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The first exhibit, a 3,200-pound replica of the Liberty Bell, had to be lowered into the building during construction because it was so large.
Another attraction is a soundscape of the 10 plagues, with glowing red light to symbolize the Nile turned to blood.
Here are some details about what to expect: KIDSA first floor children's area highlights acts of courage depicted in the Bible and has a high-tech feature that projects a watery surface with marine life below.
Children can walk across the image, creating the illusion of walking on water.
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'I think what's really curious is what's not in the Bible Museum.'Moss argues the museum focuses too narrowly on American history, making scant reference to the Mormon branch of Christianity, the Ethiopic Christian Churches, or the Bible's ties to the Quran.
She also voiced concern over the authenticity of a number of the museum's relics, including fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which she said 'many scholars believe to be almost entirely forged.'One of the institution's advisors Lawrence Schiffman, a professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, acknowledged the fragments 'may or may not be real' - but said accompanying placards made clear research is underway.
The museum does not, however, include references to hot-button topics like abortion or access to contraception.'We try to avoid anything that's controversial,' said Tony Zeiss, the museum's executive director.'We're not about evangelizing, we're about piquing people's curiosity.'But Candida Moss - religious scholar at the University of Birmingham and co-author of the book 'Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby' - says the museum missed a chance to delve into more complex aspects of biblical history.'You can't just tell the story; you're always interpreting,' she said.But Green, who chairs the museum's board, insists it aims only to 'present the facts.''This is a journalistic view of the Bible.It's not about espousing our faith,' he told reporters at a preview ahead of the museum's grand opening.'We're inviting all people to engage with this book, so we embrace all that will come and celebrate the Bible.'Situated just south of Washington's National Mall esplanade that houses the Smithsonian museum complex, the sprawling eight-floor institution - which includes a ballroom, performing arts hall and biblical garden - lets visitors tour a theatrical exhibit recreating what Nazareth may have looked like in the time of Jesus.Gordon Campbell, a University of Leicester professor and lead historian at the museum, says he hopes Washington's newest cultural institution will 'rise above' the controversy.'I aspire to make it encourage debate centered on the Bible and not centered on the Greens,' he said.
'I hope we can succeed.'For museum members Jim King and his wife Pam, a sexagenarian couple from Austin, Texas invited to the previews, the free museum is 'world-class' and its location near federal government offices 'a very great statement.''I think it's something that anybody could enjoy,' King said, 'because of the historical aspects that are involved in it - as well as the word of God, of course.' The massive Museum of the Bible, scheduled to open Friday in Washington, has three main exhibit floors, lecture and meeting space, restaurants and a rooftop garden, a ballroom and a 472-seat theater with wraparound projection walls.The museum is located three blocks from the Capitol and was largely funded by the owners of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain.The company president, Steve Green, says the museum is nonsectarian.Washington's new Museum of the Bible is preparing to open this weekend following a million smuggling case and a row over its founders views on birth control.