By Mark Looy
One-of-a-kind museum offers groups a high-tech tour through biblical history.
The pages of the Bible come to life for visitors of the acclaimed Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, located in Petersburg, KY – two exits west of the Cincinnati Airport and within a day’s drive of almost two-thirds of the continental U.S. This $27 million “walk through history” museum counters evolutionary natural history museums that turn minds against Scripture.
This one-of-a-kind, high-tech museum features: life-size animatronics, striking videos, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a Special Effects Theater, both kid-friendly and scientific exhibits, outdoor nature gardens, a Japanese-style koi pond, a petting zoo and much more.
Spread out over 75,000 square feet incorporating up to 40-foot ceilings to contain some of its massive exhibits, the museum goes beyond telling the compelling story of the c
reation of life on this planet to proclaiming the Bible as supreme authority in all matters it addresses.
Church and school groups
Both church and school groups have found the museum to be an exciting, entertaining and educational destination for all ages. The many special accommodations for groups include discount tickets, several pavilions for outdoor eating, seating for picnic lunches at tables near the pavilions, pre-arranged box lunches or meal vouchers for the museum’s restaurants and catering for larger groups. Meeting space is also available, and groups may even arrange for specific speakers and topics for their groups, based upon availability and with an additional fee.
As the museum presents its walk through the history of the Bible, visitors will see real dinosaur bones (and a clutch of eggs and other exceptional fossils), examine a superb mineral collection, take a tour of the universe inside a state-of-the-art 78-seat planetarium and experience what they would typically find in a first-class natural history museum. Outside, there is mile-long nature trail around a scenic three-acre lake that takes visitors through the beautiful botanical garden, which ends at a unique petting zoo.
The museum’s striking exhibits demonstrate to guests that the Bible is the “true history book of the universe” as they take a time journey through a visual presentation of the “Seven C’s of History” according to Scripture: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross and Consummation.
The “Knee-High Museum” children’s exhibits include child-friendly and interactive additions to existing displays. The first set of Knee-High exhibits appears in the “Walk Through History” portion of the museum. Children can explore Critter Canyon, where a brightly colored handprint invites them to investigate.
The Voyage of the Ark Room boasts another exciting interactive exhibit for children and adults alike. A life-like Noah is sitting at his desk, ready to answer questions about the flood. Children choose a question on the monitor and see the animatronic Noah come to life.
Having just celebrated its fourth anniversary, the museum has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors and the world’s major media. Opened to the public on May 28, 2007, attendance ran so strong the first summer that the Creation Museum saw 250,000 guests by October — a number it hadn’t expected to see until the end of the first year. Despite a struggling economy, museum attendance has remained steady, reaching the one millionth
visitor milestone in less than three years, on April 26, 2010.
Mark Looy is co-founder and Chief Communications Officer for Answers in Genesis and its Creation Museum. www.creationmuseum.org