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D.C.’s Bible Museum to debut with $42M worth of cutting edge technology

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Expect a digital guide, projection mapping, and a digital entry arcade ceiling

Washington, D.C.’s newest religious museum is set to unveil next year with a location only three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Recently, The Museum of the Bible released information on the $42 million high-tech experience visitors will experience when they walk through the 430,000-square-foot project’s front doors.

With the goal to create the most technologically advanced museum in the world, the museum is expected to launch with a digital guide that a press release describes as “a powerful technology ecosystem for which a customized mobile device the size of a large smartphone serves as a guest's primary interface.”

The mobile device will have an accuracy within six inches and will allow for 3-D interactivity with biblical artifacts and other exhibit features. There will also be a personalized, running commentary available in 10 languages.

Along with the digital guide, there will also be a 360-degree projection mapping employed in a 472-seat Performing Arts Hall. In this hall, visitors should expect 17 4K projectors that will turn the entire venue into a digital canvas.

When visitors first enter the museum, they should expect to see a digital entry arcade ceiling, measuring 140 feet by 15 feet with 555 LED panels with five-millimeter pixel pitch.

All in all, the entire museum will feature 384 monitors, 93 projectors, 83 interactive elements, 12 theaters, and 200 miles of low-voltage cabling.