Museum Policies

Guest Policy


General Provisions

The security and safety of Museum of the Bible’s (MOTB) guests, volunteers, staff, and collections are of the highest importance. MOTB has adopted and will enforce rules and regulations that may be necessary and appropriate to provide a safe and secure environment.

MOTB may amend, modify, or withdraw any of their rules and regulations at any time if the organization deems it in its best interest to do so. As a private institution, MOTB may exercise the foregoing rights at any time without notice and without liability.

Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations are deemed necessary to ensure the orderly and safe operation of MOTB Property.

Access to MOTB

Access to administrative facilities or restricted areas is limited to authorized MOTB Staff only. MOTB reserves the right to limit access to any of its public facilities and guest areas as it deems fit. MOTB reserves the right to limit, on an as-needed basis, the length of time guests can spend on its property. MOTB reserves the right to close any or all its public spaces due to severe weather or other causes, as needed, and without advanced notice.

Trespassing

Trespassing, entering, or remaining in or upon MOTB Property not open to the public, except with the express consent of MOTB Staff, is prohibited. Any access onto or within any adjacent area under construction or closed to the public is also prohibited.

Storage Services

All MOTB guests must check umbrellas and any other objects deemed by MOTB Staff to be a danger to the exhibits and/or artifacts at Coat Check. MOTB will provide limited storage for allowable guests’ belongings at the Coat Check located off the Grand Hall. All items must be retrieved from Coat Check no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the closing of the museum.

Unattended bags or belongings found anywhere on MOTB Property will be subject to search and removal by MOTB Security Staff. MOTB is not responsible for unattended bags or belongings.

Public Restroom Access

Access to public restrooms inside MOTB is intended for MOTB guests only.

Restroom access for non-MOTB ticket holders in extenuating situations may be granted at the sole discretion of MOTB Security Staff. In such cases, the guest must enter through the main public entrance on 4th Street, pass through security screening, and be escorted to/from the restroom area by MOTB Security Staff.

Re-Entry Into MOTB

Guests are welcome to leave the museum and re-enter for any reason within the same day of their visit. All guests wishing to re-enter must have their tickets stamped by a Guest Services associate on their way out. Upon re-entry, these guests may bypass the entry line at the main public entrance on 4th Street and proceed directly to the Security Vestibule to undergo security screening again.

Conformity with Official Signage

While on MOTB Property, guests shall comply with all official posted signs and regulations.

Interfering with MOTB Staff Functions

Violating the order of or preventing the execution of duties by MOTB Staff in any capacity is prohibited.

Threatening, resisting, intimidating, or intentionally interfering with MOTB Staff is prohibited.

Failure to obey an order to leave MOTB Property, or to re-enter MOTB Property after being removed, is also prohibited.

Tours

MOTB does not permit any unauthorized individual or group of individuals to gather, conduct, or sell paid tours inside of the museum.

Groups who have paid their museum admission fee may conduct tours for members of their group. These tours must adhere to and are subject to all other MOTB guidelines.

The museum does not sanction the content or accuracy of any information provided on any tour that is not conducted by a Museum of the Bible tour guide.

Report of Injury or Damage

All persons suffering bodily injury on MOTB Property, or having knowledge of damage to MOTB Property, are required to report the occurrence(s) to MOTB Staff immediately following the incident. Providing a false report to MOTB Staff is prohibited.

Prohibited Behavior and Disorderly Conduct

Appropriate behavior and conduct is required to provide an informative and meaningful experience for all guests.

Dismissal from MOTB is warranted upon MOTB’s Staff’s determination that a guest has engaged in disorderly or prohibited conduct. Disorderly conduct may include, but is not limited to, any of the following prohibited acts by guests occurring anywhere on MOTB Property:

  1. Any conduct or behavior deemed inappropriate by MOTB staff
  2. MOTB does not permit any unauthorized individual or group of individuals to gather, conduct, or sell paid tours inside of the museum. See Tours section above for more information.
  3. Engaging in sporting and recreational activities
  4. Making noise that is unreasonable, or behaving in a way that is inappropriate (loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language or perform or engage in obscene or indecent acts)
  5. Engaging in fighting, violent, or threatening behavior
  6. Engaging in commercial activities, soliciting, leafleting, hand billing, and/or vending
  7. Loitering or sleeping (including on any of the benches inside the building)
  8. Bathing
  9. For safety and health reasons, appropriate attire and shoes must be worn at all times.
  10. Obstructing the use of public areas such as entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, concourses, offices, elevators, stairways, roadways, driveways, hallways, or walkways
  11. Throwing or dropping any items from or at buildings or persons, or from or at any of the MOTB overlook levels
  12. Interfering with or obstructing authorized vehicular traffic
  13. Impeding or threatening the security of persons or property
  14. Willfully defacing, destroying, damaging, or removing MOTB Property
  15. Smoking (including e-cigarettes and vapors) is prohibited inside MOTB and within twenty-five (25) feet of museum entrances
  16. Gambling
  17. Use of lighters, matches, and candles
  18. Tampering with, damaging, and/or removing any MOTB property including, but not limited to, exhibit and or artifact elements
  19. Demonstrations, protests, or rallies (or display and/or carry placards, signs, banners, barriers, or balloons)
  20. Littering
  21. Eating and/or drinking inside MOTB except in designated areas
  22. Spitting
  23. Use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks

Security Screening and Prohibited Items

All guests and baggage are subject to security screening. Please consider leaving any prohibited or oversized items at home or at the hotel to speed entry. Permissible baggage, handbags, backpacks, shopping bags, and belongings for guests is limited to 8” x 17” x 19” per item. No baggage larger than 8” x 17” x 19” will be permitted into the museum.

All museum guests will pass through magnetometers. Alternative screening techniques, including hand-wanding, are also available.

Guests are prohibited from bringing the following items onto MOTB Property:

  1. Any item deemed inappropriate by MOTB Staff
  2. Marking instruments including spray paint, liquid paint, glass cutters and/or other items that could be used to mark, dye/color, scratch, gouge or otherwise deface property by mechanical or chemical means
  3. Hazardous materials of any kind
  4. Weapons and tools including firearms, realistic replicas of firearms (to include toy guns), ammunition, stun guns, large cutting devices, razor blade tools, knives or scissors (with pointed tips) with a blade that is larger than 2.5 inches, brass knuckles (to include belt buckles resembling brass knuckles), any martial arts weapon(s), slapjacks
  5. Disabling chemicals, including mace, pepper spray, tear gas, chlorine, liquid bleach, or compressed gasses.
  6. Explosives, including fireworks
  7. Noise making or amplification devices, including but not limited to, radios, bull horns, and musical instruments
  8. Alcoholic beverages (factory sealed containers will be allowed to be stored at coat check)
  9. Controlled substances or narcotics which use is strictly prohibited by governmental regulation
  10. Glass bottles
  11. Rope, wire of any kind, tape, or any device used to attach or hang posters onto any structure
  12. Animals/Pets (Except for service animals)
  13. Food and/or drink (except for water and food in a sealed container)
  14. Wagons, bicycles, skateboards, or recreational scooters (powered or manual)
  15. Any other potentially dangerous instruments, armaments or devices which can cause bodily harm to guests, MOTB Staff, or others, and/or physical harm to MOTB property; or any items specifically prohibited to possess as per law in Washington, D.C.

Photography, Videography, and Audio Recordings

MOTB Staff reserves the right to refuse access and/or photo, video, or audio recording rights to any guest or group, at anytime, anywhere on MOTB Property.

Any guests on MOTB Property, including members of the press/news media, must respect all other guests, and must also realize that not all guests wish to be photographed, videotaped, recorded, or bothered in any other manner.

The following are prohibited on MOTB Property, unless otherwise authorized by MOTB’s Communications and Digital Media or External Affairs and Strategy Departments:

  1. Taking photographs, videos, and/or audio recordings for advertising or commercial purposes, which includes, but is not limited to, publishing, selling, reproducing, transferring, distributing, or otherwise commercially exploiting the recorded media in any manner whatsoever
  2. Using tripods and/or professional camera and/or audio recording equipment
  3. If professional camera and/or audio recording equipment is officially authorized for use on MOTB Property, then it is done so on-site at the discretion of MOTB Security Staff.

Inside MOTB, personal photos, video, and/or audio recordings are permitted for private, noncommercial use only, with one exception noted below, and in all cases so long as the activity does not impede pedestrian traffic in any way:

  1. The use of flash is prohibited in all MOTB areas.

Animals and Pets Access

Animals and pets are not allowed on, or inside, MOTB Property (except for service animals).

Sanitation and Refuse

All guests on MOTB Property must dispose of personal refuse and items for recycling in designated receptacles only. Removing objects from trash receptacles is prohibited.

MOTB Artifacts and Exhibitions

Touching any artifact or exhibition item inside MOTB is prohibited, unless expressly authorized by MOTB Staff, or as posted.

Willful Violation

Any person who violates any provision of MOTB Guest Rules and Regulations is subject to dismissal from MOTB Property. In such cases where warranted, the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC) will be contacted for assistance and criminal charges filed.

Emergencies

To report an emergency or suspicious item or activity (See Something, Say Something), immediately inform the nearest Security Officer or Staff Member.


Privacy Policy


1. Introduction

Museum of the Bible, Inc. (hereinafter “MOTB”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy policy describes how we collect and use your personal information and data, in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It applies to all guests and visitors, known through this document as “data subjects.” MOTB is a "data controller.” This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy statement. This statement applies to data subjects. This statement does not form part of any contract to provide services. We may update this statement at any time. It is important that you read this statement, together with any other privacy statement we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.

1.1 Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:

  1. Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  2. Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  3. Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  4. Accurate and kept up to date.
  5. Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  6. Kept securely.

1.2 The kind of information we may hold about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

There are "special categories" of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.

We may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses.
  • Date of birth.
  • Gender.
  • Marital status.
  • Tax ID number.
  • Bank account details, payroll records and tax status information.
  • Driver’s License or Passport information.
  • Tokenized credit card data.
  • Grievance information.
  • Information about your use of our information and communications systems.
  • It is possible we may also collect, store and use the following "special categories" of more sensitive personal information:
  • Information about your race, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
  • Information about your health, including but not limited to any medical conditions, food allergies.

1.3 Information about you if you transact as a guest

Certain limited services are available without being required to log in to or establish an account, also referred to as guest transactions. We will collect personal data, information about any funding instrument used to complete a guest transaction, device information, technical usage data, and geolocation information as necessary to provide the requested guest transactions. If you are an account holder and choose to make a guest transaction, we will collect information about the transaction and may associate it with your account. If you are not an account holder and choose to make a guest transaction, we will collect and store all information you provide and use and share such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

1.4 How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about data subjects through various methods, for example, from ticket sales, donations, gift shop purchases, online gift store purchases, membership registration, receipts, employee or vendor payments, photo ID, etc. Either directly from data subjects or sometimes from a third party acting on our behalf (for example through a booking agency, travel agent or corporate account).

1.5 How we will use information about you

We will only use your personal information when the law allows us. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:

  1. Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you.
  2. Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
  3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate business interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  4. Where you have given us explicit consent to do so.

1.6 We may also use your personal information in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:

  • Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else's interests).
  • Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes or requested for by the police or governmental authorities.

1.7 Situations in which we will use your personal information

We need all the categories of information in the list above primarily to allow us to perform our contract and services with you and to enable us to comply with legal obligations. In some cases, we may use your personal information to pursue legitimate business interests of our own or those of third parties.

  • Administering the contract, we have entered into with you.
  • Business management and planning, including accounting and auditing.
  • Making decisions about grievances.
  • Making arrangements for the termination of a contract.
  • Dealing with legal disputes and insurance claims.
  • Complying with health and safety obligations.
  • To prevent fraud.

To monitor your use of our information and communication systems to ensure compliance with our IT policy, GDPA standards, and laws of the land.

To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorized access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.

To conduct data analytics studies to review and better understand customer satisfaction and needs.

Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.

1.8 If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the services you are seeking, or contract we have entered into with you, or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations (such as to ensure the health and safety of our visitors).

2. Change of purpose

We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for other compelling business reasons and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

3. How we use particularly sensitive personal information

"Special categories" of particularly sensitive personal information require higher levels of protection. We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal information. We may process special categories of personal information in the following circumstances:

  1. In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent;
  2. Where we need to carry out our legal obligations;
  3. Where it is needed in the public interest, such as for requested by police or governmental authorities.

Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else's interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

4. Principles of GDPR

We will use your personal data only in connection with the following principles:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
  2. Purpose limitation
  3. Data minimization
  4. Accuracy
  5. Storage limitation
  6. Integrity and confidentiality

This is the only principle that deals explicitly with security. The GDPR states that personal data must be “processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational measures”.

The GDPR is deliberately vague about what measures organizations should take, because technological and organizational best practices are constantly changing. Currently, organizations should encrypt and/or pseudonymize personal data wherever possible, but they should also consider whatever other options are suitable.

4.1 Do we need your consent?

We do not need your consent if we use special categories of your personal information in accordance with our written policy to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights. In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your written consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If we do so, we will provide you with full details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent. You should be aware that it is not a condition of your contract with us that you agree to any request for consent from us.

4.2 Automated decision-making

Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.

We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, however we will notify you in writing if this position changes.

4.3 Data sharing

We may have to share your data with third parties, including third-party service providers.

We require appointed third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.

We may transfer your personal information outside of the EU.

We have a nominated a GDPR representative within the European Union, who can be contacted directly (dpo@mbible.org).

If we do, you can expect the same degree of protection in respect of your personal information.

4.4 Why might you share my personal information with third parties?

We will share your personal information with third parties where required by law, or where we have another legitimate business interest in doing so, or when we have your explicit consent.

Which third-party service providers process my personal information?

"Third parties" includes third-party service providers (including contractors and designated agents).

How secure is my information with third-party service providers?

All our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

4.5 What about other third parties?

We may share your personal information with other third parties, for example in the context of the possible sale or restructuring of the business. We may also need to share your personal information with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.

4.6 Transferring information outside the EU

We will transfer the personal information we collect about you to our corporate headquarters in order to perform our contract with you, or with your explicit consent.

To ensure that your personal information does receive an adequate level of protection we have put in place the strong security measures to ensure that your personal information is treated by those third parties in a way that is consistent with and which respects the EU and UK laws on data protection: Pursuant to GDPR article 3(2) and article 27.

5. Data security

We have put in place measures to protect the security of your information.

Third parties will only process your personal information on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially, legally and securely.

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

6. Data retention

6.1 How long will you use my information for?

We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances we may anonymize your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further statement to you.

7. Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction

7.1 Your duty to inform us of changes

It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.

7.2 Your rights in connection with personal information

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.

Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).

Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact dpo@mbible.org in writing.

7.3 No fee is usually required.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

7.4 What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

7.5 Right to withdraw consent

In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact dpo@mbible.org. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

8. Data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection manager to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact us at dpo@mbible.org.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

9. Changes to this privacy statement

We reserve the right to update this privacy statement at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy statement when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or if you would like to correct any personal information you have provided, please contact the MOTB’s Information Technology Department here at Contact Us or by mail to 7707 S.W. 44th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73179.

Effective Date

This Privacy Policy is effective as of July 10, 2018.

Acquisition Policy


Museum of the Bible

In support of its mission and vision “We exist to invite all people to engage with the Bible,” the Museum acquires, through purchase, gift, or bequest, or exchange, individual objects and collections that build upon its existing strengths, while recognizing the necessity to extend chronological boundaries and accommodate new media. The Museum is committed to the principle that all collecting be done according to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice.

The Museum is guided by the principles and laws that concern the following:

  1. A. Acquisition Generally
    1. 1. The first responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to protect and develop the assets of The Museum. The chief goal of the Board is to acquire distinguished, high quality artifacts in accordance with The Museum’s Collecting Policy. It is the responsibility of the Board to renew and establish these goals. From this it follows that the Board is responsible for providing adequate, dependable funding in a manner that enables the MOTB to accomplish its goals.
    2. 2. In their deliberations, the Museum President, the Executive Committee, and the Director of the Collection are guided by the following policies, among others, in determining the appropriateness of objects to be added to the permanent collection:
      1. a. The object must conform to and be consistent with established collecting goals of The Museum.
      2. b. Priority should be given to accepting or acquiring objects of unusual quality or rarity, which integrate with and fill a need in the collection, and do not unnecessarily duplicate items already in The Museum’s collections.
      3. c. No object should be acquired if The Museum is unable to give it proper storage, protection and preservation.
      4. d. The Museum should comply with all applicable local, state, and federal U.S. laws, most notably those governing ownership and title, import, and other issues pertinent to acquisition decisions.
      5. e. The Museum should thoroughly research the ownership history of a work prior to its accession, including making a rigorous effort to obtain accurate written documentation with respect to its history, including import and export documents.
      6. f. Where a work is being imported into the U.S. in connection with its acquisition by The Museum, import documentation should be obtained and compliance with the export laws of the country of immediate past export to the U.S. should be confirmed.
      7. g. No object should be acquired if its record of provenance is unsatisfactory or if there is any question concerning legal transfer of title.

        For Nazi-Era Provenance

        Following the Report of the AAMD Task Force on the Spoliation of Art During the Nazi/World War II Era (1933-1945) (dated June 4, 1998 and April 30, 2001) and the AAM Guidelines Concerning the Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era (dated November, 1999 and April, 2001), the Museum will, as part of the standard research on each acquisition, ask sellers, donors, and estate executors to provide as much information as possible with regard to the Nazi era. Where Nazi-era provenance is incomplete or uncertain, the museum will consult available records as well as publications and databases that track illegally appropriated art. In the absence of evidence of illegal appropriation, the work is presumed not to have been illegally appropriated and the acquisition may proceed. The Museum will not acquire a work of art if there is evidence of illegal appropriation without subsequent restitution or other satisfactory resolution of title.

        For Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art

        Following the AAMD Report on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art (dated June 4, 2008), the Museum recognizes the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (dated Nov. 17, 1970) as providing the most pertinent threshold for the application of more rigorous standards to the acquisition of archaeological materials and ancient art. The Museum will therefore not normally acquire archaeological materials and ancient art unless research substantiates that the work was outside its country of probable modern discovery before Nov. 17, 1970, or was legally exported from its country of probable modern discovery on or after Nov. 17, 1970.

        1. i. Where even after the most extensive research, a work lacks a complete documented ownership history, the Museum may acquire it only if:
          1. 1. Based on the results of provenance research, the museum can make an informed judgment that the work was outside its probable country of modern discovery before 1970 or legally exported from its probable country of modern discovery after 1970, or
          2. 2. The cumulative facts and circumstances known to the Museum after compliance with the above procedures allow it to make an informed judgment to acquire the work, consistent with the Statement of Principles above. Examples of such facts and circumstances include, but are not limited to:
            1. a. The number, place and circumstances of independent exhibition(s) of the work;
            2. b. The number, type and circulation of publication(s) of the work;
            3. c. The length of time and place of public display(s) of the work;
            4. d. The provenance history of other works excavated from the same site or area;
            5. e. The prior owner(s) of the work and any claims made against them with respect to other works; and
            6. f. Communications regarding the work between the country of modern discovery and the current owner, a prior owner, or the Museum.
        2. ii. In the circumstances described in Item 2.g.i above, the Museum will carefully balance the possible financial and reputational harm of acquiring the work against the benefit of collecting, presenting, and preserving the work in trust for the educational benefit of present and future generations.
        3. iii. In the circumstances described in Item 2.g.i above, the Museum will post on the AAMD object registry an image of the work (or representative images in the case of groups of objects) and its provenance as well as an explanation of why the acquisition of the work is consistent with the policies and procedures.
      8. h. Title to all objects acquired for the collections should be obtained free and clear without restrictions as to use or future disposition.
      9. i. No object should be accepted with an attribution or circumstances of exhibition guaranteed in perpetuity.
      10. j. The Museum reserves the right to accept or refuse any donation of collection material or any part thereof made to it.
  2. B. Acquisition by Gift or Donation
    1. 3. Funds available to The Museum for the purchase of artifacts are subject to the control of the Board, but may be appropriated to the Director of the Collection by the Board at its discretion.
    2. 4. The Curator or Director proposing the donation will recommend whether to accept or decline a gift or bequest to the Director of Collections in writing. Each acquisition proposal will be accompanied by a written recommendation from the relevant Curator to the Department head or Director that:
      1. a. Provides pertinent (“tombstone”) information about the object, including a basic description of the work, materials, date, seller/donor and suggested credit line,
      2. b. Describes the importance of the object in the context of the Departmental Collection Strategy,
      3. c. Provides donor information (for gifts and bequests)
      4. d. Provides all available provenance information.
      5. e. If possible, each acquisition proposal will also include a written condition report from the Registrar that addresses:
        1. i. Authenticity of materials and/or technique, condition, and
        2. ii. Any significant costs or factors relating to conservation, installation, and storage.
      6. f. As part of its standard procedure for all proposed gifts, the Museum will:
        1. iii. Require sellers, donors, and their representatives to provide all information of which they have knowledge, and documentation that they possess, related to the work being offered to the museum, as well as appropriate warranties.
        2. iv. Substantiate the account of ownership history provided by the donor or vendor by obtaining documentary evidence of an object’s provenance (including, but not limited to: a dated bill of sale or sales receipt, will, inventory, auction catalogue, published reference, exhibition record, correspondence, photograph), or, in exceptional cases, if documentary evidence cannot be obtained, a signed statement from the donor or vendor that confirms the accuracy of the account.
        3. v. The Director must ensure that best efforts are made to determine the ownership history of a work of art considered for acquisition. The Director must not knowingly allow to be recommended for acquisition – or permit the museum to acquire – any work of art that has been stolen (without appropriate resolution of such theft) or illegally imported into the jurisdiction in which the museum is located.With respect to acquisitions covered by Section 2.g.i above, the Director must cause the posting contemplated under the section to be made.
    3. 5. Artifacts offered as gifts, from whatever source, are presented to the Museum President and the Executive Committee by the Director of the Collection with his/her recommendation. The Executive Committee may follow or reject the Museum President’s recommendation, except that it may not direct that an item be entered into the permanent collection without the concurrence of the Museum President.
    4. 6. Objects will not be re-housed, preserved, cataloged, or made available for use by researchers until ownership has been transferred to The Museum.
    5. 7. Unsolicited objects offered as potential acquisitions for the Museum's collections are considered to be in the temporary custody of the Museum. If the acquisition of an unsolicited object is approved, the object will be formally accessioned into the collections and the Temporary Custody document will be retained in the object accession file.
    6. 8. Unsolicited objects dropped off at The Museum are not required to be accepted. Unwanted, unsolicited objects will be returned to the source, if the source is known. If the source is not known, Museum staff will attempt to locate an appropriate repository for the object and if unsuccessful, the object may be considered abandoned property under the meaning of the Oklahoma Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, and action will be taken according to these regulations.
    7. 9. The Director of the Collection will insure that a valid “Deed of Gift” is created to document transfer of ownership for works of art acquired by The Museum, and that valid provenance documents are secured for items donated to The Museum. These documents will describe the object(s) to which they pertain, record the value or purchase price, convey title and ownership to The Museum, and in the case of gifts, be signed in agreement by the donor(s) and duly authorized officer of The Museum. Deeds of Gift and Bills of Sale will be filed in each object’s permanent records.
    8. 10. A letter of thanks to a donor from the Director of the Collection, or an appropriate form, along with a signed copy of the Deed of Gift, will operate as the official receipt for the donor’s purposes. It will set forth an adequate description of the objects involved and the conditions for transfer as a gift.
    9. 11. Records of accession should be made and retained for all objects acquired, including instrument of conveyance signed by the donor; adequate description of all objects in an accession; and as complete and adequate documentation of each object received and its history as can be obtained from the donor.
    10. 12. If the Museum, as a result of its continuing research, gains information that establishes another party's right to ownership of a work, the Museum shall bring this information to the attention of the party, and if the case warrants, initiate the return of the work to that party. In the event that a third party brings to the attention of the Museum information supporting the party's claim to a work, the Museum shall respond promptly and responsibly and take whatever steps are necessary to address this claim, including, if warranted, returning the work.

Delivery Policy


Museum of the Bible offers standard shipping of one to five business days, but does also offer other expedited options. Ground, 2-day Air, Saturday Delivery and overnight shipping are all available to meet your needs. If shipping preferences are not specified at the time of purchase, we will ship your product using the most cost-effective and dependable method available via UPS or USPS. The shipping cost will be calculated on factors such as weight, day of delivery, and shipping distance. All orders must be paid in full before the item is shipped. All orders received by 1pm CST will be shipped out that same day. All orders will be shipped out within 2 business days.


Return Policy


Based on which product you have purchased, you have 30-90 calendar days to return or exchange an item from the date you received it.


Product Refund Exchange Fees
Donations Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
E-Store Products 90 Days 90 Days N/A
Attraction or Guided Tour Tickets Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Curriculum (Physical Textbook) 30 Days N/A 15% Restocking
Curriculum (E-Book) Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Theater Tickets Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Memberships Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Museum Retail Store Products 90 Days 90 Days N/A

To be eligible for a return or exchange, your item must meet all the following criteria:

  • Unused and in new condition
  • Receipt or proof of purchase
  • Post marked within allotted timeframe stated above.

Refunds

Once we receive your item, we will notify you that we have received your returned item. If your return is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card (or original method of payment). You will receive the credit within a certain amount of days, depending on your card issuer's policies.

Shipping

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are nonrefundable. For additional information, please contact us at customerservice@mbible.org.

Damaged Goods

If your shipment is damaged, please contact customerservice@mbible.org for exchange instructions.


Guest Policy

Guest Policy


General Provisions

The security and safety of Museum of the Bible’s (MOTB) guests, volunteers, staff, and collections are of the highest importance. MOTB has adopted and will enforce rules and regulations that may be necessary and appropriate to provide a safe and secure environment.

MOTB may amend, modify, or withdraw any of their rules and regulations at any time if the organization deems it in its best interest to do so. As a private institution, MOTB may exercise the foregoing rights at any time without notice and without liability.

Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations are deemed necessary to ensure the orderly and safe operation of MOTB Property.

Access to MOTB

Access to administrative facilities or restricted areas is limited to authorized MOTB Staff only. MOTB reserves the right to limit access to any of its public facilities and guest areas as it deems fit. MOTB reserves the right to limit, on an as-needed basis, the length of time guests can spend on its property. MOTB reserves the right to close any or all its public spaces due to severe weather or other causes, as needed, and without advanced notice.

Trespassing

Trespassing, entering, or remaining in or upon MOTB Property not open to the public, except with the express consent of MOTB Staff, is prohibited. Any access onto or within any adjacent area under construction or closed to the public is also prohibited.

Storage Services

All MOTB guests must check umbrellas and any other objects deemed by MOTB Staff to be a danger to the exhibits and/or artifacts at Coat Check. MOTB will provide limited storage for allowable guests’ belongings at the Coat Check located off the Grand Hall. All items must be retrieved from Coat Check no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the closing of the museum.

Unattended bags or belongings found anywhere on MOTB Property will be subject to search and removal by MOTB Security Staff. MOTB is not responsible for unattended bags or belongings.

Public Restroom Access

Access to public restrooms inside MOTB is intended for MOTB guests only.

Restroom access for non-MOTB ticket holders in extenuating situations may be granted at the sole discretion of MOTB Security Staff. In such cases, the guest must enter through the main public entrance on 4th Street, pass through security screening, and be escorted to/from the restroom area by MOTB Security Staff.

Re-Entry Into MOTB

Guests are welcome to leave the museum and re-enter for any reason within the same day of their visit. All guests wishing to re-enter must have their tickets stamped by a Guest Services associate on their way out. Upon re-entry, these guests may bypass the entry line at the main public entrance on 4th Street and proceed directly to the Security Vestibule to undergo security screening again.

Conformity with Official Signage

While on MOTB Property, guests shall comply with all official posted signs and regulations.

Interfering with MOTB Staff Functions

Violating the order of or preventing the execution of duties by MOTB Staff in any capacity is prohibited.

Threatening, resisting, intimidating, or intentionally interfering with MOTB Staff is prohibited.

Failure to obey an order to leave MOTB Property, or to re-enter MOTB Property after being removed, is also prohibited.

Tours

MOTB does not permit any unauthorized individual or group of individuals to gather, conduct, or sell paid tours inside of the museum.

Groups who have paid their museum admission fee may conduct tours for members of their group. These tours must adhere to and are subject to all other MOTB guidelines.

The museum does not sanction the content or accuracy of any information provided on any tour that is not conducted by a Museum of the Bible tour guide.

Report of Injury or Damage

All persons suffering bodily injury on MOTB Property, or having knowledge of damage to MOTB Property, are required to report the occurrence(s) to MOTB Staff immediately following the incident. Providing a false report to MOTB Staff is prohibited.

Prohibited Behavior and Disorderly Conduct

Appropriate behavior and conduct is required to provide an informative and meaningful experience for all guests.

Dismissal from MOTB is warranted upon MOTB’s Staff’s determination that a guest has engaged in disorderly or prohibited conduct. Disorderly conduct may include, but is not limited to, any of the following prohibited acts by guests occurring anywhere on MOTB Property:

  1. Any conduct or behavior deemed inappropriate by MOTB staff
  2. MOTB does not permit any unauthorized individual or group of individuals to gather, conduct, or sell paid tours inside of the museum. See Tours section above for more information.
  3. Engaging in sporting and recreational activities
  4. Making noise that is unreasonable, or behaving in a way that is inappropriate (loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language or perform or engage in obscene or indecent acts)
  5. Engaging in fighting, violent, or threatening behavior
  6. Engaging in commercial activities, soliciting, leafleting, hand billing, and/or vending
  7. Loitering or sleeping (including on any of the benches inside the building)
  8. Bathing
  9. For safety and health reasons, appropriate attire and shoes must be worn at all times.
  10. Obstructing the use of public areas such as entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, concourses, offices, elevators, stairways, roadways, driveways, hallways, or walkways
  11. Throwing or dropping any items from or at buildings or persons, or from or at any of the MOTB overlook levels
  12. Interfering with or obstructing authorized vehicular traffic
  13. Impeding or threatening the security of persons or property
  14. Willfully defacing, destroying, damaging, or removing MOTB Property
  15. Smoking (including e-cigarettes and vapors) is prohibited inside MOTB and within twenty-five (25) feet of museum entrances
  16. Gambling
  17. Use of lighters, matches, and candles
  18. Tampering with, damaging, and/or removing any MOTB property including, but not limited to, exhibit and or artifact elements
  19. Demonstrations, protests, or rallies (or display and/or carry placards, signs, banners, barriers, or balloons)
  20. Littering
  21. Eating and/or drinking inside MOTB except in designated areas
  22. Spitting
  23. Use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks

Security Screening and Prohibited Items

All guests and baggage are subject to security screening. Please consider leaving any prohibited or oversized items at home or at the hotel to speed entry. Permissible baggage, handbags, backpacks, shopping bags, and belongings for guests is limited to 8” x 17” x 19” per item. No baggage larger than 8” x 17” x 19” will be permitted into the museum.

All museum guests will pass through magnetometers. Alternative screening techniques, including hand-wanding, are also available.

Guests are prohibited from bringing the following items onto MOTB Property:

  1. Any item deemed inappropriate by MOTB Staff
  2. Marking instruments including spray paint, liquid paint, glass cutters and/or other items that could be used to mark, dye/color, scratch, gouge or otherwise deface property by mechanical or chemical means
  3. Hazardous materials of any kind
  4. Weapons and tools including firearms, realistic replicas of firearms (to include toy guns), ammunition, stun guns, large cutting devices, razor blade tools, knives or scissors (with pointed tips) with a blade that is larger than 2.5 inches, brass knuckles (to include belt buckles resembling brass knuckles), any martial arts weapon(s), slapjacks
  5. Disabling chemicals, including mace, pepper spray, tear gas, chlorine, liquid bleach, or compressed gasses.
  6. Explosives, including fireworks
  7. Noise making or amplification devices, including but not limited to, radios, bull horns, and musical instruments
  8. Alcoholic beverages (factory sealed containers will be allowed to be stored at coat check)
  9. Controlled substances or narcotics which use is strictly prohibited by governmental regulation
  10. Glass bottles
  11. Rope, wire of any kind, tape, or any device used to attach or hang posters onto any structure
  12. Animals/Pets (Except for service animals)
  13. Food and/or drink (except for water and food in a sealed container)
  14. Wagons, bicycles, skateboards, or recreational scooters (powered or manual)
  15. Any other potentially dangerous instruments, armaments or devices which can cause bodily harm to guests, MOTB Staff, or others, and/or physical harm to MOTB property; or any items specifically prohibited to possess as per law in Washington, D.C.

Photography, Videography, and Audio Recordings

MOTB Staff reserves the right to refuse access and/or photo, video, or audio recording rights to any guest or group, at anytime, anywhere on MOTB Property.

Any guests on MOTB Property, including members of the press/news media, must respect all other guests, and must also realize that not all guests wish to be photographed, videotaped, recorded, or bothered in any other manner.

The following are prohibited on MOTB Property, unless otherwise authorized by MOTB’s Communications and Digital Media or External Affairs and Strategy Departments:

  1. Taking photographs, videos, and/or audio recordings for advertising or commercial purposes, which includes, but is not limited to, publishing, selling, reproducing, transferring, distributing, or otherwise commercially exploiting the recorded media in any manner whatsoever
  2. Using tripods and/or professional camera and/or audio recording equipment
  3. If professional camera and/or audio recording equipment is officially authorized for use on MOTB Property, then it is done so on-site at the discretion of MOTB Security Staff.

Inside MOTB, personal photos, video, and/or audio recordings are permitted for private, noncommercial use only, with one exception noted below, and in all cases so long as the activity does not impede pedestrian traffic in any way:

  1. The use of flash is prohibited in all MOTB areas.

Animals and Pets Access

Animals and pets are not allowed on, or inside, MOTB Property (except for service animals).

Sanitation and Refuse

All guests on MOTB Property must dispose of personal refuse and items for recycling in designated receptacles only. Removing objects from trash receptacles is prohibited.

MOTB Artifacts and Exhibitions

Touching any artifact or exhibition item inside MOTB is prohibited, unless expressly authorized by MOTB Staff, or as posted.

Willful Violation

Any person who violates any provision of MOTB Guest Rules and Regulations is subject to dismissal from MOTB Property. In such cases where warranted, the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC) will be contacted for assistance and criminal charges filed.

Emergencies

To report an emergency or suspicious item or activity (See Something, Say Something), immediately inform the nearest Security Officer or Staff Member.



Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy


1. Introduction

Museum of the Bible, Inc. (hereinafter “MOTB”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy policy describes how we collect and use your personal information and data, in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It applies to all guests and visitors, known through this document as “data subjects.” MOTB is a "data controller.” This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy statement. This statement applies to data subjects. This statement does not form part of any contract to provide services. We may update this statement at any time. It is important that you read this statement, together with any other privacy statement we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.

1.1 Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:

  1. Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  2. Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  3. Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  4. Accurate and kept up to date.
  5. Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  6. Kept securely.

1.2 The kind of information we may hold about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

There are "special categories" of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.

We may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses.
  • Date of birth.
  • Gender.
  • Marital status.
  • Tax ID number.
  • Bank account details, payroll records and tax status information.
  • Driver’s License or Passport information.
  • Tokenized credit card data.
  • Grievance information.
  • Information about your use of our information and communications systems.
  • It is possible we may also collect, store and use the following "special categories" of more sensitive personal information:
  • Information about your race, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
  • Information about your health, including but not limited to any medical conditions, food allergies.

1.3 Information about you if you transact as a guest

Certain limited services are available without being required to log in to or establish an account, also referred to as guest transactions. We will collect personal data, information about any funding instrument used to complete a guest transaction, device information, technical usage data, and geolocation information as necessary to provide the requested guest transactions. If you are an account holder and choose to make a guest transaction, we will collect information about the transaction and may associate it with your account. If you are not an account holder and choose to make a guest transaction, we will collect and store all information you provide and use and share such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

1.4 How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about data subjects through various methods, for example, from ticket sales, donations, gift shop purchases, online gift store purchases, membership registration, receipts, employee or vendor payments, photo ID, etc. Either directly from data subjects or sometimes from a third party acting on our behalf (for example through a booking agency, travel agent or corporate account).

1.5 How we will use information about you

We will only use your personal information when the law allows us. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:

  1. Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you.
  2. Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
  3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate business interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  4. Where you have given us explicit consent to do so.

1.6 We may also use your personal information in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:

  • Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else's interests).
  • Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes or requested for by the police or governmental authorities.

1.7 Situations in which we will use your personal information

We need all the categories of information in the list above primarily to allow us to perform our contract and services with you and to enable us to comply with legal obligations. In some cases, we may use your personal information to pursue legitimate business interests of our own or those of third parties.

  • Administering the contract, we have entered into with you.
  • Business management and planning, including accounting and auditing.
  • Making decisions about grievances.
  • Making arrangements for the termination of a contract.
  • Dealing with legal disputes and insurance claims.
  • Complying with health and safety obligations.
  • To prevent fraud.

To monitor your use of our information and communication systems to ensure compliance with our IT policy, GDPA standards, and laws of the land.

To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorized access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.

To conduct data analytics studies to review and better understand customer satisfaction and needs.

Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.

1.8 If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the services you are seeking, or contract we have entered into with you, or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations (such as to ensure the health and safety of our visitors).

2. Change of purpose

We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for other compelling business reasons and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

3. How we use particularly sensitive personal information

"Special categories" of particularly sensitive personal information require higher levels of protection. We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal information. We may process special categories of personal information in the following circumstances:

  1. In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent;
  2. Where we need to carry out our legal obligations;
  3. Where it is needed in the public interest, such as for requested by police or governmental authorities.

Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else's interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

4. Principles of GDPR

We will use your personal data only in connection with the following principles:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
  2. Purpose limitation
  3. Data minimization
  4. Accuracy
  5. Storage limitation
  6. Integrity and confidentiality

This is the only principle that deals explicitly with security. The GDPR states that personal data must be “processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational measures”.

The GDPR is deliberately vague about what measures organizations should take, because technological and organizational best practices are constantly changing. Currently, organizations should encrypt and/or pseudonymize personal data wherever possible, but they should also consider whatever other options are suitable.

4.1 Do we need your consent?

We do not need your consent if we use special categories of your personal information in accordance with our written policy to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights. In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your written consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If we do so, we will provide you with full details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent. You should be aware that it is not a condition of your contract with us that you agree to any request for consent from us.

4.2 Automated decision-making

Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.

We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, however we will notify you in writing if this position changes.

4.3 Data sharing

We may have to share your data with third parties, including third-party service providers.

We require appointed third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.

We may transfer your personal information outside of the EU.

We have a nominated a GDPR representative within the European Union, who can be contacted directly (dpo@mbible.org).

If we do, you can expect the same degree of protection in respect of your personal information.

4.4 Why might you share my personal information with third parties?

We will share your personal information with third parties where required by law, or where we have another legitimate business interest in doing so, or when we have your explicit consent.

Which third-party service providers process my personal information?

"Third parties" includes third-party service providers (including contractors and designated agents).

How secure is my information with third-party service providers?

All our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

4.5 What about other third parties?

We may share your personal information with other third parties, for example in the context of the possible sale or restructuring of the business. We may also need to share your personal information with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.

4.6 Transferring information outside the EU

We will transfer the personal information we collect about you to our corporate headquarters in order to perform our contract with you, or with your explicit consent.

To ensure that your personal information does receive an adequate level of protection we have put in place the strong security measures to ensure that your personal information is treated by those third parties in a way that is consistent with and which respects the EU and UK laws on data protection: Pursuant to GDPR article 3(2) and article 27.

5. Data security

We have put in place measures to protect the security of your information.

Third parties will only process your personal information on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially, legally and securely.

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

6. Data retention

6.1 How long will you use my information for?

We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances we may anonymize your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further statement to you.

7. Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction

7.1 Your duty to inform us of changes

It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.

7.2 Your rights in connection with personal information

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.

Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).

Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact dpo@mbible.org in writing.

7.3 No fee is usually required.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

7.4 What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

7.5 Right to withdraw consent

In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact dpo@mbible.org. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

8. Data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection manager to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact us at dpo@mbible.org.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

9. Changes to this privacy statement

We reserve the right to update this privacy statement at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy statement when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or if you would like to correct any personal information you have provided, please contact the MOTB’s Information Technology Department here at Contact Us or by mail to 7707 S.W. 44th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73179.

Effective Date

This Privacy Policy is effective as of July 10, 2018.


Acquisition Policy

Acquisition Policy


Museum of the Bible

In support of its mission and vision “We exist to invite all people to engage with the Bible,” the Museum acquires, through purchase, gift, or bequest, or exchange, individual objects and collections that build upon its existing strengths, while recognizing the necessity to extend chronological boundaries and accommodate new media. The Museum is committed to the principle that all collecting be done according to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice.

The Museum is guided by the principles and laws that concern the following:

  1. A. Acquisition Generally
    1. 1. The first responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to protect and develop the assets of The Museum. The chief goal of the Board is to acquire distinguished, high quality artifacts in accordance with The Museum’s Collecting Policy. It is the responsibility of the Board to renew and establish these goals. From this it follows that the Board is responsible for providing adequate, dependable funding in a manner that enables the MOTB to accomplish its goals.
    2. 2. In their deliberations, the Museum President, the Executive Committee, and the Director of the Collection are guided by the following policies, among others, in determining the appropriateness of objects to be added to the permanent collection:
      1. a. The object must conform to and be consistent with established collecting goals of The Museum.
      2. b. Priority should be given to accepting or acquiring objects of unusual quality or rarity, which integrate with and fill a need in the collection, and do not unnecessarily duplicate items already in The Museum’s collections.
      3. c. No object should be acquired if The Museum is unable to give it proper storage, protection and preservation.
      4. d. The Museum should comply with all applicable local, state, and federal U.S. laws, most notably those governing ownership and title, import, and other issues pertinent to acquisition decisions.
      5. e. The Museum should thoroughly research the ownership history of a work prior to its accession, including making a rigorous effort to obtain accurate written documentation with respect to its history, including import and export documents.
      6. f. Where a work is being imported into the U.S. in connection with its acquisition by The Museum, import documentation should be obtained and compliance with the export laws of the country of immediate past export to the U.S. should be confirmed.
      7. g. No object should be acquired if its record of provenance is unsatisfactory or if there is any question concerning legal transfer of title.

        For Nazi-Era Provenance

        Following the Report of the AAMD Task Force on the Spoliation of Art During the Nazi/World War II Era (1933-1945) (dated June 4, 1998 and April 30, 2001) and the AAM Guidelines Concerning the Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era (dated November, 1999 and April, 2001), the Museum will, as part of the standard research on each acquisition, ask sellers, donors, and estate executors to provide as much information as possible with regard to the Nazi era. Where Nazi-era provenance is incomplete or uncertain, the museum will consult available records as well as publications and databases that track illegally appropriated art. In the absence of evidence of illegal appropriation, the work is presumed not to have been illegally appropriated and the acquisition may proceed. The Museum will not acquire a work of art if there is evidence of illegal appropriation without subsequent restitution or other satisfactory resolution of title.

        For Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art

        Following the AAMD Report on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art (dated June 4, 2008), the Museum recognizes the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (dated Nov. 17, 1970) as providing the most pertinent threshold for the application of more rigorous standards to the acquisition of archaeological materials and ancient art. The Museum will therefore not normally acquire archaeological materials and ancient art unless research substantiates that the work was outside its country of probable modern discovery before Nov. 17, 1970, or was legally exported from its country of probable modern discovery on or after Nov. 17, 1970.

        1. i. Where even after the most extensive research, a work lacks a complete documented ownership history, the Museum may acquire it only if:
          1. 1. Based on the results of provenance research, the museum can make an informed judgment that the work was outside its probable country of modern discovery before 1970 or legally exported from its probable country of modern discovery after 1970, or
          2. 2. The cumulative facts and circumstances known to the Museum after compliance with the above procedures allow it to make an informed judgment to acquire the work, consistent with the Statement of Principles above. Examples of such facts and circumstances include, but are not limited to:
            1. a. The number, place and circumstances of independent exhibition(s) of the work;
            2. b. The number, type and circulation of publication(s) of the work;
            3. c. The length of time and place of public display(s) of the work;
            4. d. The provenance history of other works excavated from the same site or area;
            5. e. The prior owner(s) of the work and any claims made against them with respect to other works; and
            6. f. Communications regarding the work between the country of modern discovery and the current owner, a prior owner, or the Museum.
        2. ii. In the circumstances described in Item 2.g.i above, the Museum will carefully balance the possible financial and reputational harm of acquiring the work against the benefit of collecting, presenting, and preserving the work in trust for the educational benefit of present and future generations.
        3. iii. In the circumstances described in Item 2.g.i above, the Museum will post on the AAMD object registry an image of the work (or representative images in the case of groups of objects) and its provenance as well as an explanation of why the acquisition of the work is consistent with the policies and procedures.
      8. h. Title to all objects acquired for the collections should be obtained free and clear without restrictions as to use or future disposition.
      9. i. No object should be accepted with an attribution or circumstances of exhibition guaranteed in perpetuity.
      10. j. The Museum reserves the right to accept or refuse any donation of collection material or any part thereof made to it.
  2. B. Acquisition by Gift or Donation
    1. 3. Funds available to The Museum for the purchase of artifacts are subject to the control of the Board, but may be appropriated to the Director of the Collection by the Board at its discretion.
    2. 4. The Curator or Director proposing the donation will recommend whether to accept or decline a gift or bequest to the Director of Collections in writing. Each acquisition proposal will be accompanied by a written recommendation from the relevant Curator to the Department head or Director that:
      1. a. Provides pertinent (“tombstone”) information about the object, including a basic description of the work, materials, date, seller/donor and suggested credit line,
      2. b. Describes the importance of the object in the context of the Departmental Collection Strategy,
      3. c. Provides donor information (for gifts and bequests)
      4. d. Provides all available provenance information.
      5. e. If possible, each acquisition proposal will also include a written condition report from the Registrar that addresses:
        1. i. Authenticity of materials and/or technique, condition, and
        2. ii. Any significant costs or factors relating to conservation, installation, and storage.
      6. f. As part of its standard procedure for all proposed gifts, the Museum will:
        1. iii. Require sellers, donors, and their representatives to provide all information of which they have knowledge, and documentation that they possess, related to the work being offered to the museum, as well as appropriate warranties.
        2. iv. Substantiate the account of ownership history provided by the donor or vendor by obtaining documentary evidence of an object’s provenance (including, but not limited to: a dated bill of sale or sales receipt, will, inventory, auction catalogue, published reference, exhibition record, correspondence, photograph), or, in exceptional cases, if documentary evidence cannot be obtained, a signed statement from the donor or vendor that confirms the accuracy of the account.
        3. v. The Director must ensure that best efforts are made to determine the ownership history of a work of art considered for acquisition. The Director must not knowingly allow to be recommended for acquisition – or permit the museum to acquire – any work of art that has been stolen (without appropriate resolution of such theft) or illegally imported into the jurisdiction in which the museum is located.With respect to acquisitions covered by Section 2.g.i above, the Director must cause the posting contemplated under the section to be made.
    3. 5. Artifacts offered as gifts, from whatever source, are presented to the Museum President and the Executive Committee by the Director of the Collection with his/her recommendation. The Executive Committee may follow or reject the Museum President’s recommendation, except that it may not direct that an item be entered into the permanent collection without the concurrence of the Museum President.
    4. 6. Objects will not be re-housed, preserved, cataloged, or made available for use by researchers until ownership has been transferred to The Museum.
    5. 7. Unsolicited objects offered as potential acquisitions for the Museum's collections are considered to be in the temporary custody of the Museum. If the acquisition of an unsolicited object is approved, the object will be formally accessioned into the collections and the Temporary Custody document will be retained in the object accession file.
    6. 8. Unsolicited objects dropped off at The Museum are not required to be accepted. Unwanted, unsolicited objects will be returned to the source, if the source is known. If the source is not known, Museum staff will attempt to locate an appropriate repository for the object and if unsuccessful, the object may be considered abandoned property under the meaning of the Oklahoma Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, and action will be taken according to these regulations.
    7. 9. The Director of the Collection will insure that a valid “Deed of Gift” is created to document transfer of ownership for works of art acquired by The Museum, and that valid provenance documents are secured for items donated to The Museum. These documents will describe the object(s) to which they pertain, record the value or purchase price, convey title and ownership to The Museum, and in the case of gifts, be signed in agreement by the donor(s) and duly authorized officer of The Museum. Deeds of Gift and Bills of Sale will be filed in each object’s permanent records.
    8. 10. A letter of thanks to a donor from the Director of the Collection, or an appropriate form, along with a signed copy of the Deed of Gift, will operate as the official receipt for the donor’s purposes. It will set forth an adequate description of the objects involved and the conditions for transfer as a gift.
    9. 11. Records of accession should be made and retained for all objects acquired, including instrument of conveyance signed by the donor; adequate description of all objects in an accession; and as complete and adequate documentation of each object received and its history as can be obtained from the donor.
    10. 12. If the Museum, as a result of its continuing research, gains information that establishes another party's right to ownership of a work, the Museum shall bring this information to the attention of the party, and if the case warrants, initiate the return of the work to that party. In the event that a third party brings to the attention of the Museum information supporting the party's claim to a work, the Museum shall respond promptly and responsibly and take whatever steps are necessary to address this claim, including, if warranted, returning the work.

Delivery Policy

Delivery Policy


Museum of the Bible offers standard shipping of one to five business days, but does also offer other expedited options. Ground, 2-day Air, Saturday Delivery and overnight shipping are all available to meet your needs. If shipping preferences are not specified at the time of purchase, we will ship your product using the most cost-effective and dependable method available via UPS or USPS. The shipping cost will be calculated on factors such as weight, day of delivery, and shipping distance. All orders must be paid in full before the item is shipped. All orders received by 1pm CST will be shipped out that same day. All orders will be shipped out within 2 business days.



Return Policy

Return Policy


Based on which product you have purchased, you have 30-90 calendar days to return or exchange an item from the date you received it.


Product Refund Exchange Fees
Donations Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
E-Store Products 90 Days 90 Days N/A
Attraction or Guided Tour Tickets Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Curriculum (Physical Textbook) 30 Days N/A 15% Restocking
Curriculum (E-Book) Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Theater Tickets Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Memberships Non-Refundable No Exchanges N/A
Museum Retail Store Products 90 Days 90 Days N/A

To be eligible for a return or exchange, your item must meet all the following criteria:

  • Unused and in new condition
  • Receipt or proof of purchase
  • Post marked within allotted timeframe stated above.

Refunds

Once we receive your item, we will notify you that we have received your returned item. If your return is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card (or original method of payment). You will receive the credit within a certain amount of days, depending on your card issuer's policies.

Shipping

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are nonrefundable. For additional information, please contact us at customerservice@mbible.org.

Damaged Goods

If your shipment is damaged, please contact customerservice@mbible.org for exchange instructions.




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