Moment-by-Moment

Museum’s Grand Opening Events in Review

After the many years of preparation and hard work that went into making Museum of the Bible a reality, it seemed only fitting to commemorate the Grand Opening with a multi-day, multi-event celebration. Here are just a few of the highlights from the festivities:

Member Days

A tremendous pre-opening experience was offered exclusively to members and their guests between November 14 and 16: an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits, experience the attractions and sample the cuisine before the official opening to the general public.

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Friday, November 17, 2017

Faith and secular leaders from across the globe came to Museum of the Bible, one day prior to doors officially opening to the public, for the dedication.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, read a message from Pope Francis at the dedication, beautifully commemorating the occasion and celebrating the opening of the museum.

Notable guests included:

  • Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, chief of chaplains of the U.S. Navy
  • Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director of the Orthodox Union
  • U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black
  • U.S. House of Representatives Chaplain Pat Conroy
  • Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.

World Stage Theater's Inaugural Performance

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Museum of the Bible raised the curtain on our new, state-of-the-art World Stage Theater with a rousing performance of Amazing Grace, the inspirational Broadway musical. This occasion marks the first production of any kind held in the new theater. Tickets are available here.

"It is appropriate in the nation’s capital, where we have soaring museums and monuments, and where people visit us from around the world that Museum of the Bible would be built here."
Mayor Muriel Bowser — Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Gala Events

Dignitaries, VIPs, museum staff and supporters gathered for a night of celebration at our Grand Opening Gala. The guests shared a spectacular meal and were entertained by the likes of world-renowned Grammy nominee vocal artist Wintley Phipps and two-time Grammy nominee recording artist Amick Byram, before closing the evening with the performance of Amazing Grace.