Museum of the Bible

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The Museum of the Bible is a museum in Washington D.C. that discusses the Bible, including its history, contents, and impact on the world.[1][2] It is operated by the Green Family, which also owns Hobby Lobby and several other businesses.

This 8-story museum opened on November 18, 2017.[3] It is nonprofit, cost $500 million to build, and features 430,000 square feet.[4] Located just a few blocks away from the National Mall, the museum also has a spectacular website featuring virtual tours.[5]

The museum produces a weekly "The Book," which "is a one-minute radio program that features unusual stories and interesting facts about the Bible—one of the best-selling books of all time. ... heard on Bible Gateway and more than 800 radio outlets."[6]

The museum attracts about 1 million visitors per year.[7] Listed ticket prices are $24.99 for adults, and only $14.99 for children, and discounts are available.

Disputed collections

In 2014, it purchased for $1.6 million on auction and displayed a "rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the 'Epic of Gilgamesh,' a historic poem with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. The cuneiform tablet is roughly 3,600 years old and originated in an area that’s now part of Iraq. It's believed to be one of the earliest pieces of storytelling poetry."[8] But in July 2021 a federal judge in Brooklyn ordered its forfeiture and return to Iraq, by finding that it had been brought into the United States illegally, and then sold on auction under false pretenses.

All sixteen of Museum of the Bible's Dead Sea Scroll parts are claimed to be falsifications.[9]


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