Museum of the Bible will close from Monday 3/16 through Sunday 3/22

Published: Mar 13, 2020

Posted In: Press Releases

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 – Museum of the Bible announced today that it will close to the public from Monday, March 16th, through Sunday, March 22nd, with the possibility of extending the closure if the situation demands.

“The reason for this decision is the health and safety of our guests and our employees,” said Harry Hargrave, Chief Executive Officer.  “Facilitating large gatherings at this time would create unnecessary risk.”

The museum is also canceling or postponing some public events that had been scheduled for the same week.  An academic conference scheduled for this Sunday, March 15th, about the Dead Sea Scrolls, will be postponed to a later date.

Salaried employees will tele-work, except for some professionals responsible for artifacts, exhibits, building operations and security who need to be on site.  The museum premises will be completely secure and ready to re-open at the appropriate time.

Hourly employees, both full-time and part-time, will be paid according to the work schedules they had already been assigned, but are excused from work.  “We didn’t think it would be right to ask them to forego much-needed income while the museum is closed,” said Hargrave.

The museum will continue to post updates on  Guests may also call the museum’s customer service center at 866-430-MOTB.

Museum of the Bible reminds the public that reliable, up-to-date information about the coronavirus is available at and for D.C. at

Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the transformative power of the Bible.

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