Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible, Washington DC: Hours, Address, Museum of the Bible Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of the Bible
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A Museum providing guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible. Using cutting-edge technology, the Bible comes to life before your eyes. Complete with a world stage theater, a Fly Board ride experience, and personalized digital guides, Museum of the Bible can be tailored to any age.
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  • Federal Center SW • 2 min walk
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 5 min walk
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Buick1_36758
Sycamore, IL156 contributions
May 2022
It is well worth spending time here. Due to my schedule, I only had about 3 hours and felt like I could have spent the day and not seen it all. There is a virtual reality activity that I also did. Personally, I don't think the virtual reality activity was that interesting to me and I could have easily skipped it and spent more time in the museum. You can book your ticket online and get a discount of $5. There are 5 levels to the museum. I would recommend doing level 3 which is about the bible itself and has an old testament activity and a new testament experience. Then, I would do levels 4 about translations and then 2 about the Bible in the US next. If you have time left, you can then do levels 1 and/or 5. I did also enjoy the Drive through History footage used as that is a show I have always enjoyed watching.
Written May 13, 2022
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horseman4100
minneapolis, mn33 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Visited in 2019 We visited this museum expecting to see a great number of archeological artifacts. We did, but it is so much more. State of the art technoology is used to guide us through exhibits and keep track of our party in case we were separated.
The exhibits were well done and we loved the VR Disneyesque ride through Old Jerusalem and birdseye view of Washington DC. Would recommend at least a 1 1/2 to 2 day visit to see it all
Written July 24, 2021
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leirrose
Boca Raton, FL37 contributions
May 2022
The Bible museum was informative and interesting. I would highly recommend to all to visit. I do feel however that it missed the mark in a few areas. I recommend a section devoted to the birth and life of Jesus specifically and feel this was not given the attention deserved. There currently is a Shroud of Turin exposition, I thought was the actual shroud. I have seen this in Torino, Italy and wanted my daughter to see. There is a replica which is fine and she enjoyed learning about this. My daughter and I also paid additional for the Holy land experience with Virtual reality glasses. I would recommend this as was interesting, however we feel this could be a bit more dynamic and not showing the men cutting the grass and weed whacking and golf carts in the background was distracting. I was confused about the scene showing the manger and other areas which were located what appears to be a church. I asked about this and the staff had no answers if these were actual and factual places or not. I wanted more accurate information. All in all I would suggest a visit to anyone and am very happy there is a Bible museum in DC.
Written May 26, 2022
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adventrskr
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany104 contributions
Sep 2020
This is the best bible education I have had to date. If you want to learn how the bible was developed over the millennium, as well as to learn about the various components, artwork, designers and positions that go into the making of this book, then this is a must visit site.

I learned about the many variations, designs and history of this book, so that now I have a clearer understanding of why we have the KJV and other versions. The stories of how our founding fathers changed the bibles message to suit their audiences, to how abolition and women's rights was fueled by this great book.

The bible is not a USA story, it is God's message for the world. I spent about four hours just visiting the various exhibits of the six floors. I also took the ride of Washington, DC to learn even more about biblical messaging through out the town.

I highly recommend this museum if you are interested in how and why we have the bibles of today.
Written September 15, 2020
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goldenparadox
Elkridge, MD373 contributions
Mar 2022
This museum definitely has interesting exhibits for Christians. The videos were informational and added to the experience. The 30 minute interactive journey through the OT was very neat and well-done. The "Nazareth Walk-through" would be perfect for kids to see what life was like in bible times. The Illuminations exhibit was very moving.

The whole procedure coming in and through security was a little confusing and while there was apparently a video showing directions (we saw it when we re-entered but missed it the first time), the whole process was quite "secure" and unique. Also, there were no printed maps, just a QR code that allowed you to access the map online. It only gave a map, no extra information about each section. We had no idea of where to start. Tip: Start at Floor 1 and work up. Starting at the top and working down was not the best idea as the 5th floor quickly got boring. It was frustrating that a lot the exhibits were not actual the real items but reproductions or pictures. The museum workers/docents weren't very friendly or helpful and didn't really say or do anything until you asked.
Written March 13, 2022
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Louise W
Bel Air, Maryland, USA6 contributions
May 2019
My church offered to take as many people who had an interest to go to the Museum of the Bible back in the spring of 2019. I really wanted to go and my niece wanted to go so we climbed on the bus and went down to Washington DC one bright Saturday morning. We arrived early before it opened and got a parking space right in front of the museum. We paid for our tickets through our church and got a discounted ticket group rate of $20.00 per person. I thought that was very reasonable. We saw the exhibits on the third floor first and they were very impressive and professionally done. Then we went to the other floors at our leisure. One floor had an religious art gallery display that was a sight to see. The people who answered our questions were very helpful and friendly. It was a delightful place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone that goes to Washington DC. One caution I would mention is do not take any weapons or containers of pepper spray or mace. They won't allow you to take it into the museum. It is like going through security at the airport.
Written January 16, 2020
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,026 contributions
Mar 2020
My son and I took a trip to Washington, DC recently. I have personally been to many of the museums and sights in DC. However, the Museum of the Bible is a newer museum. Unlike most of the museums in Washington, DC it is not a government run museum. Because of this there is an entry fee that is not inexpensive. Having said this I am glad to have visited the museum.
The museum is very well-laid out and makes use of multimedia, artifacts, facsimiles, and textual displays in its exhibits. The museum has a variety of displays that cover various topics from the history of the Bible, to the influence of the Bible on culture, and the overall message of the Bible. The museum attempts to present its exhibits and collections in a non-sectarian way. It succeeds at this somewhat. However, since it is impossible to be neutral in regard to religion there is a definite Protestant and Evangelical perspective to the museum. I don't think this means others cannot enjoy a visit to the museum, but they will probably be aware of the Protestant perspectives.
One of the biggest highlights of the museum is the collection of historic Bibles. The Washington Codex stands out in particular. It is a one thousand year old copy of the Hebrew Bible that is displayed in the museum. There are many other Bibles in multiple languages (English, Spanish, French, German, etc.) that are 500 years old or older.
There is an extensive gift shop in the museum. It has a nice selection of items, but they are listed at the normal high tourist prices of Washington, DC.
The museum was very clean and well-maintained. There is a nice cafe. Thankfully restrooms are clean and conveniently located.
I very much enjoyed my visit to the museum and I would recommend a visit if you have an interest in history and/or religion.
Written March 8, 2020
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txmomofjandr
Plano, TX152 contributions
Jan 2020
The museum boasts multiple floors, a coat check, two restaurants, traveling exhibits, permanent exhibits, add on exhibits and much more. Be sure and purchase your tickets on-line to save a few bucks. We arrived and realized we could buy our tickets on-line and cover the cost of part of one of the add ons. Museum is very nicely laid out and the staff is very friendly. We ate at the restaurant and were very impressed with our choices. Highly recommend the 3-d surround experience, but keep in mind you are wearing a "headset/mask" which might make it difficult if you wear glasses. Depending on the amount of material/videos you want to watch, this museum can take all day or part of one. Well worth the price.
Written January 26, 2020
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TravelnurseUSA
Spartanburg, SC615 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited the museum the first week of August 2021 immediately after new Covid rules were implemented. The only impact we could tell was that the Manna Restaurant was closed.

We ordered our tickets online and after clearing security, received our physical tickets at the counter. Security was almost airport style where you place all your items in a box and then the box is Xrayed , the visitor walks through a metal detector, and then you collect your box on the other side.

We spent four leisurely hours in the museum and enjoyed our visit very much. We found the exhibits interesting, well laid out, and informative.

We were especially thrilled to view the Magna Carta exhibit and the copy on display.

The walk through model on floor 3 gave us a good idea of what a village looked like during that era. Having previously visited Israel this was a treat to us as we walked through.

The museum consists of six floors and can be accessed via stairs or elevator. Each floor had restrooms and water fountains which we utilized and found clean and well maintained.

The mezzanine level has the Milk + Honey Café where we had lunch. Limited offerings were available and consisted of packaged food that was heated in a microwave type oven. A few other items were available on a daily menu.

The 6th floor gave a very nice view of the Capitol dome.

We enjoyed our visit and would recommend this to others.
Written August 13, 2021
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Rev1911
Watchung, NJ235 contributions
Sep 2020
I have to start by saying that I am not a museum person. I typically do not enjoy most museums. This one is very different because it is very interactive. We started at the Washington Revelations 'ride,' which is basically an Imax ride flying around DC looking for biblical inscriptions. Very cool and a lot of fun. It is $5 extra and you purchase the ticket when you enter the museum. It was well worth it. We spent 3 hours on the 4th floor, which is the History of the Bible. Each section of the exhibit preps you with a short, entertaining video that helps you appreciate what you see in the exhibit. It took us 3 hours to get through the 4th floor and the time raced by. We are definitely coming back because we didn't have time to see any of the other floors. If you think you might be back, you may want to consider a membership, as it pays for itself on a second visit.
Written October 15, 2020
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