Evolution of the Creation Museum
There are museums and then there are museums. Some focus on history of objects such as cars, planes and space vehicles. Others detail the history of man and his planet…using the theory of evolution as their foundation.
Then there is the one-of-a-kind, high-tech museum in Petersburg, KY, that uses the biblical Genesis account of creation as a base. It’s called the Creation Museum and is chock full of life-like animatronic displays such as realistic moving dinosaurs. The privately owned, 70,000 square foot facility is located seven miles west of the Cincinnati Airport and cost $27 million to build. The official public opening took place May 28, 2007. Its mission being, to basically tell the creation account presented in Genesis.
Their official mission statement reads to:
“Exalt Jesus Christ as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer through a safe, wholesome, family-friendly center for learning and discovery.
Equip Christians to better evangelize the lost through a combination of exhibits, research, and educational presentations that uphold the inerrancy of the Bible.
Challenge visitors to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to accept the authority of the Bible.
Many visitors say the museum’s state of the art exhibits make the bible come to life for them.The characters as well as animal life are cast in dynamic form in their natural settings. Guests are literally treated to a time journey through a visual presentation of the Seven C’s of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross and Consummation. Adam and Eve inhabit the Garden of Eden, while dinosaurs roam about near Eden’s Rivers. Grand murals and art masterpieces provide an enhancing backdrop formany of the 160 exhibits.
There are also videos, state-of-the-art planetarium, a special effects Theater and much more. Some of the exhibits are so massive they require a 40-foot ceiling to contain. The planetarium’s digital projector showcases a spectacular spaceflight through billions of light years to the vast outer regions of the universe.The museum is in the process of building a full-size replica of Noah's Ark that will be an exhibit called The Ark Encounter. It will cost $24.5 million to build and is expected to be completed in 2014.
The 49-acre facility also presents a “walk through history” theme with Jesus Christ as the Creator of the universe. On the walk through history of the Bible, visitors will see real dinosaur bones, an exceptional mineral collection and take a tour of the universe inside a 78-seat planetarium. Outside, there is mile-long nature trail surrounding a scenic three-acre lake featuring a beautiful botanical garden. Over 6,000 plants have been placed within the lake area consisting of over 500 varieties. The Bog Garden is home to carnivorous plants like the amazing Venus flytrap and pitcher plant. There are also shady, spacious pavilions where visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch or eat something bought at their café. The hike ends at a petting zoo.
However, the museum hasn’t been without its detractors. It has received criticism from the scientific community, several groups of educators and the press as well. It was the subject of heated controversy since it was first proposed, because the museum is based on a young Earth Creationist view of the origins of life and the universe. In fact, local opposition caused a several year delay in getting construction approval. And on opening day visitors had to battle their way through a throng of protesters.
Authors Note: While researching this article, I came across many sites where writers felt the need to express objections and hatred concerning their views on Christianity and the Creation Museum. While some offended me, I respect their right to say them. However, this article is unbiased. I’m from the old school of journalism where “facts” are reported, not personal opinions. That is done in editorials and commentaries. This is not one of those. Please don’t post any here. They will be deleted.