The D.C. Museum of the Bible’s name is now official: it’s “Museum of the Bible.”
Setting the name to the Museum of the Bible has further advanced the process of creating this high-tech museum focused purely on the history and impact of the historical book. The facility will likely open within the next three years, and the location, which is just a few streets away from the U.S. Capitol Building, will likely bring hoards of visitors.
The straightforward name of the museum is described with an equally frank explanation: “We don’t need more to tell people who and what we are,” claimed museum founder Steve Green.
Museum of the Bible Creator
Steve Green, founder of the billion dollar chain store Hobby Lobby, is also a staunch supporter of religion. Hobby Lobby, as one of the few stores that close its doors on Sunday and has won a victory against the contraception mandate, has indicated its religious affiliations. Additionally, the Green family has consistently funded projects pertaining to religion throughout the years. However, the new museum is a step above any previous endeavors.
Museum of the Bible’s Purpose
Rather than focusing on any particularly denomination, the purpose is to showcase the influence this historical book has had throughout centuries of rising and falling societies. By showcasing the many rare texts and artifacts the Green family has been collecting through the years, they hope to teach about the significance and usefulness of the special book, just as an art museum would do the same for famous works. Therefore, people that range from feeling positively to negatively towards the project will have interest in visiting upon its opening.
Branding the Museum of the Bible
The Museum of the Bible logo, although seemingly simplistic, is actually quite interesting. The iconography is yes, a letter “B” turned on its side, but it also invokes an open book (the Bible), as well as mimics the dome shape of the building’s structure. The typeface is based on “Din,” which was first developed in the 1930s, but has most recently been used in the logo of JetBlue Airways, among many other instances. The Museum of the Bible seems as if they’re trying to mimic the hipness and youth of the popular new church Hillsong.
The Future of the Museum of the Bible
Steve Green is not surprised by the numerous responses of both hate and love. He understands that such a powerful topic stirs emotions, which helps provide reasoning to the foundation of such a facility. The project began three years ago and in an additional three years they expect to open doors to the public. While other religious museums exist, very few are similar in magnitude and educational value.