Bible Museum Planned for Washington, D.C.
A large-scale Bible museum will open in Washington, D.C., within four years, say planners who have been touring the world with portions of their collections, the Religion News Service reports. Cary Summers, chief operating officer of The Museum of the Bible, a nonprofit umbrella group for the collection of the billionaire Green family of Oklahoma, said they considered Washington, Dallas and New York but decided the nation's capital was the best location after research found the general population was more willing to drive there than the other two cities. The final name of the museum and its exact location have not been disclosed but planners hope to confirm a location later this summer. Steve Green, president of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain and a Southern Baptist, said the museum would feature the history, contents and influence of the Bible but would leave it up to visitors to decide whether to believe it. "When we present the evidence, I think it's going to be compelling for somebody to say, 'Wow, this is a compelling book. I might want to consider what it has to say,'" he said.