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American Bible Society to shut down $60 million museum

American Bible Society to shut down $60 million museum


The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center was based in May 2021 by the American Bible Society.(Photo: YouTube/American Bible Society)

(CP) The American Bible Society can be closing down its Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, round three years after the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based museum, which value round $60 million, had opened.


The ABS introduced that the middle was ending operations on April 1, with the final day for public visits to be March 28.

Full refunds can be given to those that purchased tickets to go to the middle after March 28, in line with the ABS.

ABS cited “structural limitations,” the affect of the COVID-19 lockdowns, and “different elements impacting sustainability” as the explanations for closing.

The heart struggled from the onset, receiving solely round $54,000 in ticket gross sales for the tax 12 months of July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, whereas reporting complete bills of round $11 million, in line with an announcement of income.

Jennifer Holloran, who lately turned president and CEO of the society, stated in an announcement that “the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center has served as a spot of remarkable studying and inspiration since its doorways opened.”

“We sit up for reimagining what the way forward for content material might appear like by means of a publicly accessible, digitized format,” she added.

“We’re tremendously grateful for our native Philadelphia companions, for many who have contributed to its imaginative and prescient, and for the FLDC’s employees who’ve invested their hearts into serving each one that has walked by means of the doorways.”

FLDC Executive Director Rob Wonderling was quoted within the press launch as saying that it had been “an honor to serve the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center and witness the various methods it has spurred inspiration, engagement, and private discovery over time on the coronary heart of Independence Mall.”

“The heart was an revolutionary imaginative and prescient for sharing the significance of Scripture and I’m happy with the function our devoted employees performed in its mission,” Wonderling continued.

Opened in May 2021, the middle was positioned on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall and sought to teach individuals of all non secular views in regards to the affect of Christianity on American historical past.

The museum held its grand opening ceremony in July of 2021, coinciding with the town’s annual Wawa Welcome America Festival, with the ABS proclaiming that “company can discover 25,000 sq. ft of interactive gallery area that includes groundbreaking know-how.”

“Their journey by means of the museum can be guided by a handheld good lamp, which they’ll use to digitally seize favourite Bible verses, quotes, and tales to revisit as soon as they return residence. Each gallery affords a brand new immersive expertise,” defined the society.

“In one gallery, company will come face-to-face with 21 American Changemakers whose lives and legacies have been formed by God’s Word. In one other, company will be capable of hearken to a soundscape of songs and Scripture learn by American icons like Johnny Cash. And throughout a one-of-a-kind theater expertise, company will stroll by means of the streets of historic Philadelphia as they watch William Penn’s quest for non secular freedom unfold.”

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