Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible ( invites all people to engage with the Bible. Dedicated to the history, narrative and impact of the Bible, the museum, located at 400 4th St. SW,  opened in November 2017 three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

[Media Advisory] Tomorrow, Media Preview, Original Manuscript of Battle Hymn Returns to Willard

Oct. 31, 2016


Two-day special exhibit features original manuscript of classic Civil War hymn




An exclusive first look at the original manuscript of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as it returns to the place it was written – the Willard InterContinental Hotel. A private media preview precedes a two-day special event celebrating Julia Ward Howe’s popular song. Howe remembered writing the lyrics during her stay as a guest at the Willard: “I sprang out of bed… I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.” The hymn appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became a classic anthem in the wake of the Civil War, and endures in its symbolic patriotism today.



Media preview includes:

  • `Exhibit of Howe’s original manuscript in the Willard lobby with Museum of the Bible curator Herschel A. Kepler 

  • Welcome remarks from Jeremy C. Burton, Director of Communications, Museum of the Bible

  • Statement from Shannon Schneider, Director of Sales and Marketing, the Willard InterContinental Hotel

Two-day public exhibit includes:

  • Live performances of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other period piece music by pianist Robert Frost each night at 5pm.



Media Preview:

Tuesday, November 1 at 11:30am

Public Exhibit Hours:

Tuesday, November 1 from 12pm to 7pm

Wednesday, November 2 from 10am to 7pm



The Willard InterContinental

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20004



COST:  Free to the public


Museum of the Bible – The Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible.  In 2017, Museum of the Bible will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum in Washington, D.C., located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here.

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