Museum of the Bible Updates

Upcoming Events

Gala 2020

Museum of the Bible Third Anniversary Virtual Gala

November 15, 2020

Streaming Live Online at 7 p.m. EST

You are invited to the interactive Gala of the year…

Wherever you find yourself in 2020, the Bible has a word for you. It upholds justice, brings peace, provides hope, and calls us all to a fearless love that isn’t hindered by social distancing, division, and unrest.

More than just a building, Museum of the Bible shines as a beacon of light in Washington, DC, to visitors from around the world. With the help of Chris Tomlin, Nick Hall, Franklin Graham, Heather Headley, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, and more, we are celebrating the Light of the World in a one-of-a-kind virtual event. Experience community with thousands of others around the country who believe the Bible is the light that shines in the darkness, and join in our mission to invite everyone to engage with its transformative power. Join our co-founders, Steve and Jackie Green, and CEO Harry Hargrave with his wife, Gayle.

Be sure to follow Museum of the Bible on social media for exclusive behind the scenes announcements, giveaways, and more leading up to the big day.

Stay tuned for more details and registration launching October 18!

Christmas Light Spectacular

BEGINS NOVEMBER 15, 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And what better place to celebrate than Museum of the Bible? We have an exciting lineup of holiday programming planned that is sure to make everyone’s spirit is merry and bright. 

Intricate light sculptures, digital displays, music, and live performers come together in the Grand Hall in a one-of-a-kind retelling of the Christmas story. Crafted by the same New York-based creative team who brings the Macy’s windows to life every year, this unique, modern depiction of the Star of Bethlehem is sure to brighten your holiday season. 

Floor 1 - Included with admission

Christmas in Malta: Winners of the Nativity Crib Competition

NOVEMBER 16, 2020–MARCH 15, 2021

Constructing handmade nativity scenes set in elaborate landscapes called “cribs” is a centuries-old tradition that carries strong significance in Maltese culture. This year, in partnership with the museum, the nation of Malta sponsored a crib decorating contest. The top ten entries will be featured in this all-new exhibition, Christmas in Malta. Topping out at over 7 feet in diameter, these intricately-sculpted works of art will amaze even the youngest museum guest. 

Floor B1 - Included with admission

Family Fun Nights

NOVEMBER 21, 2020–JANUARY 2, 2021

Bring the whole family to a special evening Christmas celebration at the museum. Beginning November 28, 2020, and running through January 2, the museum will be open every Saturday night from 6:00–8:00 p.m. for a special family celebration. 

Activities will include a spectacular light display, live performances of Follow the Star—a unique retelling of the Christmas story—live music, the  Christmas in Malta exhibition, a Christmas market featuring unique gifts from around the world, special holiday goodies, ornament and gingerbread decorating, and more!   

Floor 1, Floor B1, and the Mezzanine. Cost: $10 (children under 7 are free)

Tickets Available Soon

Sculpting the Nativity with Tim Schmalz

DECEMBER 11, 2020–DECEMBER 13, 2020

Renowned sculptor Tim Schmalz will return to the museum to continue sculptingThe Nativity using this year’s inspiration: Silent Night. While sculpting, Schmalz will describe the process and interact with guests. The sculpture unveiling is planned for December 13, during Family Fun Day, along with an artist Q&A, crafts, and a family scavenger hunt.

Christmas Concert

DECEMBER 4, 2020–JANUARY 3, 2021

The spirit of Christmas comes alive in the World Stage Theater as the Washington area’s most gifted singers and storytellers perform songs of joy, peace, and hope. This rich musical experience will feature hymns and carols, including a showcase of celebratory music from across the globe! You’ll hear traditional Maltese carols as well as familiar classics such as O Holy Night,  Go Tell It on the Mountain,  O Come All Ye Faithful,  What Child Is This, and  Joy to the World. There will be a candlelit Nativity sequence and a traditional sing-a-long of Silent Night.

World Stage Theater, Floor 5   - Included with admission

Special Exhibits

Light of Hope: The Corrie ten Boom Story

Now–January 24, 2021

Included with admission

The Light of Hope: The Corrie ten Boom Story exhibit tells the amazing story of Corrie ten Boom’s life and work. Corrie ten Boom was 48 years old when Nazi troops stormed her hometown of Haarlem in the Netherlands in 1940. She lived with her father and eldest sister, Betsie, running the family’s watch shop out of their house. Following the invasion, Corrie risked her life to help her Jewish neighbors. Motivated in part by the Bible’s teachings to help those in need, Corrie ten Boom is considered by some to be one of the most influential Christian voices of the twentieth century. 

I Am Second White Chair

See the famous I Am Second white chair, where actors, athletes, musicians, and business leaders have sat and shared their stories!

Now on display!

Floor 2 – Impact of the Bible, Bible in the World

Included with admission

The Mayflower Deed

This manuscript is an indenture, which is a legal agreement, between Peter Hills of Redriffe and his nephew, Robert Bell of Redriffe. Here, Hills sells his 13 ships, one of which is “The Mayflowere” in 1610. Bell’s home, Redriffe, is the same area where Christopher Jones, a known ship master and part-owner of the well-known Mayflower, lived. A Robert Bell also used Jones’s Mayflower to ship French wine to England the year before the Pilgrims set sail to America on the ship. This Mayflower listed in the indenture is likely the Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to New England in 1620.

Upcoming Exhibits

Christmas in Malta: Winners of the Nativity Crib Competition

November 15, 2020–March 2021

Come and see the top ten from this year’s competition of nativity scenes created in the Maltese tradition!

The presepju (the Maltese word for "crib") is a Christmas tradition that carries strong significance in Maltese culture. Each year, locally crafted cribs depicting the nativity are created for display in homes and communities. It is a tradition that began in Malta in the seventeenth century and has since become one of national pride. The act of creating the crib, placing the figures, and telling the story acts as a reminder for the Maltese people to focus on the purpose and meaning of Christmas.

The Shroud of Turin: Mystery and Faith

February 19–August 1, 2021

The most famous of all relics, this exhibit will use cutting-edge technology to bring the Shroud of Turin to virtual life. This provides the opportunity to describe the biblical accounts of the burial and resurrection of Jesus, and discuss the fascinating history of the Shroud (including hiding it, Indiana Jones-style, from the Nazis) and new research into the Shroud itself.

Shroud Image

Magna Carta and the Bible

April–October 2021

The Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in history. It is considered the foundation of English common law, and much of its worldwide importance lies in the interpretation of the clauses from which grew the right of the freedom of the individual.

The idea of the Magna Carta inspired revolutionaries and reformers across the centuries. The Constitution of the United States of America, and of many individual states therein, draws on eighteenth-century interpretations of the Magna Carta, which was seen as the people’s reassertion of rights against an oppressive ruler. The United States Bill of Rights incorporated several guarantees that were understood at the time to descend from rights protected by the Magna Carta.

The narrative of the exhibit will explore the contradictions inherent in the story of the Magna Carta, asking how a document that was created in the context of absolute monarchy, feudalism, and deep-seated anti-Semitism came to represent—and still represents—the very foundation of individual liberty, democracy, and the rule of law around the world.

Museum of the Bible will host an exhibit helping guests explore the connections between the Bible and this foundational document on human rights.