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D.C.’s Museum of the Bible plans free admission

Expect the District’s newest, most religious museum to open November 17

Only three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., is getting a brand new museum, totally dedicated to the history and legacy of the Bible. The Museum of the Bible will open November 17 with free general admission and the ability to reserve timed-entry tickets.

The museum will suggest a $15 donation with no obligation to pay anything, according to a press release.

In a statement, Museum of the Bible President Cary Summers said, "Our mission is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. We can think of no more fundamental way to give people access to the treasures and experiences inside this museum than to offer public admission coupled with the ability to reserve timed-entry tickets."

In order to get timed tickets in advance, guests will be able to reserve them online, starting August 28 at 10 a.m. Members of the museum will get access early on August 14 at 10 a.m. The membership plans start at $60 for an individual and $150 for families.

The 430,000-square-foot museum will span across eight floors with a restaurant and “biblical garden” included. There will also be a performing arts theater, a grand ballroom, and event space. $42 million worth of cutting edge technology will also be featured with a digital entry arcade ceiling, a digital guide accessible through a smart phone app, and a 360-degree projection mapping employed in the 472-seat performing arts theater.

Once opened, this museum will be the ninth museum in the U.S. focused on the Bible and its stories.

Take a look at the construction progress in this Curbed DC article with more details on what to expect from each floor of the museum.

The Museum of the Bible’s construction progress, in photos [Curbed DC]