When was the last time you were surprised at how big something was? Lauren and I went on a MOTB presentation trip that took us to Jerusalem, England, and Poland. We had a few days to kill in the middle and we decided to stop over in Paris, France. We went to the Louvre (a REALLY big museum) and spent a lot of Monet.
Our first day we went to Angelina's and had amazing brunch. But what was even more incredible, was what I saw when we walked towards the Louvre... GUYS. THE EIFFEL TOWER IS SO BIG. I did not realize it towered over the shorter Paris buildings all around it. But to prove my athleticism, I hurtled the thing to demonstrate my arrogant American dominance complex.
Earlier this year I got to visit the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. for the very first time. IT BLEW ME AWAY! No, unfortunately there are no items on display yet. I was stunned by the size of the building! This is not an average museum. This is a BIG museum.
The current building is 8 stories tall with 10 foot ceilings. But that's not enough. We want massive floors. We are knocking out every other floor to double the ceiling height. We are also adding two giant floors below street level. Plus, we are building two floors on top of our building. After that, Museum of the Bible will be the tallest building in the area. The glass levels on top of the brick building you see here will tower over the other buildings. You will have an unobstructed view of the Capitol and the National Mall from the top of Museum of the Bible!
Here is just how BIG Museum of the Bible will be:
The Museum of the Bible will be 430,000 Square Feet. This is as big as the new Facebook headquarters that made all kinds of news.
This is not only a large area of space for a major company, this is a bigger museum than almost any other museum! For reference, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum is one of the most attended museums in American and is featured in the film A Night At The Museum. Museum of the Bible will be over 100,000 square feet larger than The exhibit space in the Smithsonian!
Each floor at Museum of the Bible will on average be the size of one Hobby Lobby store. So imagine eight Hobby Lobby's stacked one on top of the other and you get Museum of the Bible!
It will take you an 45 minutes to an hour just to walk around the perimeter of all the floors in the building. That doesn't include any time walking in the middle of the floors to see the fascinating exhibits. Wear athletic shoes!
From the bottom of the basement to the top of our building, Museum of the Bible is 170 feet tall. For reference, the Statue of Liberty is 150 feet tall. Lady Liberty can reach her arm up all she wants, but she cannot quite reach the top of the Museum!
Museum of the Bible is going to be BIG. It is currently the largest museum under construction anywhere in the world. We have BIG hopes for it. I hope you will help us grow a big following of prayers, financial supporters, and future museum attenders!
When were you surprised at how big something was? Did you imagine Museum of the Bible was going to be this big?