". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Creation Museum

As mentioned in an earlier post, we are currently at Kings Island Resort and Conference Center (I think it should be King's Island or Kings' Island, but they don't use an apostrophe) in Mason, Ohio, where my oldest son is competing in a chess tournament (he won his morning match, by the way). We have been coming here for 4-5 years now. It's not too long of a drive, the accommodations are very nice and reasonably priced thanks to the negotiated chess rate, and Trevor likes the playing schedule and time control.

On our trip here last year we decided to take advantage of our proximity to Kentucky and visit the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. Ever since then I have been intending to write a blog post about our visit, but something else always seemed to take precedence. I guess one year late is better than never!

The Creation Museum is really not what most of us think of when we think of museums. It doesn't house a lot of old stuff. Instead, it is a huge, multi-roomed exhibit dedicated to teaching the Biblical truth of creation. It's a walk through the creation week as well as an effort to provide attendees with the knowledge needed to defend Biblical creation and discredit the flawed theory of evolution. There is, for example, one room devoted entirely to the Scopes trial. Other questions addressed are things like "What happened to the dinosaurs?" and "How did all those people and animals fit on the ark?" One of the most impressive parts of our tour was a powerful planetarium-style movie about the the heavenly bodies and earth's place among them. My daughter said she left the presentation feeling "awestruck."

The museum was still undergoing construction when we visited. These are one-year-old pictures, so they may not accurately reflect the current state of things.

Here's a far shot of the museum from across the body of water that is situated on its beautifully landscaped grounds. A pleasant walking trail winds its way through those grounds.

Some shots of the dinosaur exhibit, including one model that emphasizes the co-existence of humans and dinosaurs.

The unifying theme of the museum, from Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, is the "7 C's of Creation."

The Garden of Eden display.

Solomon, Moses, and David.

Marty (Luther) and me.

Learning about the cosmos.
Deep thoughts!
More deep thoughts!
Not-so-deep (but definitely fun) thoughts!

My, how they've grown in only a year!

If you find yourself in the Cincinnati area, I would strongly recommend an educational side trip to this peaceful, thought-provoking and soul-feeding haven in northern, rural Kentucky. I think it would be especially appropriate for junior-high or high school age students on a church or school field trip. It brings the creation/evolution debate to life in a hands-on way that may resonate with young people a lot more than simply reading about it in a book.

1 comment:

Marie N. said...

Thanks for your review of the museum! I thought Jr. High age would be a good time to go here too so we have held off. Our youngest is about to make 7, so it is still a few years away for us.