And even back then I wondered why on earth the construction of one museum was stirring up so much trouble. As a devout Christian who believes in a literal, 6 day creation, I can’t take my children to a science museum or zoo ANYWHERE that doesn’t try to present the theory of evolution as indisputable fact, when by their own standards it isn’t fact at all! I couldn’t understand what was so horrible and so threatening about ONE museum that would offer a differing viewpoint.
Because it is good. REALLY good. In fact, I’ve never visited a museum that was more beautifully designed or more state-of-the-art. No doubt there are many who would love to laugh off the idea of this Creation Museum, but it’s awfully hard to take it so lightly when it is so unbelievably well done.
We chose to start off with a show in the Stargazer’s Planetarium before entering the museum itself, so we spent a few minutes looking around in the main hall until start time. We reclined in our comfy chairs to watch the show “Created Cosmos” overhead and it was amazing. My kids were so excited to hear “Mr. Whittaker”, (Paul Herlinger,) narrating, and seeing the expanse of our solar system and the universe beyond left me saying along with David,
We got to explore the building site for Noah’s Ark.
And even ask Noah some questions. Polly Wolly thought this part of the exhibit was pretty cool!
I was really interested in the Dragon Invasion exhibit. I’m intrigued by the fact virtually every corner of the world has ancient legends about dragons with eery similarities. The kids loved Dr. Crawley’s Insectorium. I’ve never seen so many insects in my life! Thank heavens they were all under GLASS. And thank heavens I’ve never run into any bugs the size of some of those!
Eventually we stopped for a little snack on the deck outside Noah’s Cafe. It was a perfect day for a visit!
Later we strolled through the botanical gardens located beside the Creation Museum. I was thoroughly impressed with the gardens! I think I could have spent the entire day just wandering through them. Or maybe tucked away in some shady corner with a good book…
The kids enjoyed camel rides…
And a visit to the petting zoo.
Before we headed home we stopped in at the Dragon’s Den Bookstore. It was the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever visited. I could have spent a really long time and a lot of money there. Fortunately, by that point I was too tired to do either!
Truly, I was impressed. I had heard the Creation Museum was amazing, but it exceeded my expectations by far.
The museum is not merely creation-centered, but gospel-centered; aimed at not only offering evidence in support of the Genesis account, but in sharing the salvation message of Jesus Christ. I’m sure it’s something that makes evolutionary scientists very uncomfortable; this blending of science and faith. But I completely agree with the argument that says it hardly makes sense to separate the two! As I’ve heard Mr. Ham express before, if the first 11 chapters of Genesis are a lie, then what reason do we have to trust the rest of the Bible? I appreciate the ministry of Answers in Genesis and their efforts to not only convince people to be creationists, but to be believers in Christ.
|A garden plaque and one of my favorite scriptures|
If I was trying to find any fault with the museum it would be just these things: Sometimes I found the transition from one exhibit area to another to be a little… awkward. Maybe I was looking for a flow when a flow wasn’t necessary or intended. Or maybe a second trip would clear things up for me. There is certainly A LOT to take in and especially with children in tow, it’s impossible to grasp it all. Also, the museum stays busy, (we were there on a Monday–probably not their busiest day of the week,) and there were several areas along the way where the pathways narrowed and the crowd would tend to bottleneck. It was a convenience issue, not a safety one, but sometimes there was no easy movement forward or backward and I kept thinking how grateful I was to have children fully potty-trained! I can’t imagine being caught in one of those spots in an emergency!
Without question, however, our first visit to the Creation Museum was a delight! It was so refreshing to finally be able to walk through a science museum with our children and not have to offer constant disclaimers for the things we saw and heard. There is remarkable evidence for a young earth, a worldwide flood, and intelligent design, but it’s generally ignored and even mocked by modern science. Yet these same mainstream scientists gloss over or explain away some of the serious problems with the fossil record and evolutionary theory.
And they call us the narrow-minded ones. Go figure.
Museums promoting faith in evolution are a dime a dozen. What a pleasure to finally visit one promoting faith in something far greater!