DC’s new Bible museum draws a crowd

WASHINGTON — The Museum of the Bible, the newest tourist attraction near the National Mall and U.S. Capitol, has drawn 565,000 visitors since it opened six months ago, according to museum figures released May 17.

More than 1,700 groups have visited the 430,000-square-foot museum co-founded by Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. It opened with 1,600 items in its permanent collection, about three-quarters of which are Bibles and biblical manuscripts.

Museum officials said they are pleased with the numbers and expect large crowds during the summer tour season. The museum has free admission to visitors, who reserve timed-entry passes or walk up to its doors, but it suggests a donation of $15 per person. (RNS)