- The $500 million private Museum of the Bible is set to open this week.
- Hobby Lobby's president — who paid $3 million in a case involving smuggling artifacts earlier this year — is one of the driving forces behind the museum.
- The enormous museum will feature artifacts and recreate Biblical stories, as well as discuss the book's influence.
- However, it has been plagued by questions about how it will balance religion and facts.
The Museum of the Bible — a $500 million private museum that has been dogged by scandal — is finally set to open this week in Washington, DC.
From the beginning, the private museum has been plagued by questions regarding how it will balance religious messages and historical facts.
Things were further complicated when news broke in July that the museum chairman and Hobby Lobby president Steve Green had been involved in smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts into the United States.
On Wednesday, a new controversy reared its head, with news that the museum will display the Confederate flag and pro-slavery texts in an attempt to understand the Bible's role in the Civil War.
Here's everything you need to know about the controversial museum.
The Museum of the Bible is located in a 430,000-square-foot center in Washington, DC.
Construction on the museum began in 2015.
The museum is located two blocks from the National Mall.
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