Local Missouri man helps bring Museum of the Bible to life

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The Museum of the Bible is opening its 70,000 pound doors. The impressive entrance is just the beginning.

“I want the electronics, I want the engagement, I want to be a part of this and that’s what we built this museum around," Cary Summers, President of the Museum of the Bible said.

Summers led the opening talk with reporters and special guests getting a preview of the museum that’s opening this Saturday, November 18.

Summers has some experience running tourist attractions. He was the president and CEO of the Silver Dollar City Theme Park in Branson, Missouri.

“They’re sister industries. You’re dealing with guest services, you’re dealing with people who want to learn, they want to have entertainment," Summers said.

With six floors, dozens of interactive exhibits and more than 600 artifacts, the Museum of the Bible is a historical ride. It takes visitors through the history, the stories, and the impact of the Bible.

“From the moment you walk in, it’s just a splash of color and history and it’s just magnificent," Iva Grahek one of the visitors said.

From the digital arcade ceiling, one of the largest horizontally mounted digital screens in the U.S., to the interactive exhibits, the museum bridges the Old Testament with the 21st century.

“What we tried to do is make technology imbedded in this aspect of humanity so it doesn’t hit you over the head," David Greenbaum, Chief Architect of the Museum of the Bible, said.

Greenbaum helped bring the museum to life. He incorporated state of the art technology with designs central to the museums theme.

“On the rooftop you can see the Sea of Galilee Boat or maybe a rolled scroll," he added.

Just steps away from the National Mall, the museum is now joining a collection of DC treasured sights. It is becoming a place for people of any religion, both young and old and people, to come enjoy, be engaged and return to for many years to come.

“We hope that whenever you come in, whenever you walk in, that you’re going to feel comfortable you’re going to learn something, you’re going to say wow that was worth the time and that’s what we hope to do," Summers said.

Some of the exhibits are still getting the finishing touches. But organizers said they'll be ready when the museum opens it doors November 18.

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