Saturday, June 16, 2018

Museum of the Bible finds big audience in bustling D.C.

By Gabe LaMonica
The Museum of the Bible has received nearly 603,000 visitors since it opened its doors last November. “Crowd control was the biggest challenge right off the bat,” said Cary Summers, the president of the museum.
Thousands of people have come from far and wide — sometimes two by two — to visit the red-brick, ark-shaped building in Southwest. The Museum of the Bible, on the 400 block of 4th Street SW, has received nearly 603,000 visitors (about 100,000 a month) since its 2-ton, 40-foot-tall bronze doors opened in November. Those visitor figures place the Museum of the Bible among some of the most popular repositories in the city: The Smithsonian Institution’s newest attraction — the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016 — has received more than 842,000 visitors this year, and the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center has had more than 648,000 so far in 2018. [More]