Friday, February 23, 2018

The Green family’s other collection comes to Museum of the Bible

By David Van Biema
The Museum of the Bible's main entrance, featuring the Gutenberg Gates, in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1, 2017. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks
WASHINGTON, DC---In an empty case on the fourth floor of the Museum of the Bible, a label explains: “The loaned articles intended for display here are still in transit.” The display, at the beginning of the “History of the Bible” gallery, symbolizes perfectly how the principles guiding the development of the museum, which opened in November just off the Washington Mall, have lagged behind its headlong physical growth. The promised loans are replacements for materials yanked from the exhibit because of what a museum official calls “guilt by association” with thousands of cuneiform tablets that the Green family, the museum’s founders and its main funders, was forced to return last July, along with a payment of $3 million. [More]