New Museum Exploring Bible’s Impact on Founding of America to Open In Philadelphia

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A $60 million attraction with unprecedented technology will open on Independence Mall in fall 2018, American Bible Society announced today. Called the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center, the experience will highlight how, from past to present, the Bible has changed those who changed America. 

The Faith & Liberty Discovery Center is expected to draw 250,000 visitors annually, accelerating strong growth for America’s most historic square mile. The immersive experience of the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center is being led by the award-winning firm Local Projects, which recently spearheaded the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and ranks as one of the most innovative design firms in the nation. The Philadelphia principals of SaylorGregg are leading architectural design. Once opened, the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center is projected to add more than $10 million annually to Philadelphia’s economy.

“In the city where William Penn chartered religious freedom, I am excited that the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center will help tell an overlooked story of our history,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This will be a tremendous addition to Philadelphia and an amazing experience for all our visitors.”

“We are thrilled to open this exciting new experience for Philadelphia and our nation,” said American Bible Society President and CEO Roy Peterson. “What the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center should be, at its finest, is a place that unites—celebrating a diversity of faiths, backgrounds and points of view. And ultimately, the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center will spark a curiosity: how did the Bible influence the people who shaped our nation? And what difference can this book make in our lives today?”

The Faith & Liberty Discovery Center will explore how core passages from the Bible on justice, liberty, mercy and love have guided and inspired not only the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but generations of Americans who have wrestled with abolitionism, women’s right to vote, civil rights, Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. In war and in peace, from one generation to another, the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center will bring to life the stories of people across a full faith spectrum who have turned to the Bible for wisdom in times of conflict, for motivation to create change, and for comfort in moments of crisis.

As the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center comes to life, a diverse committee of top historians, religious experts and legal scholars from across the nation is helping shape the narrative experience while ensuring historical accuracy.

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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Faith and Liberty Discovery Center Press Release