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The Creation Museum is the brainchild of Dr. Ken Ham, originally of Australia. In 1994, he began his US-based ministry, and now is the founder of the Creation Museum, as well as his website www.answersingenesis.org and a well-done, informative magazine titled “Answers.” The web site, museum, and magazine are full of data disproving evolution and absolutely proving the sovereignty of God as our Creator and Savior. On the museum website, Ken points out that evolution has had a negative effect on society. It is his hope (and God’s plan) that the Creation Museum will help dispel questions that people have and point them to the one true God.
At the end of August, my husband and I visited the Creation Museum and have only one word to say to everyone: GO!
Even if you are a Christian who totally believes in the accuracy of the Bible as God’s inerrant Word, you will be amazed at this display. The museum is a 60,000 square foot facility, chock full of dinosaurs, the creation story, murals, computer-generated effects, and a host of exciting discoveries. As we entered the lobby, we were in a world of long-ago, complete with a few dinosaurs and some young children playing in the water. We continued through the walk in time, starting with a four-minute video on the six days of creation.
The rooms throughout the museum are odd-shaped, giving an aura of anticipation – what is around the next corner?
Take your time as you travel through the rooms of the Bible. Read the placards and posters. Study the photographs, murals, and lifelike figures of people and things. Take some photographs of your own.
Different rooms host different themes such as Adam and Eve with several of the animals. The Garden was a peaceful, beautiful place in which Adam and Eve enjoyed a leisurely playful time in a small pond. The serpent lurked nearby, waiting for his opportunity.
To me, one of the most striking exhibits was Adam and Eve wearing their new clothes, made by God from a slain animal. The look of horror on Eve’s face is very realistic as she perhaps contemplated that just a few hours ago she played with the very animal whose skin she was now wearing.
As we traveled through the pages of the Bible, we entered a nearly life-size exhibit of a piece of Noah’s Ark. We watched as scaffolding was built and the Ark was prepared for habitation. Further on, we saw the Ark floating away as people wailed from the peaks of soon-to-be flooded mountains.
The Biblical Authority room is loaded with historical documents, scrolls, and similar items. Take the time to read all of the documents and be prepared to believe in God’s authority.
Graffiti Alley was a stunning reminder of how corrupt our world has become. One sign states: Today, Man Decides Truth. But the word Truth is crossed out and replaced with Whatever. I mentioned to my husband that this sign could be used as a Biblical example, if we consider Philippians 4:8 - “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things” (NIV).
When you go, be sure to spend the extra few dollars to attend the presentation in the Planetarium. You will be astounded at this production and amazed at the grandeur and majesty of God. My husband was deeply moved by the realization of how small we are in this enormously vast universe. We are still marveling at the magnitude of what is in God’s control.
If you’re hungry by now, having traveled through six thousand years, have lunch at Noah’s Café. The food is quite good and reasonably priced.
Don’t forget to browse through the Dragon Hall Bookstore, full of books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and many take-home items.
Once outside, take some time to think about the Garden of Eden as you stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens. A gently winding path guides you through a maze of plant life and several animal depictions. Watch out for the Sea Serpent lurking in the nearby pond.
The museum cost around $27 million to complete to date. That sounds like a lot of money (and indeed it is), but it’s more astounding to consider that the funds came entirely from private investors, as is stated on a sign inside the museum.
As Christians, we must believe in the absolute authority of the Bible and God’s Word. If we waver in our beliefs, we lose our credibility. In this age of buffet-style religions, it’s tantamount that we embrace the six literal days of creation (6000 years ago), that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
The Creation Museum is located at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road in Petersburg, KY, which is about fifteen minutes from the Cincinnati International Airport.
We stayed at a hotel in Florence, Kentucky, had a leisurely breakfast, and then spent most of the day at the museum.
Enjoy your visit and consider taking non-believing friends. Watch in amazement as they learn the truths of God.