum of the American Revolution — Philadelphia.

7. Newport Car Museum — Newport, Rhode Island.

8. Songbirds Guitar Museum — Chattanooga, Tennessee.

9. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation — Santa Barbara, California.

10. ARTECHOUSE — Washington, D.C.

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