"Prepare to believe" is the slogan for the Creation Museum located in Petersburg, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio. It is operated by the Christian creationist apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG). It was started to promote an explanation of the origin of the earth based on a literal interpretation of the Bible's Book of Genesis account of creation.
The state-of-the-art 70,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life with over 160 displays and exhibits. The funds to build the museum were raised entirely through private donations to AiG, and it opened on May 28, 2007. Ken Ham is president and founder of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis.
Creation Museum EntranceEntrance to the Creation museum
One of the first exhibits as visitors enter the museum is Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Here, visitors learn how Adam named the animals as they walk through the Garden of Eden and observe the Tree of Life and of Adam and Eve’s taking a bite of that infamous apple.
The Serpent with Adam and Eve in the Creation MuseumThe Serpent with Adam and Eve in the Creation Museum
Another exhibit is Noah’s Ark Construction Site. It is a full-scale cross-section of the Ark. The exhibit explains the how Noah constructed the Ark, his tools, and explores how Noah and his family may have solved the problems of taking care of the all the different kinds of animals in the Ark. Now visitors can see an actual full size replica of the Ark at the Ark Encounter a short distance from the Creation Museum.
Ark Encounter in KentuckyArk Encounter in Kentucky
The Creation Museum has excellent dinosaur-related exhibits, including dinosaur eggs and bones, plus realistic animatronic models (ones that move). But a dinosaur skeleton of an Allosaurus fragilis has recently been added. The museum’s new dinosaur probably stood ten feet high and was thirty feet long. Within the museum are other attractions. There are theater shows and the Stargazer's Planetarium. In the theater, one show called the Six Days Theater is a video presentation summarizing the six days of creation as recorded in the book of Genesis. Other themes of the theater presentations are Men in White and The Last Adam. The museum's restaurant is called Noah’s Café and a Dragon Hall Bookstore offers gifts and accessories.
Outside the museum other attractions provide entertainment for visitors. The Botanical Gardens has over five hundred varieties of plants in its gardens. There is a hummingbird and butterfly garden, a rain forest garden, and swinging bridges. All the gardens are connected with a five-foot-wide paved walkway, which is just under a mile long and can accommodate strollers and wheelchairs. A five-acre lake within the gardens contains over 6,000 plants with a surrounding walking path. For the kids there is a petting zoo and for the more adventurous there are over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges.
Explanation of Dinosaurs in the Creation MuseumExplanation of Dinosaurs in the Creation Museum
Creation Museum Botanical GardenCreation Museum Botanical Garden
The grounds of the Creation MuseumThe grounds of the Creation Museum