Museum of the Bible to offer free admission when it opens in November

Source: The Washington Post

The entrance to the Museum of the Bible, under construction and set to open Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

The Museum of the Bible will offer free admission when it opens its 430,000 square-foot facility on Nov. 17, officials announced Friday. The nonprofit museum will suggest a donation of $15 for entry but it will not require guests to pay anything.

“Our mission is to invite all people to engage with the Bible, and with a suggested donation we believe more people will come,” Vice President of Marketing Steven Bickley said.

Operating in a city where many museums have free admission, officials decided a suggested donation was the best policy. “Our goal is to be self-sustaining, so you have a trade-off,” Bickley said. “The rate will go down but we will have a higher volume.”

Museum officials also announced advanced timed passes will be available online starting Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. The tickets extend 90 days and will be available on the website, Individuals may obtain tickets without making a donation, Bickley said.

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