Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the big Creation Museum in Kentucky. They grow up so fast, don’t they?
To recognize the occasion, the Northern Kentucky Enquirer offers us this article. It’s a sadly typical representative of the genre.
All 280 staff members of the museum and founding ministry, the nonprofit Answers in Genesis, begin their days in prayer before visitors arrive.
Since it opened May 28 last year, more than 400,000 people have visited the $27 million, 60,000-square-foot museum, which presents a literal interpretation of the Bible, including the belief that God created the world in six days 6,000 years ago.
“It’s humbling to think that God would allow us to be part of this,” Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham said.
“I think because it honors God’s word, honors him as creator, that we would say that God has mightily blessed us.”
“Humble” is not the first word I think of with respect to Ken Ham.
Here’s a charming euphemism:
For some of the museum’s visitors, it’s the perfect family vacation spot. It’s also a popular faith-building getaway for churches, as a field trip for Christian school groups and home-schooled families; or a spectacle for visitors who subscribe to a solely scientific view of natural history.
I guess I should be pleased by the implication that the museum is not really about science.
It seems the rot is growing:
To keep up with larger-than-expected crowds, the museum has added extra cafés and seating, doubled its restrooms, opened a two-story Dinosaur Den exhibit, added to its botanical gardens and walking trails and opened a petting zoo featuring llamas, miniature donkeys and goats.
New programming, including a lecture series, children’s reading program and theatrical performances, was introduced.
I’ll be driving to Western Kentucky next month to attend a friend’s wedding. The Museum is not terribly out of the way. Might have to stop by for a return visit!