ANNUAL REPORT 2015

Fly Through the Museum

We’ve developed a gifted board, who dedicate their expertise, talents and passion for the Bible to accomplish the museum’s mission.

In the past year, there has been significant growth both in the size of our board and the number of projects we are undertaking.

As excitement builds around the 2017 opening of the museum, our board’s roles, responsibilities, and numbers are growing to reach new heights in quality and scope.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to each of our associates and to our very talented contractors.

Meet our board »
Anne Beiler

“I’ve never been a part of something that I have felt any more passionate about. The impact of it I think is going to be way beyond what anybody sees right now.”

- Anne Beiler
Founder, Auntie Anne's Pretzels

James L. Moore, Jr

“I’ve been on charitable boards before, but nothing that focused only on the Bible. Just wait until 2017, because what we see now is just a pale glimpse of what the reality is going to be.”

- James L. Moore, Jr.
Former President, Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Major 2015 Milestones

It’s hard to believe that Museum of the Bible is only five years old. In these five years, we’ve developed four pillars: Research, Education, Traveling Exhibits, and our museum currently under construction in Washington, DC. Through these pillars, we’ve had the chance to bring traveling exhibits to five different countries where over half a million people have experienced the Bible’s story. We’ve learned from brilliant scholars and been inspired by enthusiastic scholars-in-training. We’ve also launched a Bible curriculum being tested in at least three different countries to date.

2009
November

First artifact purchased

2011
March

Passages was announced in Washington, DC

May

Passages debuted in Oklahoma City

2012
February

First Vatican Exhibit, Verbum Domini

July

Museum property purchased in Washington, DC

2013
October

Book of Books exhibit in Jerusalem

2014
January

LaBiblia exhibit debuted in Havana, Cuba

April

Second Vatican exhibit, Verbum Domini II

September

Museum of the Bible Brand Platform launched

October

Development program launched

December

Demolition on future museum site begins

2015
July

Construction permits for museum issued

August

Partnerships with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Vatican confirmed

September

Demolition completed

2016
February

International Exhibits: Santiago, Cuba

March

Ulm, Germany

2017
November

Museum of the Bible set to open

Museum of the Bible invites all people to engage with the Bible through our four pillars: research, traveling exhibits, education, and a museum currently under construction in Washington, DC.

The Museum

INVITING ALL PEOPLE TO ENGAGE WITH THE BIBLE.

Demolition is complete. Exhibit plans are being finalized. Museum of the Bible is taking shape — the day we will open the doors and begin welcoming guests from around the world is just around the corner.

430,000 Total square footage
8 Number of floors
40' Height of Grand Lobby
150' Length of Grand Lobby LED ceiling
2 Number of Blocks from the National Mall

Core Guest Experience

COURAGEOUS PAGES

Designed for our youngest visitors and their families — a fun, active learning destination for all.

THE IMPACT OF THE BIBLE

Second floor — presents interactive portraits of the Bible’s impact on the history of our nation and the life of our world.

THE NARRATIVE OF THE BIBLE

Third floor — an immersive theatrical walk-through of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, bringing the Bible’s narrative to life.

THE WORLD OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

Third floor — a theatrical environment of murals, streetscapes, and several first-century buildings where visitors encounter the context of Jesus’ teachings.

THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE

Fourth floor — uses the world-renowned Museum Collections to trace the Bible’s own story of faithful translation though time, technology, and culture.

“The Museum of the Bible will offer visitors a wonderfully rich and diverse palette of experiences, each special in its own way, all conceived to create an exciting encounter with the Bible.” - Dan Murphy, Principal, the PRD Group

Traveling Exhibits

DISCOVERING THE HISTORY OF THE BEST SELLING, MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK OF ALL TIME.

Passages is a 30,000-square-foot, interactive traveling exhibit chronicling the remarkable history of the Bible from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies.

> 500,000 Approximate number of people who have experienced our exhibits to date
6 Total number of U.S. Cities to host Passages
5 Total number of countries visited by Museum of the Bible traveling exhibits

Passages

May-October 2011

Oklahoma City, OK



November 2011-June 2012

Atlanta, GA



September 2012-March 2013

Charlotte, NC



May 2013-February 2014

Colorado Springs, CO



April 2014-January 2015

Springfield, MO



April 2015-April 2016

Santa Clarita, CA

International Traveling Exhibits

March-April 2012

Verbum Domini, Vatican City, Rome



October 2013-October 2014

Book of Books, Jerusalem



January-February 2014

LaBiblia, Havana, Cuba



April-June 2014

Verbum Domini II, Vatican City, Rome



September 2015

Verbum Domini, Philadelphia, World Meeting of Families



July-August 2015

Los Destacados de la Museum Collections, Buenos Aires, Argentina



“The Passages exhibit is one of the most exciting things I have ever seen. The history that it brings to life is beyond words. What it brings to our community is amazing.” – Louie Luepke, Youth Pastor, Hope Christian Church, Castaic, CA

Education

PIONEERING BIBLICAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Museum of the Bible brings cutting-edge innovation to education by developing a high school Bible curriculum for markets around the world. The curriculum uses convergent media, known as Augmented Reality, to create an interactive learning experience -thrilling students and educators alike.

500 Number of interactive pieces in core curriculum
108 Number of chapters in core curriculum
54 Number of chapters in Hebrew version

Bible Curriculum

With teams in the U.S. and Israel leading the development, we have produced the first two core versions of the museum’s Bible curriculum.

1,400 students from 6 public schools and 10 schools for youth at risk participated in our pilot program in Israel last year. This year, we have expanded to include 6,000 students from 75 schools.

“The students like it a lot. This is a very unique way to learn the stories of the Bible and how they connect to our life today.” – Shely Suliman, Teacher, Remez High School, Ramat Gan, Israel

Research

Equipping the next generation of biblical scholars and researchers

By supporting scholarship and academic research through our scholarship initiative, Museum of the Bible has brought together established and young scholars to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in the museum’s collection.

80 Number of universities involved
100+ Number of scholars involved
60 Number of research projects underway
100 Number of filmed lectures
120 Number of students awarded scholarships to study at Logos at Oxford
“We’d be utterly foolish if we weren’t giving back to the young scholars and investing all that we could in shaping new minds because it’s young scholars that will be future scholars, who will shape ideas.” – Dr. Stan Rosenberg, SCIO and Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER

Impact Floor

C&G PARTNERS OF NEW YORK, NY

C&G Partners’ portfolio includes more than 200 projects including The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“This may sound shocking, but we don’t plan to exceed expectations. We’re aiming higher. Our goal is to satisfy minimum expectations –and thwart all others.” - Jonathan Alger, C&G Partners

Narrative Floor

BRC IMAGINATION ARTS OF BURBANK, CA

BRC’s more than 80 clients include some of the world’s most iconic brands, Fortune 500 companies, museums, and attractions including The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Orlando.

“These are the greatest stories ever told, and we get to tell them! It’s an honor and a pleasure.”
– Matthew Solari, Creative Director, BRC Imagination Arts

History Floor

THE PRD GROUP OF CHANTILLY, VA

The PRD Group has completed more than 100 projects over the last 26 years including The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

“None of this would be possible without the incredible scholar-advisors who have shaped the storyline of each exhibit with a focus on scholarly rigor, authenticity, and great narrative.” – Dan Murphy, Principal, The PRD Group

Courageous Pages

JONATHAN MARTIN CREATIVE OF NASHVILLE, TN

Since 1995, Jonathan Martin Creative has designed and built hundreds of sets, stages, and themed environments. Their clients have included attractions such as The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL and institutions such as The American Bible Society.

“Our hopes are that the children will see the Bible come to life through this experience while having a lot of fun.”
– Jonathan Martin, President, Jonathan Martin Creative

Drive through the history of the Bible

COLDWATER MEDIA OF PALMER LAKE, CO

In addition to 54 episodes of its Drive Thru History program, ColdWater Media has produced dozens of significant projects for clients such as Acton Institute, Heritage Foundation, Focus on the Family, Hillsdale College, BreakPoint/Colson Center, and the American Enterprise Institute.

“The role of the mini-theater will be to set the table for the display area. We hope to send museum visitors off excited and ready to explore!” – Jim Fitzgerald, President, Coldwater Media

Augmented Reality+

COMPEDIA OF RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL

Compedia’s award winning products have taught millions of people in 50 countries, speaking 35 languages. Their clients include Disney and Sony, as well as institutions such as Cambridge and MIT.

“Augmented Reality+ will enable Museum of the Bible to develop and pioneer many added features that no other museum has ever enjoyed until now.”
– David Decker, Senior Consultant, Compedia, Ramat Gan, Israel

This has been an incredible journey. It is an honor to work alongside our dedicated staff, our partners, and those of you who have given of your resources to support this unprecedented work.

May God bless each and every one of you over the coming year.

With appreciation,

Cary Summers
President
Museum of the Bible