ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) – Through a presentation from its president and a massive interactive exhibit, Museum of the Bible gave an exclusive preview of its soon-to-be-open facility in Washington, D.C., during the Proclaim 17, National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.
During the opening session of the Convention on February 27, Cary Summers, President of Museum of the Bible, told attendees that the 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum in Washington, located two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol, is on track to open as scheduled on November 17, 2017.
During his presentation, Summers shared that Museum of the Bible, a Platinum Sponsor of the Convention, exists to invite all people to engage with the Bible through four pillars: research, traveling exhibits, education, and the museum. The museum will use cutting-edge technologies to provide guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.
The Museum Collections – an aggregation of several of the world’s most prominent private collections of biblical objects and artifacts – contains thousands of donated items as well as artifacts and rare books under long-term agreement with several collections. In addition, cooperative agreements with other institutions, including the Israel Antiquities Authority, will provide museum guests an unrivaled opportunity to engage with artifacts and materials related to the Bible.
“Museum of the Bible’s mission is to invite all people to engage with the Bible – people of all faiths, backgrounds, nationalities and interests. NRB is one of the best ways to get our message [out] that the museum opens to the public on November17, 2017,” Summers said on February 28. “We have brought to NRB a 20,000-square-foot exhibit that contains some of the highlights that will be in our 430,000-square-foot museum in Washington, D.C. We encourage everyone at the convention to come get a taste of the experience we have planned for our guests.”
Cast members from the Broadway show Amazing Grace The Musical provided the finale of the February 27 evening session, performing selections from the original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song.
The musical will be the debut show at the museum’s 500-seat “World Stage Theater” in November. Tickets to the production are expected to go on sale later this month.
In addition to its president’s presentation, Museum of the Bible has a large-scale presentation on the floor of NRB’s award-winning Exposition – the largest marketplace dedicated to Christian media professionals.
Visitors to Museum of the Bible’s exhibit got a firsthand look at some of the technology that will be used in Washington. A prototype of the handheld digital guide debuted in the exhibit. Attendees are able to use these devices through the exhibit and see how they interact with exhibits to enhance the visitor’s engagement with the Bible.
“The exhibit brought the Bible to life and intrigued me to dive deeper into what is an ancient text,” said Convention attendee Stephanie Eckstein. “I would definitely want to visit the museum, and it also inspired me to want to visit Israel.”
Museum of the Bible is among the more than 200 exhibitors that can be found on the floor of NRB’s Exposition.
For more information about Exposition and Proclaim 17, visit nrbconvention.org.
For more information about Museum of the Bible, visit museumofthebible.org
By Michael Smith