If Steven Green’s prayers are answered, a new museum will take its place three years from now in Washington, alongside such venerable repositories of art and artifacts as the Smithsonian and the Air and Space and U.S. Holocaust Memorial museums.
Green, the billionaire founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, has both the bankroll and the exhibits to make his dream, “Museum of the Bible,” a reality. Construction on the eight-floor, 430,000-square-foot building, which could cost an estimated $800 million, is slated to begin within weeks at a location three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
“We bought it because we have a love for the bible and we want to share its story with as many people as we can,” Green, a Southern Baptist whose company’s clash with the Obama administration over heath care mandates made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, told FoxNews.com.
Green’s collection is well known, and includes such priceless prizes as several Dead Sea Scrolls, a portion of the Gutenberg Bible, the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, the largest portion of scripture in Palestinian Aramaic and the so-called “Aitken Bible,” the first ever printed in the U.S. The 40,000-piece collection is now mainly kept in Oklahoma City, although Green has exhibited some of it around the world, including at the Vatican.
“We want to help tell that story so that it will be exciting for everyone that comes.”
– Steven Green