Museum of the Bible Inc

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Museum of the Bible is a global, innovative, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the transformative power of the Bible. Through interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology, we bring guests an immersive, personal experience with the impact, narrative, and history of the Bible. Whether you want to explore the Bible more deeply or are discovering it for the first time, Museum of the Bible has something for you.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 15479
Washington , DC 20003


Phone: (866) 430-MOTB


Organization details

EIN: 273444987

CEO/President: Harry Hargrave

Chairman: Steve Green

Board size: 11

Founder: Steve Green

Ruling year: 2011

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2015


Making its grand opening to the public in November 2017, Museum of the Bible's 430,000-square-foot building is located just three blocks from the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Museum of the Bible aims to be among the most technologically advanced and engaging museums in the world. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 4,000 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible and its ongoing impact on the world around us.

Museum of the Bible is dedicated to expanding knowledge and encouraging learning for all ages around the world. Our new Bible curriculum engages students with the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible through cutting-edge Augmented Reality technology.

Museum of the Bible supports academic research around the world.

The Tel Shimron Excavation is an exciting research initiative of Museum of the Bible, Wheaton College, and Tel Aviv University. This excavation seeks to understand the ancient world, including the world of the Bible, through rigorous archaeological investigation.

As the academic research wing of Museum of the Bible, the Scholars Initiative fosters biblical research at colleges, universities, and seminaries across the world, planning and supporting academic projects related to the languages and material culture of the Bible, and capitalizing on artifacts in the Museum Collections.

Mission statement

The Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global and educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, the impact and the narrative of the Bible. We do so through four main initiatives: our permanent museum in Washington, D.C., traveling exhibitions, education and research.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating689 of 103158 of 76
Fund acquisition rating248 of 103318 of 76
Resource allocation rating573 of 103349 of 76
Asset utilization rating1020 of 103176 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,201,312$18,849,222$23,450,117$15,756,549$22,223,115
Short-term investments$38,979,907$15,079,983$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$53,687,952$34,547,336$38,295,034$16,055,628$51,219,034
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$420,929,707$440,516,513$459,809,950$481,450,938$436,241,910
Other long-term assets$288,249$360,677$520,605$2,463,479$14,863,170
Total long-term assets$421,217,956$440,877,190$460,330,555$483,914,417$451,105,080
Total assets$474,905,908$475,424,526$498,625,589$499,970,045$502,324,114
Payables and accrued expenses$4,196,392$8,888,452$10,956,995$6,552,092$31,941,953
Other current liabilities$5,394,788$4,234,023$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$9,591,180$13,122,475$10,956,995$6,552,092$31,941,953
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$23,188,265$0$67,416,242$75,000,000
Total liabilities$9,591,180$36,310,740$10,956,995$73,968,334$106,941,953
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$459,766,355$423,897,295$466,246,432$409,701,438$381,973,860
With donor restrictions$5,548,373$15,216,491$21,422,162$16,300,273$13,408,301
Net assets$465,314,728$439,113,786$487,668,594$426,001,711$395,382,161
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Total contributions$79,980,839$38,182,684$128,097,292$127,617,416$170,528,850
Program service revenue$4,306,722$6,733,378$10,275,669$12,107,258$1,245,962
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$824,154$327,645$238,897$106,866$307,073
Other revenue($1,749,159)($195,896)$1,842,668$188,973($647,916)
Total other revenue$3,381,717$6,865,127$12,357,234$12,403,097$905,119
Total revenue$83,362,556$45,047,811$140,454,526$140,020,513$171,433,969
Program services$48,588,900$58,051,698$60,567,297$85,075,518$20,533,175
Management and general$11,509,603$14,215,863$13,550,216$14,613,266$14,990,095
Total expenses$62,788,937$76,204,671$78,789,059$109,400,963$49,899,680
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$20,573,619($31,156,860)$61,665,467$30,619,550$121,534,289
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$20,573,619($31,156,860)$61,665,467$30,619,550$121,534,289


Harry HargraveCEO$503,632
Steve Schildwachter - Part YearChief Marketing Officer$298,136
Jeffrey KlohaChief Curatorial Officer$283,139
Kenneth McKenzieFormer CEO$282,654
David P SueyChief Admin. Officer$244,477
Donna Buono JonasChief Operating Officer$243,242
Michael Weygandt - Part YearDirector of IT$197,239
Denise Spencer - Part YearDirector of Human Resources$186,196
Rena OpertDirector of Exhibits$177,177
John GardnerDirector of Guest Relations/Retail$170,201
Karen PothCreative Director$167,128
John SharpeChief Relations Officer$162,281
Joe FosterFormer Chief Relations Officer$126,537
Shannon Bennett - Part YearChief Marketing Officer$115,693

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

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Reaching more than half a million people to date, our exhibits have traveled across the country and around the world. We have brought the story of the Bible to Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Springfield (MO), the Greater Los Angeles area, The Vatican, Jerusalem, Israel, Havana and Santiago, Cuba, and numerous colleges and universities.

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