What is Museum of the Bible’s admissions policy?
We began charging admission as of Dec. 10, 2018, with the following price structure:
- Adults (18+): $ 24.99
- Children (7–17): $14.99
- Children (6 and under): Free
- Seniors, military, first responders and students: $19.99
- Tickets purchased online will be offered at a discounted rate of $19.99 for adults (18+) and $9.99 for children (7–17).
- Group rates will remain the same at $12.00 per person.
When did the paid admission policy go into effect?
This paid admission policy began on Dec. 10, 2018.
Will those who have previously purchased memberships that include free admission be affected?
No. All memberships will continue to have complimentary access to the museum as well as improved benefits such as free or discounted tours and attractions, and in the future, members-only online content.
How will the price of admission for those who come with a group be affected?
We have no plan to change the group rate of $12.00 per person.
Will the experiences that have required a paid ticket, such as Washington Revelations and some temporary exhibits, now be free with this new paid admission?
No. Some museum experiences will require an additional cost.
Will there be any special discounts or events held for those who cannot afford to pay admission?
Yes, we are in the process of determining those discounts, and we will post that information on our website.
Has Museum of the Bible changed its mission to invite all people to engage with the Bible?
No. Our mission remains the same, and we are firmly committed to inviting all people to learn more about the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.
You have said a fundamental way to provide access to all that is in the museum is through free admission. Why has the museum ended this practice?
While Museum of the Bible has experienced excellent attendance and the generosity of more than 50,000 donors and more than 20,000 members, we want to ensure the museum will be self-sustaining for generations to come. Museum of the Bible receives no government funding, so experts in market research for cultural attractions recommended that charging admission for our guests is the best way to ensure that sustainability.
What has changed in the 13 months since your opening that would indicate your free admission policy is not sustainable?
While some guests have shown their generosity by choosing to pay the suggested donation, analysis has shown that these donations alone will not ensure a financially sustainable, quality experience for future guests.
Does this mean the museum will be cutting back its scope in terms of the number of permanent and temporary exhibits it will present?
No. The museum has a full range of temporary exhibits planned well into the future, including a Renaissance masters arts exhibit and an exhibit of Roman art and artifacts related to early European hospitals.