I had the opportunity to sneak into one of the pre-opening events at the Museum of the Bible late last week in Washington, DC. I am not sure what I expected, but I can say that if I were to sum up the experience it would be mind blowing. Yes, the Museum has had its critics and those that sought to detract from its overall message. There have been those who question the Green family’s motive and how true to the Bible this Museum will actually be. I’m not going to lie, I even had my doubts walking through the doors for the first time.
But I have never seen something of this magnitude done do well and so faithfully to the subject matter. The Museum is based on this premise: the Bible is the Word of God. The rest of the Museum is built upon that foundation and it is amazing how well done it is. As a kid, my family got to visit Epcot Center several times and for those of you that have been there, you know the drill when it comes to each country represented there putting its best foot forward. With that as the framework, let me say this: the Museum of the Bible is 10x better on every front than any country display in Epcot.
And that is saying something. For years Christians have grown accustomed to living by a different standard of excellence in the arts, from music to film, because if it’s “sanctified” then it doesn’t have to be as good (though, I will add that both Christian music and film have taken big leaps forward recently).
The Museum of the Bible has taken that worn out playbook and tossed it out the window. This isn’t some half-hearted effort to present the Bible in all its grandeur. This is full on excellence where attention to detail and presentation was foremost in the minds of its creators. A case in point. As I stepped into the 3rd floor displays, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I chose the walk through the Old Testament, an interactive, 30 minute, sensory experience where I literally walked through various rooms as interactive visuals and audio presentations told the story from “the beginning.” It was an amazing presentation of the Bible as history.
I only had a few hours before I had to head out for other meetings, but I can say that when my family and I have more time, the Museum will be worth a cross country drive to spend just a day there. It was and is that good. So if you find yourself in Washington, DC or are thinking about going there for vacation, carve out a day for just the Museum of the Bible. You will not be disappointed.