Construction Begins on Hobby Lobby President's $400 Million Museum of the Bible Near US CapitolConstruction has officially begun on the Museum of the Bible, a longtime project spearheaded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, which is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2017. “In many respects this is the kickoff of a three year project. We’ve been working on it for two years, this is the first time that anything major will be exposed to the public,” Cary Summers, president of the Museum of the Bible, said Thursday flanked by artistic renderings of the 430,000-square-foot-building. “Hopefully, it will be a great addition to this city. As you know, Washington, D.C. is the capital of museums in the world.”  For years, Hobby Lobby President Green has been looking to create a museum focused on the history, stories, and narrative of the Bible. A collector of numerous valued biblical artifacts, Green eventually purchased a facility in the nation’s capital back in 2012. According to the museum’s fact sheet, once completed the Museum of the Bible will include eight floors and a basement that will house more than 500 biblical texts and artifacts; one rooftop biblical garden; permanent exhibits on the history, impact and narrative of the Bible; libraries and museum galleries; and will be open to 60 seminaries and universities worldwide whose students will be conducting research on the Green family’s collection. In an interview with The Christian Post, Summers explained that the local response to the work at the site has intentionally been “low key. “It’s been very low-key only because we have not really exposed much. Inside the building there is a tremendous amount of construction going on,” said Summers. “Floors are being removed. So what you see and hear inside is multi times this. So it’s been rather quiet and that is exactly what we would hope at this stage.” Summers also explained that once completed, they expct to see tour groups from public, private and homeschool groups, based off of their experiences with the traveling exhibition of biblical artifacts destined for the museum. More