Statement Issued by Board of Directors on Engaging Thomas Kline of Cultural Heritage Partners

The board of directors of the Museum of the Bible has engaged Thomas R. Kline, an attorney with Cultural Heritage Partners, to advise the board on matters of cultural property, governance and museum operations. Kline is a nationally recognized authority on cultural heritage preservation, teaches at the George Washington University Museum Studies Program and serves as president of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

"I'm pleased to have been selected to assist the Museum of the Bible and its board of directors, and look forward to advising the museum on following best practices in maintaining its collection and fulfilling its mission," said Kline.

"As a museum, we are committed to following the highest professional standards in every aspect of our operations, including our collection of approximately 2,500 items, of which approximately 500 will be on display in the museum when it opens," said Museum President Cary Summers in announcing Kline's task. "The museum will also exhibit items on loan from more than 40 lending institutions and collectors from around the world. Together with our team of scholars, academics, curators and professional staff, we are convinced Tom Kline will enhance the museum experience for all of our guests." 

The Museum of the Bible is an independent, nonprofit, educational institution governed by an independent board of directors that makes decisions in accordance with best practices, as prescribed by the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums. 

The museum's galleries are collaboratively designed to reflect the results of biblical scholarship, and are informed by recognized technical study, academic research and broad peer review. The Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people of all faiths to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible. The primary focus is to educate guests and enable them to learn more about the Bible through exhibits and displays.

The board of directors, its museum patrons and many thousands of donors look forward to sharing with guests from around the world the museum's displays of artifacts and manuscripts when the Museum of the Bible opens in Washington, D.C., in November.

About Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. In 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the museum is viewable here. A 360-degree hardhat tour of the museum is available here.

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