Journey to the Grand Opening

A Timeline of Museum of the Bible


  • 2010 — Museum of the Bible established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • March 2011 —makes public debut to gathering of business, government, academic and religious leaders at the Vatican Embassy in Washington
  • July 2012 — Washington Design Center, previously known as the historic Terminal Refrigerating and Warehousing Co., purchased for $50 million as site for forthcoming museum
  • Summer 2014 — Museum architectural concept submission approved by the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts, the local D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission and the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board
  • December 2014 — Crews begin interior demolition process, creating a blank slate for new exhibit build-out
  • February 2015 — Major construction begins
  • September 13, 2016 — “Topping out” celebration for exterior construction completion
  • November 2016 — Completion of interior construction; exhibit installations begin
  • November 17, 2017 — Museum of the Bible’s Grand Opening