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Bible Museum to Open in D.C.

Washington is about to get a little bit holier. D.C. has been chosen over New York and Dallas to be the site of a future bible museum.

The Museum of the Bible, whose location in the city is expected to be revealed later this summer, will charge for admission. It will open within four years, according to Cary Summers, the museum's chief operating officer. From the Post:

A sampling of the Bible museum's offerings — from the collection of more than 40,000 artifacts — have been displayed in the Passages Exhibit at the Vatican and in Oklahoma City and Atlanta and will soon appear in Charlotte, N.C.

Summers said the traveling exhibit recreates at 80 percent scale the chamber of London's Westminster Abbey where the King James Version of the Bible was written. A full-scale recreation is planned for the museum.

Alas, this doesn't seem to be the Jesus-riding-a-dinosaur type of Christian museum,  but a sampling of the traveling exhibit's features suggests that the Bible museum will be the kind of  interactive museum where you don't have to care about the topic to enjoy the trip. Set the type on a recreated Gutenberg press! Write scripture by candlelight in St. Jerome's cave!

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