The Museum of the Bible opens Friday just south of the U.S. Capitol, full of ancient artifacts, preserved texts and state-of-the-art technology, but very little Jesus.
Organizers said they designed the 3,100-object museum for people of any faith tradition or none at all, keeping exhibits light on evangelism and heavy on education.
“We’re nonsectarian, which means that we want to be a comfortable place for anybody — faith, no faith, we don’t care who it is,” museum President Cary Summers said Wednesday at the facility. “Come in and enjoy and walk away and say, ‘I learned something about the Bible while I was here.’”
The three major exhibits — on the stories, history and impact of the Bible — employ impressive audiovisual effects to immerse museum visitors in the worlds of the Old and New Testaments.
In one of the most striking exhibitions, titled “The Hebrew Bible,” visitors spend about 30 minutes walking through biblical scenes and stories beginning with the creation account in Genesis and ending with the rise and fall of the kingdom of Israel.
Some of the stories are told through animations projected onto a wall or screen, where visitors sit down for a few minutes before moving on to another room and another story.