trip back in time
explores a Biblical view of history
message and entertainment
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(March 2008) A roar echoes though the hall as a
dinosaur turns its head, seemingly meeting the eyes of onlookers. Elsewhere,
another giant lizard peacefully browses among the greenery as children
squeal in delight.
Creation Museum, which opened
last summer, includes exhibits, a
nature trail and a botanical garden.
These arent sets from an upcoming blockbuster movie,
but rather exhibits at the Petersburg Creation Museum. Spokesman and
co-founder Mark Looy, 53, describes the museum saying, This really
is a fun, entertaining place for our guests.
The Creation Museum opened Memorial Day Weekend in 2007. Combing fossils
and animatronic dinosaurs with a literal interpretation of the book
of Genesis, the $27 million museum has caused controversy throughout
the country. The nationwide discussion of the museums rejection
of evolution has lead to great curiosity about its exhibits in
just eight months, the museum has welcomed more than 315,000 visitors.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning
March 21, the museum will offer extended hours, remaining open until
9 p.m. on Fridays and opening an hour early at 9 a.m. on Saturdays.
Located in Northern Kentucky, the museum is an easy 30-minute drive
Looy explains, The thrust of the museum is a walk through history
according to the Bible.
Much of the museum is dedicated to a defense of Genesis as a factual
account of how the world began. Embracing the view that all life on
Earth was created in six days, exhibits present humans and dinosaurs
living alongside each other. Other exhibits show the power of the Biblical
flood and discuss the effect such a flood would have had on the fossil
Bullittsburg Church Rd.,
Petersburg, Ky. (near Hebron)
Admission: Adults (ages 13-59): $19.95; Seniors (60-up)
$14.95; Children (ages 5-12) $9.95; Children (under 5) Free. Planetarium
with admission $7.
Information, call 1-888-582-4253 or visit the website:
Whatever ones view of the museums mission,
visitors are certain to be entranced by the high-tech exhibits and special
In addition to the museums already famous animatronic dinosaurs,
visitors can also enjoy a state of the art planetarium and a special-effects
theater. This highly popular theater includes seats that shake and a
mist that falls over the audience, making visitors feel as though they
are experiencing part of the Biblical flood.
Looy describes the Creation Museum as combining the best aspects of
a theme park with a natural history museum. The comparison to an amusement
park is not surprising considering that exhibit designer Patrick Marshs
previous work includes scenic design for Universal Studios Jaws
and King Kong attractions.
Situated on 49 acres, the 65,000-square-foot museum includes a mile
of nature trails as well as botanical gardens. Its even
bigger than they realize, Looy warns guests.
He added that visitors tend to spend more than four hours in the museum.
If guests want to cover everything, including the 50 short videos, a
visit can increase to seven hours.
Each week, the museum features authors and lecturers to discuss a variety
of scientific and social topics.
Creation Museum offers large
displays of prehistoric animals,
Upcoming speakers include Buddy Davis, who will discuss
his trip to Alaska to examine dinosaur bones. An accomplished artist,
Davis is known for his life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs, some of which
can be viewed at the museum. Davis will share stories from his Alaskan
adventure and speak on ways that he finds dinosaurs to be better explained
by the Bible than by evolution. Other guest speakers will encourage
visitors to reflect on ways that Genesis relates to modern cultural
issues ranging from cloning to racism.
The museums founders have been very pleased with the number of
visitors and already plans are in the works for expansion.
A new program for the planetarium is being designed and even more childrens
areas will be added to the exhibits. Later in the year museum officials
hope to begin hosting rotating exhibits, beginning with a display of
antique Bibles. With ever-changing attractions, the museum aims to remain
fresh and attract repeat visitors.
Looy reflects on the museum as a realization of a 14 year dream saying,
Its even better than I envisioned. The creativity that went
into it is a tribute to our team of designers.
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