About Museum of the Bible
Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. In 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, opened its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here. A 360-degree hardhat tour of the museum is available here.
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Amber worked with the crew of JMC Museum Arts on the National Bible Museum in Washington D.C for JMMA’s Exhibition spaces, The World of Jesus of Nazareth and Courageous Pages. As part of this project Amber Lelli did the following:
Historical research and reference for sculpts, props, layout, and design.
Was a part of the installation and production crew on site in Washington D.C in 2017
Sculpted and various first century items and vegetation for The World of Jesus of Nazareth in potter’s clay, oil clay, automotive clay, Habitat, concrete, lathe, and foam.
Sculpted large Bible for Courageous Pages and assisted in Game Design.
Worked extensively in mold making: Plaster, rubber, cement, foam, box, singular and multi-part.
Utilized various material castings including but not limited to fiberglass, resins, habitat, plastics, foam, and concrete. Along with finish and chasing of cast pieces.
Armature construction in wood, lathe, and foam.
Assisted in paint and faux finishings.
Size and Content
The World of Jesus of Nazareth has 6,980 square feet of exhibit space and is comprised of 15 separate featured areas of interest: The Second Temple, Clash of Kingdoms, Impact of Worlds, Sepphoris: Nazareth’s Forgotten Neighbor, Characteristics of Roman Rule, Amphitheater, Village Center, Parable Theater, Typical House and Cooking Courtyard, Mikveh, Synagogue, Olive Mill, House Under Construction, and Rest and Reflection.
Virtually every part of The World of Jesus of Nazareth is handcrafted by incomparable artisans pouring themselves into every fabricated stone, tree branch and wooden wheel. The illusion of an immersive environment is compounded by fine-tuned audio from point-source speakers that creates the proper verisimilitude in each area: animal noises in the courtyard, construction sounds in the house and peaceful breezes on the coast.
The World of Jesus of Nazareth in Stories of the Bible was designed by JMC Museum Arts, a division of Jonathan Martin Creative Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, which provides planning, research, design and implementation services to museums, theme parks and a host of nonprofit entities in North America and around the world.
The galleries’ content was developed by JMC Museum Arts in consultation with an international team of scholars from Nazareth Village, Nazareth, Israel, led by Gordon Campbell, Ph.D., and David Trobisch, Ph.D., combining the Museum of the Bible Collection with themed environments and engrossing storytelling to immerse guests in first-century Nazareth.
-Overview taken from Museum of the Bible website.
Low-tech and high-touch, Courageous Pages is designed to maximize both children’s enjoyment and their learning through a series of fun games and interactive features, all pointing to one continuous theme: courage. The area is geared to show kids the Bible is packed with stories and people who dug deep and did what they believed was right, even in the face of fear or opposition. Children read, hear, see and experience stories in which small, courageous choices resulted in big victories, all while tired parents to catch a breather while their children play.
Size and Content
Courageous Pages has 2,176 square feet of exhibit space and 13 featured areas of interest: The Book of Books, Walking on Water, From the Pit to the Palace, Get the Fish in the Boat, Spies in the Land, Samson Pillars, David and Goliath (game), Daniel and the Lion’s Den (game), Get Esther to the King (game), Fishes and Loaves (game), Young People of the Bible, and Noah’s Art Toddler Area.
Outside the Walking on Water feature, the entirety of Courageous Pages was designed to use simple mechanics. It has rolling balls and levers, knobs and dials, pencils and paper—and all of it created specifically for Museum of the Bible with the input of child development and education specialists and built from scratch by JMC craftspeople and artisans. Children will be mesmerized by the variety of games and interactives, while exploring the stories of the Bible.
Courageous Pages was designed by JMC Museum Arts, a division of Jonathan Martin Creative Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, which provides planning, research, design and implementation services to museums, theme parks and a host of nonprofit entities in North America and around the world.
The content was developed by JMC Museum Arts in consultation with an international team of scholars led by Gordon Campbell, Ph.D., and David Trobisch, Ph.D.
Selected Images of the on-site installation and production crew in Washington D.C. :