Cary Summers, former consultant for the Creation Museum’s life-size Noah’s Ark, plans to build a Bible museum in Washington D. C. He stated that research showed the nation's population will drive to see this museum, more than any other city.
"In reality, the population base within that eight-to-10 hour drive of D.C. [District of Columbia] represents half the U.S. or two-thirds and there's a lot of Christians in that group," he said on 10 July.
The Bible Museum is an “umbrella non-profit group” for a collection of Bibles collected by the billionaire Green family of Oklahoma, who said they considered other cities, but decided that the nation’s capital was the best place for the museum. They stated they would reveal the exact location and name of the museum.
The Bible Museum, like the Creation Museum and life-size Noah’s Ark, will charge a fee for admission, but Summers says, while the Smithsonian does not charge a fee, other museums do and are quite successful. He believes, that despite an admission fee, the Bible museum will succeed too.
A sampling of the museum’s 40,000 artifacts of what the museum will display, was on display in the Passage Exhibit at the Vatican, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Atlanta, Georgia and will soon appear in Charlotte, North Carolina. The travelling exhibit “recreated 80% of the chamber of London's Westminster Abbey where the King James Version of the Bible was written” and museum creators expect to create a full-scale recreation.
Steve Green, president of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain and a Southern Baptist, said the museum will feature the history, contents and influence of the Bible but will leave it up to visitors to decide whether to believe the holy book.
"When we present the evidence, I think it's going to be compelling for somebody to say, 'Wow, this is a compelling book. I might want to consider what it has to say,'" he said.