Floor 2—Impact of the Bible: Bible Now
The second floor of the museum, which addresses the Impact of the Bible, demonstrates the enormous influence the Bible has on nearly every aspect of life. There are four major exhibit areas:
- Bible in the World, an unprecedented look at the Bible's impact on culture worldwide
- 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
- Bible Now is a real-time experience, a "Times Square" of streaming information coming live from the web, people, places and organizations. Bible Now is expressed through giant curving screens surrounding a central interactive exhibit space.
- 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; 3,940 square feet of that space is dedicated to the Bible Now exhibits below.
- 360-Degree Panoramas: Bible Now is enveloped by three giant, curving screens. These large screens have three modes of projected content: global internet media, which consists of real-time flowing data and visuals from online media impacted by the Bible around the world; media from the results of real-time guest engagement activated through the exhibit's interactive tables; and a grand, 360-degree panorama of a time-lapse of Jerusalem.
- Joshua Machine: A video recording station allows guests to share their personal testimonies of how the Bible has impacted them.
- Bible in Data: An interactive table driven by current data allows groups to explore the most commonly searched keywords and most shared verses by country or globally. The exhibit also includes a light map of Bible users around the globe.
- Make a Meme: An interactive table allows guests to create their own memes. Guests have creative freedom within the range of options provided by the table. Once a meme is created, it travels to the panorama screens.
- In a Word: An interactive table allows guests to answer questions about the Bible's impact on them. A guest uses his or her finger to write an answer on the table, which will video-capture the word as it is being written. Each hand-written answer appears on the surrounding Bible Now panorama, forming an attractive collage of unique responses and handwriting.
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.