The Museum of the Bible opened back in 2017. I’ve been curious about it ever since and now that I have visited I wish I had not waited so long.
It’s very kid friendly and they’ll really have a good time!
The first thing I think everyone should know is that the Museum of the Bible is a museum about the Bible and not a museum about religion.
Although there is obviously a lot of information about religion throughout the museum the focus is squarely on the Bible itself and is not evangelical in the least.
This means that even if you are not religious or do not share the Judeo-Christian beliefs in the Bible the museum is still well worth a visit.
What to Expect
Museum of the Bible has 3 permanent galleries and other exhibits that rotate throughout the year.
The Bible is undisputedly a central part of our culture. The museum explores the role the Bible has played in all aspects of life and throughout history, from the influence it has had on Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. to references in fashion, literature, music and other aspects of our culture.
The Museum of the Bible is big and it has a lot to see and do. My family spent about five hours in the museum and could have spent longer had the museum not been closing.
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If vising with children it is a good idea to look at the museum’s website ahead of time and plan out what your must-sees are in case you don’t make it through the entire museum.
Since it may take more than one visit to see everything you may want to consider a membership.
The playroom alone will make a membership a good value for many families.
Tickets are required to enter the museum’s main galleries and exhibitions.
Advanced tickets are not required, however, you will pay more for tickets at the door so it’s best to reserve in advance.
Advance online tickets are $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children ages 7 – 17. Children 6 and under are free.
As a walk-in, tickets are $24.95 for adults and $14.99 for kids ages 7 – 17.
You can also become a member which gives you access to the museum but also early entry starting at 9am before the museum opens to the public.
A family membership is $129.99.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Museum of the Bible is open from 10am – 5pm Thursday through Monday.
Annual members can visit the museum Thursday through Monday starting at 9am.
Good to Know Before You Go
- Plan to stay for a few hours or more
- The Museum of the Bible is located just off the Mall a few blocks from the Air & Space Museum.
- The museum is stroller friendly. There are also baby changing tables in several restrooms as well as a nursing lounge.
- Consider the Museum’s membership for multiple visits (and to enjoy the playroom again!)
The Museum of the Bible is located at: 400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024.
The museum itself does not have parking. There is metered street parking but only for two hours so we recommend parking in one of the many nearby garages.
You can find the least expensive parking choices here.
The Museum is located less than a block from the Federal Center SW Metro Station which can be reached on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
They can be reached at: 866-430-6682
Things to Do Near Museum of the Bible
- See one of Kennedy Center’s Performances for Young Audiences
- See the planes at The Air & Space Museum
- See a tropical rainforest at the United States Botanic Gardens
- Stroll The Mall & Visit the Memorials
- Catch a game at National’s Park
- See some neat Navy artifacts including a submarine at the US Navy Museum
- National Museum of American History