Work now underway on $400 million Museum of the Bible in Washington

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February 15, 2015

Museum of the Bible planned for Washington

This architectural rendering shows how the Museum of the Bible planned for Washington will look. Opening in 2017, the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum is being designed by the lead architect group that created the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture. (CNS photo/courtesy Smith Group JJR)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — On a gray and overcast morning in Washington, just a short walk from Capitol Hill, construction work began on a museum intended to promote engagement, education and discussion of the Bible.

The 430,000-square-foot museum will feature a 200-foot LED screen on the lobby ceiling, displaying a set of rotating images from Israel, Rome and Spain.

It also will have a facade modeled after various printed manuscripts of the Bible, stained-glass windows from Germany, and a top-floor, glass-enclosed promenade that will offer “some amazing views” of the National Mall and the Capitol, according to project director Brian Flegel.

Read more in The Visitor…