Local residents attend Museum of the Bible opening

Annette Bailey with Dr. James Dobson

Larger than some of the Smithsonian museums, with a price tag of over a half billion dollars, the Museum of the Bible opens just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol on Friday, and a Mountain Home couple has been in Washington this week for the festivities.

Pastor Sam Bailey, of Twin Lakes Baptist Church, and his wife, Annette, took in the first event of the week on Tuesday evening, Broadway's Amazing Grace: The Musical, the life story of clergyman John Newton. On Thursday evening, they attended a museum board meeting at the Trump Hotel, all leading up to Friday's grand opening.

Pastor Bailey says he and Annette visited with Christian Broadcaster James Dobson Tuesday evening. Dr. Dobson has been quoted as saying the Museum of the Bible is the most incredible thing he has ever seen in his life. Pastor Bailey is just as enthusiastic about the experience.


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Bailey says the location of the Museum of the Bible is highly significant.


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Bailey says there is not another structure like this one in the world.


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Bailey described the Old Testament component of the museum.


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The museum is the brainchild of Hobby Lobby President Steve Green.

The Washington Business Journal says it took less than three years to finish the museum, calling it a veritable construction miracle. A typical museum takes 10 to 12 years from start to finish. The main entrance is flanked by doors stamped with verses from a Gutenberg Bible.



Museum of the Bible computerized ceiling with changing views.

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