I spent several hours today visiting Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum in Petersburg Kentucky. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about my visit there and my thoughts about the Museum and its presentation.
The Creation Museum is located just off I-275 in northern Kentucky. It’s a picturesque area, with lots of flat land and copious vegetation. A few miles down the road is the Cincinnati airport, making the location ideal for anyone to visit from anywhere in the United States. The Museum also has agreements with local hotels, allowing for people who make reservations using a special promo code to receive a discount. The museum itself sits on it’s own on a spacious property adorned with shrubs. Inside the front doors, there is a spacious atrium, with a few outside vendors and a bookstore. Adorning this front hall are several dinosaur models and a woolly mammoth skeleton.
The exhibits start immediately after the atrium. The theme running throughout the whole Museum is Ken Ham’s “Seven C’s of Creation”. Those Cs are “Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation.” Before reaching the first exhibit dedicated to those C’s, the Museum lays a background for its visitors by comparing God’s Word to man’s word. It does this in multiple ways, using dinosaurs, ancestry trees as seen below, and particularly the fossil “Lucy” evolutionists are so partial to.
Having made the comparison between God’s Word and man’s word, the Museum then compares the outcomes of following each one. It does this by introducing Biblical characters who wrote sections of God’s Word on paper, such as the three men below, and showing forth the hope the Scriptures provide. This is contrasted against the hopelessness of modern humanism. As I walked through the area displaying the results of evolutionary teaching, I jotted down one word: depressing. The Museum pulls no punches, describing evolution’s results, such as pornography, teen pregnancy, abortion, suicide etc.
Isaiah, Moses, and David
Having made the two alternatives starkly clear, the Museum moves into Dr. Ham’s “Seven Cs” beginning at the beginning with “Creation” and what looks and feels like the Garden of Eden. This exhibit includes a deptiction of Adam naming the animals including a penguin, which looks out of place today but would not have then.
It is around this point that the museum walkway begins descending towards the bottom floor which I cannot help but think is a deliberate design choice because it is at this point that the history of man begins to descend into darkness as we reach the second C of “Corruption”. The museum does an excellent job portraying just how heartbreaking man’s fall was and the damage it did to everything on earth. It reminds visitors that death is the penalty for sin. It then transfers smoothly into the third C of “Catastrophe”, by discussing Noah building the ark and layering. Going to bypass this for now and talk more about it in my Ark Encounter blog post which will go up later this week.
The one thing I will point out in the “Catastrophe” section of the Museum is Ebenezer Allosaurus, who’s head graces the cover of this post. Except that actually isn’t his head, its a cast of his head. His real head is displayed in a case nearby and is pictured below. The reason to display his head by itself is the head weighs much more than the cast and displaying it atop the body leads to the risk of it breaking its supports and falling to its destruction. Ebenezer got his name from the book of 1 Samuel where Samuel sets up a stone and calls it Ebenezer, to help the people remember that “Hitherto hath the LORD helped us”.
The fourth C the Museum presents is “Confusion” at the Tower of Babel. The Museum makes it clear that all men are descended from Noah through his three sons, and thus there is only one race of men in the world. It also displays some Babylonian style architecture and explains why God confused the languages and what happened thereafter. The last three Cs feel a bit like a missed opportunity and this is one of the few things I disliked about the Museum. The “Christ, Cross and Consummation” Cs were crushed together into one room without any exhibit boxes, merely wall placards to read. These placards presented Christ perfectly well, but a display case with perhaps Roman weaponry, coins, and Jewish pottery and the like from the time period would not have been out of place there. Compared to the rest of the Museum, it felt rushed.
Once a visitor has completed the seven Cs exhibits, there are still a few exhibits left to explore. There is a small hallway dedicated to dinosaurs, with about a dozen models and some cool fossils as well. A slightly larger hall is dedicated to entomology while a third currently hosts and exhibit from the Museum of the Bible regarding dragon legends and saints in the church that honestly is less than impressive. However, the dinosaur models are awesome.
The museum is well worth the price of admission. If you are trying to educate your children, or yourself about the origins of the universe, the Creation Museum is a great place to start. I would highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in science.