Floor 2—Impact of the Bible: Bible in the World
The second floor of the museum addresses the Impact of the Bible, demonstrating the enormous influence the Bible has on nearly every aspect of life. There will be four major exhibit areas:
- Bible in the World, which gives guests an unprecedented look at the Bible's impact on culture worldwide
- Bible in the World is divided into 23 exhibits that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the Bible's impact across the world. Each exhibit discusses the Bible's impact on a different subject, with interactive experiences and personal testimonials that engage guests.
- Bible in America, which shows guests how the Bible became a powerful influence in America, from the arrivals of the first Christian and Jewish settlers to today
- Bible Now, in which guests experience the Bible in real-time media feeds, showing its up-to-the-minute impact
- Washington Revelations, which takes guests on an amazing flight through Washington, D.C., revealing the Bible's presence in inscriptions, place names and monuments
Size and Content
The second floor of the museum has 27,000 square feet of exhibit space; 14,232 square feet of that space is dedicated to Bible in the World. Each of the following Bible in the World exhibits is approximately 300 square feet.
- Architecture: An enormous projection immerses guests into biblical architectural interiors around the world. Architectural models illustrate how the Bible has influenced the three-dimensional design of buildings.
- Art: Two gallery spaces display art curated by biblical themes. A video projection presents the Madonna and Child iconography across art history.
- Banned and Burned: Guests learn that the presence of the Bible has led to debate and
- conflict throughout history. This exhibit elucidates several historical examples of biblically motivated conflict.
- Biblical Names: Guests see how thousands of names can trace their origins to the Bible.
- Compassion: Immersive tableaus reveal how the works of today's charitable organizations are inspired by the Bible.
- Education: A schoolroom setting lets guests experience firsthand how the Bible has inspired educational efforts around the world. Media traces many biblically founded universities and colleges around the globe, and guests compete against each other in a Bible quiz.
- Everyday Life: A curtain of images displays the hundreds of ways the Bible is infused in everyday life—from idioms to advertising.
- Family: Guests join families as they say grace, do a family Bible reading and participate in a Seder around a table.
- Fashion: Mannequins on a runway feature biblically inspired designs. A "magic mirror" allows guests to design their own fashion.
- Government: A dome enshrines four large artifact cases and an interactive map discussing the impact of the Bible on the formation and dissolution of governments throughout history.
- Gutenberg Press: A replica of the Gutenberg press prints pages of the Bible in an exhibit about the fascinating story of the Bible in the history of printing.
- Health: Guests learn how biblically based medieval healthcare has been carried into the hospitals of today.
- Human Rights: Minidocumentaries on several luminaries show how the Bible has been a touchstone in the foundation and enforcement of fundamental human rights.
- Justice: A prison cell encapsulates stories of people in the prison system who are being impacted positively by the Bible—through prison Bible schools and biblical justice programs.
- Languages: Guests explore the languages the Bible has changed and influenced around the world through a three-dimensional globe. The story of the revival of the Hebrew language in Israel through the Bible is told here as well.
- Literature: Guests explore the presence of the Bible throughout literature by connecting titles, excerpts and illustrations to their biblical sources.
- Music: Playlists of songs with biblical lyrics stream into a sound shell, where guests feel like they are in a music studio.
- Personal Stories: People tell their own experiences of biblical impact in a forest of testimonials.
- Science: The stories of famous scientists, cast in bronze, show how the Bible and science relate. Testimonials from contemporary scientists on a full-length pane of glass bring the story into the here and now.
- Stage and Screen: A film festival of performances demonstrate the vast influence of the Bible throughout the history of film, from biblical performances to hiding the Bible in plain sight.
- Time and Calendar: A display of time-keeping tools highlight how the Bible is present in the way we tell time and mark years.
- Work: People tell stories about how the Bible has influenced their careers.
Galleries on the Impact of the Bible floor were designed by C&G Partners, the New York-based multi-specialty creative studio that is dedicated to design for culture—from cultural organizations to organizational culture. The galleries' content was developed by C&G Partners, in consultation with an international team of scholars led by Gordon Campbell, Ph.D., and Byron Johnson, Ph.D.
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 history, narrative and impact of the Bible. A fly-through of the museum is viewable here.