Nov. 17: Faith, Civic, Natl and Intl Leaders Gather to Dedicate Washington’s Newest Museum

Published: Dec 5, 2017

Posted In: Press Releases

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2017—One day before Museum of the Bible opens to the public, faith and secular leaders from around the world will gather at the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum in Washington to dedicate the newest museum in the nation's capital. Those scheduled to join the celebration include Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington; Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, chief of chaplains of the U.S. Navy; Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, president of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America; U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black; House of Representatives Chaplain Pat Conroy; and Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. 

Also participating will be Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., of the Archdiocese of Boston, who will read a message from Pope Francis to the museum that invites all people to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.

Immediately following the museum dedication and ribbon-cutting will be a dedication of the Israel Antiquities Authority Gallery on the museum's fifth floor, at which Israel's Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin will provide remarks. 

Media are invited to explore the museum for the remainder of the day to preview the experience that will be available to the public when the museum opens the following morning at 8 a.m. A working media center on the museum's mezzanine, equipped with internet access and where media can work and file stories, will be available after the dedication for the remainder of the day.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 17, media arrival no later than 9:30 a.m.

  • 10:30 a.m. (Museum of the Bible dedication)
  • 11:50 a.m. (Official ribbon-cutting and visual opportunity at museum doors)
  • Noon (Israel Antiquities Authority Gallery dedication)

WHERE: Museum of the Bible, 400 4th St. SW, Washington, D.C. (Federal Center SW Metro)

  • Museum dedication will be in the World Stage Theater on the museum's fifth floor.
  • Israel Antiquities Authority Gallery dedication will be on the museum's fifth floor.

RSVP/APPLY FOR MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Seating for media will be very limited during the dedication ceremony. Due to space constraints, most media will be seated in a gallery in which the dedication will be livestreamed. The dedication is open to working members of the media approved through the credential application process. To register for credentials, media must complete the application in full. The last day for expedited processing of credential applications is Friday, Nov. 10; submissions after that day, or on-site requests, may cause a delay in receipt of credential and entry into the museum. To pick up credentials and pass through security upon arrival, media must present a photo ID and working media credential. Additional instructions and details will be sent once credentials have been approved.

WHAT: Museum of the Bible Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting

  • Blessings and commendations by Cardinal Wuerl, Admiral Kibben, Chaplain Black, Chaplain Conroy and Ambassador Dermer;
  • Message from Pope Francis (read by O'Malley); 
  • Remarks by Museum of the Bible Board Chairman Steve Green, President Cary Summers and Executive Director Tony Zeiss, Ed.D.;
  • Symbolic museum ribbon-cutting in theater followed by official ribbon-cutting with all dedication participants at the museum's entrance (approximately 11:50 a.m.); and
  • Israel Antiquities Authority Gallery dedication by Israel's Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (approximately noon).

ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT:; 770.813.0000

PARKING: There are no provisions for on-site parking for media. Please plan accordingly.

About Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. On Nov. 17, 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, opened its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here. A 360-degree hardhat tour of the museum is available here.

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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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