Categories: Education

Investing Technology in a History Lesson

Bill Bumpas | November 28, 2016

(OneNewsNow.com) - The Museum of the Bible, currently one year away from opening to the public, is investing $42 million in innovative technology. 

The 430,000-square-foot facility, a project of Hobby Lobby chain owners the Green family, is set to open November 2017 just blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Schneider, vice president of the Museum of the Bible, says one investment is a mobile device handed to museum visitors. The device can be customized, guiding them to their preferred points of interest, and employs 3-D technology among features to personalize the experience.

A 472-seat Performing Arts Hall at the museum will feature a 360-degree projection mapping to create the effect of a complete immersion for visitors.

Another feature is what Schneider calls a "digital ceiling," actually a 140-forty-foot-long canvas that greets visitors at the museum's entry.

"And the whole purpose of this," says Schneider, "is to put the Bible in a way that engages the public, engages individuals."