As part of a national, five-city campaign, the Museum of the Bible, set to open next month in Washington, D.C., is touring the country with exact 40-foot-tall replicas of the Gutenberg Gates and will make a stop in Nashville at Lipscomb University Oct. 16-17.
Lipscomb University is the second stop on the five-city tour that includes visits to Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and New York City’s Times Square before the gates reach their final destination in Washington, D.C. The Gutenberg Gates will be on display at Lipscomb Oct. 16-17 in conjunction with the 48th annual GMA Dove Awards held in the university’s Allen Arena on Oct. 17.
The public is invited to view the gates on Monday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The gates will be located in the Allen Arena Mall near the Allen Bell Tower. Admission is free. Visitors are asked to park at Woodmont Hills Church, located at 3710 Franklin Pike, Nashville, and take a free shuttle to campus that will drop guests off near the display.
When the Museum of the Bible opens its doors on Nov. 17, 2017, just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., guests will enter the 430,000 square-foot structure through the two towering gates, each weighing over 12 tons. Made of bronze, the Gutenberg Gates bear the words Genesis 1:1-31 in Latin, as found in the Gutenberg Bible, the first book created using the printing press
The gates were recreated by fabrication specialists, Scenic Industries, using truss, plywood, truss wrap, exterior vinyl and light weight brick facade, the replica.
“The Gutenberg Gates Tour is an opportunity for people to experience the sheer size and scale of the museum in their own backyards, and then invite those same people to be a part of telling that story,” says Steven Bickley, vice president of marketing for the museum. “This tour allows people to have a larger-than-life experience with the Bible, something you can see for yourself and touch with your own two hands.”
For more information about the Museum of the Bible, visit www.museumofthebible.org.