Travel

DC and the Museum of the Bible

Feb. 4, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

This fall, I had some trouble with the concept of ‘living in the moment.’

It's just that so much of the semester was been spent preparing for next semester when I study abroad.

One of the largest items that loomed over me on my checklist was the process of applying for my student visa. In order to get approval to study abroad by the country of Spain, I would have to travel to the Spanish consulate in Washington DC and turn in my application in-person.

So, Gage and I saw it as an opportunity to do something that we’ve been wanting to do for awhile now—visit DC together!

Even more specifically, we’ve really been dying to get to the Museum of Bible.

We arrived in the city on a Friday, ready to tackle a full day’s itinerary. We are both total coffee lovers so a stop at the nearest Starbucks was crucial before any meetings could proceed. In cities like DC, it feels like you’re always within 50 feet of the nearest coffee shop.

When we felt peppy enough, we were off to the Embassy of Spain.

The meeting at the Embassy was surprising painless! I walked up to the visa window, turned in my paperwork, paid the fees, and was out of the building all within about 20 minutes.

And now we were ready for the highlight of our trip—the Museum of the Bible!

The museum is quite close the Capitol building. It’s not directly along the National Mall as many of the major museums are, but if you keep your head up, it’s hard to miss.

The outside of the building is a unique mix of architecture with protruding glass structures and beautiful Hebrew inscriptions.

The grand hall instantly takes your breath away. The ceiling is consumed by a 140-foot long LED display with the brightest and most beautiful changing images.

Knowing that we wanted to experience this place in its full capacity, we opted in for the pass that allows you to visit all the floors and exhibits. Trust me, it’s worth it.

One of the core purposes of the museum is to expose as many people as possible to the Word of God, so all ticketing is donation-based with no-cost and affordable options for those who are not able to pay.

The exhibits are divided by different floors, with each floor covering a different aspect of the Bible’s content and relevance. We chose to start on Floor 2—‘The Impact of the Bible.’

‘Washington Revelations’ is described by the museum as a ‘multi-sensory tour’ that takes you through DC to all of the monuments and inscriptions that were inspired by the Bible. Basically, it’s like a standing version of Disney’s ‘Soarin’’ ride in EPCOT.

BUT, I do have to warn you that this ride is NOT for people who get even slightly motion sick.

Gage and I both nearly got sick by the end. It’s such a simple ride but between the movement and spinning pictures, it’s not for the faint of stomach.

Who knew that mixing the Bible and the world of fashion would have such stylish results?

This floor was packed with displays of things you would never imagine to be in a museum about an ancient text.

I managed to sneak just one photo from what was our favorite exhibit in the whole museum. The fourth floor, called ‘Stories of the Bible,’ includes a 30-minute walk-through experience that guides you through the narrative of the Old Testament.

I am not exaggerating when I say that this experience was phenomenal.

Biblical concepts and characters were brought together through art, storytelling, and some amazing technology. You cannot leave the museum without exploring this exhibit.

The most Instagram-worthy section of the museum is the top floor. These windows provide you with a view of the Capitol building as well as some great natural light for photos.

The open-air rooftop terrace features varieties of plants that were mentioned throughout the Bible.

Although it was still too cold to enjoy this space, I had to snag at least one photo to remind me to come back when the weather is nicer.

You’ll begin to notice how Gage and I typically end our excursions with food. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?

The top floor also has a small café with mostly Mediterranean-inspired foods to keep with the theme of the Holy Lands. We scarfed down some flatbread and made our departure from the museum soon after. We were there for close to four hours and didn’t even get to experience everything that this DC gem has to offer.

One thing I can assure you of if you visit the Museum of the Bible: you will be back to visit again! Who knows, maybe we will see you there!