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Museum of the Bible reopens as families resume vacations

Families planning a vacation to the nation’s capital this summer can include the popular Museum of the Bible. The museum reopened to the public on Monday after being closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Museum restaurants and some attractions, such as theaters, will open with restrictions. Interactive and virtual reality experiences, which require guests to use goggles, will remain closed.

It’s not known if violent protesters and clashes with police will keep visitors away from the nation’s capital.

“We have missed our guests and have worked hard to prepare the museum for their return,” said Harry Hargrave, CEO of Museum of the Bible. “We are looking forward to offering our guests engaging new experiences this summer.”

Upon reopening, the museum will show appreciation for America’s health-care professionals’ service during the pandemic by offering them free admission with employee ID.

“This Covid-19 season has been incredibly difficult for so many people,” Hargrave said. “We consider it a privilege to give back to those who’ve sacrificed to keep America healthy.”

As the region shifts to a post-lockdown reality, the museum will reopen while highlighting the relationship between scripture and healing. In early July, the museum will spotlight Corrie ten Boom, who helped hide Jews during the Holocaust before being imprisoned herself in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. The display will feature the Bible that ten Boom received from Billy Graham as well as her release papers from Ravensbrück

In compliance with guidelines from the city, the museum will open at limited capacity. All museum employees will be equipped with personal protective equipment, and plexiglass panels will be installed at all ticket counters, the admission desk, the Milk+Honey Café, Manna restaurant and the gift shop. Museum of the Bible has enhanced sanitizing procedures and marked a clear flow path for visitors to adhere to social distancing requirements as they move throughout the museum.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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