Story of the Bible Told by New High-Tech Museum

The Vatican Embassy in Washington hosted a glimpse of a new way to tell the story of the Bible – a future high-tech, interactive museum showcasing manuscripts and other artifacts related to Christianity’s Holly Book that will cost several million to build. The announcement was made at a private exhibit featuring 130 items, including Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant artifacts which will be included in the new museum’s astonishing collection of 10,000 manuscripts and texts, turning it into one of the world’s largest biblical collections.

The manuscript collection will be the foundation of a “a public museum designed to engage people in the history and the impact of the Bible,” as its sponsor Steve Green, evangelical businessman and owner of Oklahoma City-based craft chain Hobby Lobby explained to USA Today.

Steve Green’s family has collected ancient biblical manuscripts and texts over the year what is now one of the largest such exhibits in the world. Yet the future museum is still just a fuzzy plan. The location, architecture or the venue’s name have not yet been decided on, but 300 items of the Green Collection will be exhibited on a tour starting at the Oklahoma Museum of Art on May 16. The Passages traveling exhibition will be at the Vatican in October and reach New York City by Christmas.

To turn the collection into an interactive museum, the project has brought together experts from 30 universities from around the world, responsible for matching the scripts and manuscripts with high-tech, hands-on features.

The museum will open to the public by 2016 and will have no theological agenda.

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