Visitor Rules & Regulations

General Provisions

The security and safety of the Museum of the Bible’s (MOTB) visitors, 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 the MOTB

Access to administrative facilities or restricted areas is limited to authorized MOTB Staff and persons only. MOTB reserves the right to limit access to any of its public facilities and visitor areas as it deems fit. MOTB reserves the right to limit, on an as-needed basis, the length of time visitors 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.

Security Screening

Security screening is mandatory for all visitors that wish to enter the MOTB, and will include screening of all bags and personal belongings. Permissible baggage, handbags, backpacks, shopping bags, and personal belongings for visitors is limited to 8” x 17” x 19” per item.

To expedite the screening process, please listen to the Security Officers and follow their instructions. Also, please consider leaving any prohibited or oversized items at home or at the hotel to speed entry.

Storage Services

All MOTB visitors 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 visitors’ belongings at the Coat Check located off the Main Lobby. All items must be retrieved from Coat Check no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to museum close.

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 ticketed MOTB patrons 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 the MOTB

After exiting MOTB via the main public exit, MOTB ticket holders cannot re-enter MOTB for any reason.

In the case of an emergency, re-entry into MOTB may be granted at the sole discretion of MOTB security management. If a ticket holder is permitted re-entry, the guest must re-enter through the main public entrance on 4th Street, pass through security screening again, and be escorted by MOTB Security Staff.

Conformity with Official Signage

While on MOTB Property, visitors 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.

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. Pursuant to Section VIII Interfering with MOTB Staff Functions, providing a false report to MOTB Staff is prohibited.

Prohibited Behavior & Disorderly Conduct

Appropriate behavior and conduct is required from all visitors in order to provide the entire visiting public with respect and an equal opportunity to have an informative and meaningful experience.

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

  1. Engaging in sporting and recreational activities
  2. Making noise that is unreasonable, or behaving in a way that is inappropriate (Use loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language or perform or engage in obscene or indecent acts)
  3. Engaging in fighting, violent, or threatening behavior
  4. Engaging in commercial activities, soliciting, leafleting, hand billing, and/or vending
  5. Loitering or sleeping
  6. Bathing
  7. Obstructing the use of public areas such as entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, concourses, offices, elevators, stairways, roadways, driveways, or walkways
  8. Throwing or dropping any items from or at buildings or persons, or from or at any of the MOTB overlook levels
  9. Interfering with, or obstructing authorized vehicular traffic
  10. Impeding or threatening the security of persons or property
  11. Willfully defacing, destroying, damaging, or removing MOTB Property
  12. Chewing gum in or on MOTB Property
  13. Smoking (including e-cigarettes and vapors) is prohibited inside MOTB and within twenty-five (25) feet of museum entrances
  14. Gambling
  15. Using lighters, matches, and candles
  16. Tampering with, damaging, and/or removing landscaping, and/or climbing trees
  17. Tampering with, damaging, and/or removing any MOTB property including, but not limited to, exhibit and or artifact elements
  18. Demonstration, protest, or rally (or display and/or carry placards, signs, banners, barriers, or balloons)
  19. Littering
  20. Eating and/or drinking inside MOTB except in designated areas
  21. Spitting

Prohibited Items

Visitors 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, markers, glass cutters and/or other implements 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, knives, cutting tools, realistic replicas of firearms (to include toy guns), brass knuckles; to include belt buckles resembling brass knuckles, stun guns, ammunition, throwing stars, nun chucks or any martial arts weapon(s), slapjacks, razor blade tools, disabling chemicals like mace, pepper spray, tear gas, chlorine, liquid bleach or compressed gasses or other potentially dangerous instruments; armaments or devices which can cause bodily harm to visitors, 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.
  5. Explosives, including fireworks
  6. Noise making or amplification devices, including but not limited to, radios and bull horns
  7. Alcoholic beverages
  8. Controlled substances
  9. Narcotics which use is strictly prohibited by governmental regulation
  10. Powdered substances, liquid soaps and bubbles
  11. Glass bottles
  12. Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks
  13. Alkali metals
  14. Rope, wire of any kind, tape, or any device used to attach or hang posters onto any structure or tree
  15. Animals/Pets (Except for service animals)
  16. Chewing Gum
  17. Food and/or drink (except for water)
  18. Wagons, bicycles, skateboards or recreational scooters (powered or manual)

Photography, Videography, and Audio Recordings

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

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

The following are prohibited on MOTB Property, unless otherwise authorized by the MOTB’s Communications & Digital Media or External Affairs & 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 the MOTB, personal photos, video, and/or audio recordings are permitted for private, noncommercial use only, with some exceptions, noted below, and in all cases so long as the activity does not impede pedestrian traffic in any way:

  1. In permitted MOTB areas, personal photography, videography, and audio recording is allowed if it does not impede pedestrian traffic or exhibition viewing in any way.
  2. The use of a flash is prohibited in all MOTB areas.

Animals & Pets Access

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

Sanitation & Refuse

All visitors 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 & 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 Visitor 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 Museum Security Officer or Staff Member.

Security Screening

All visitors and baggage are subject to security screening. Please limit the number of items that you bring with you. Permissible baggage, handbags, backpacks, shopping bags, and belongings for visitors 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 visitors will pass through magnetometers. Alternative screening techniques, including hand-wanding, are also available.

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

  1. Any item(s) deemed inappropriate by MOTB Staff
  2. Marking instruments including spray paint, liquid paint, markers, glass cutters and/or other implements 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, knives, cutting tools, realistic replicas of firearms (to include toy guns), brass knuckles; to include belt buckles resembling brass knuckles, stun guns, ammunition, throwing stars, nun chucks or any martial arts weapon(s), slapjacks, razor blade tools, disabling chemicals like mace, pepper spray, tear gas, chlorine, liquid bleach or compressed gasses or other potentially dangerous instruments; armaments or devices which can cause bodily harm to visitors, 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.
  5. Explosives, including fireworks
  6. Noise making or amplification devices, including but not limited to, radios and bull horns
  7. Alcoholic beverages
  8. Controlled substances
  9. Narcotics which use is strictly prohibited by governmental regulation
  10. Powdered substances, liquid soaps and bubbles
  11. Glass bottles
  12. Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks
  13. Alkali metals
  14. Rope, wire of any kind, tape, or any device used to attach or hang posters onto any structure or tree
  15. Animals/Pets (Except for service animals)
  16. Chewing Gum
  17. Food and/or drink (except for water)
  18. Wagons, bicycles, skateboards or recreational scooters (powered or manual)