WASHINGTON — When Museum of the Bible opens its doors on Nov. 17, 2017, just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., guests will enter the 430,000 square-foot structure through two towering, 40-foot-tall gates, each weighing over 12 tons.
Made of bronze, the Gutenberg Gates bear the words Genesis 1:1-31 in Latin, as found in the Gutenberg Bible, the first book created using the printing press.
Now, as part of a national, five-city campaign, Museum of the Bible will tour exact replicas of the Gutenberg Gates through five major U.S. cities as part of the lead up to the museum’s grand opening:
- Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center Oct. 6-8
- Nashville at Lipscomb University Oct. 16-17
- Oklahoma City at Penn Square Mall Oct. 27-29
- New York City in Times Square Nov. 3-5
- Washington D.C. at The National Mall Nov. 10-12
“The Gutenberg Gates Tour is an opportunity for people to experience the sheer size and scale of the museum in their own backyards, and then invite those same people to be a part of telling that story,” says Steven Bickley, vice president of marketing for the museum. “This tour allows people to have a larger-than-life experience with the Bible, something you can see for yourself and touch with your own two hands.”
Recreated by fabrication specialists, Scenic Industries, using truss, plywood, truss wrap, exterior vinyl and light weight brick façade, the replica gates will be erected in high foot traffic areas such as the National Mall, L.A. Convention Center and Times Square. Each of these experiences will include on-site brand ambassadors encouraging people to promote their visit to the @GutenbergGates on social media.
You can follow the journey of these spectacular gates by following @museumofBible or @GutenbergGates on Twitter and Instagram. Get location updates on Museum of the Bible social media.
MEDIA ONLY: To download a rendering of the Gutenberg Gates, click here. (Caption: The bronze Gutenberg Gates of Museum of the Bible)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview with Steven Bickley, vice president of marketing for Museum of the Bible.
About Museum of the Bible
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, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here. A 360-degree hardhat tour of the museum is available here.