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This new museum gives its visitors a high-tech look at the Bible

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You may have read the Bible from cover to cover, but now you can experience it in person.


A brand new museum dedicated to the holy book will open in Washington, D.C., a couple blocks from the National Mall. According to WJLA reporter Mike Carter-Conneen, the Museum of the Bible aims to teach people about the book using cutting-edge technology. The museum invested $42 million in technology. Among the new tech in the building is the “digital docents,” which can create personalized visits and locate lost visitors using GPS.

Visitors have the opportunity to do a number of things, from stepping inside “The World of Jesus of Nazareth” to examining modern-day Washington to see how Bible has shaped democracy. Museum board chair and Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says America's founding principles were based on the bible. He says the idea that "all men are created equal" comes from the holy book.

Most of the museum’s leaders are evangelical Christians, but they call the exhibits "non-sectarian." There are scholars from different dominations and faiths that work with the museum, including Jewish and Atheist scholars.

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Still, some are skeptical of the intention of the museum. Is it meant to educate, or are the organizers trying to convert non-believers? There are also some questions regarding the authenticity of certain artifacts. Curators have put a disclaimer on one display holding what’s purported to be fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Despite the skeptics, the museum is set to open on November 17, and it's free to all customers.

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