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On April 3 Emma and I toured the Creation Museum in Kentucky. [Disclosure: We received free tickets to the museum, planetarium, and workshop in exchange for an honest review of our experience.] There were two other iHomeschool Network bloggers in our group — Laurie Bostwick and Cindy West. We three blogging moms and our eight children enjoyed a full day of fun at this one-of-a-kind site.
To give you the punchline right away — it was incredible! The museum far surpassed my expectations.
What Does the Creation Museum Cover?
Much broader than just creation, the Creation Museum covers Bible history in Genesis and beyond. We walked through exhibits of creation, the Garden of Eden, the fall of man, Noah, Moses, and the sacrificial system. There is even a section about the history of the Bible. Video presentations are interspersed among the displays. I really appreciated those spots to sit down and rest because the museum is quite large.
The premise of the museum is the 7 Cs: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation.
Creation is emphasized because as the characters in the 4D special effects theater said, “If you can discount the Genesis record, then you can discount God.” The entire museum exists to demonstrate how reliable the Bible is and how much God loves science.
I fully expected there to be displays contrasting evolution with creationism, and I was not disappointed. All those evolutionary diagrams we learned in school were juxtaposed with fresh visuals that demonstrate the Biblical truth of creation. I had never seen creationism in that way, and it really communicated effectively to me.
A common theme throughout the museum was that we do not know what early man (such as Lucy) or dinosaurs really looked like. The humble admission that there is a lot of guess work involved in science was very refreshing to hear.
There are hands-on exhibits, and I only saw a single do not touch sign the whole time I was there. (I don’t mean to imply that every exhibit could be touched but that there was a very inviting and free atmosphere there. Some museums are stuffy and guarded by cranky docents who can’t wait to reprimand a child. The Creation Museum was the polar opposite.) We could take photos anywhere in the facility.
One of my favorite parts of the entire day was the hands-on T-rex workshop by Buddy Davis. He sculpts models of dinosaurs, and taught us how to do the same in two-dimension on paper. It was a very fun and instructive activity.
What is there to see at the Creation Museum?
- a petting zoo
- a garden with ponds, plants, and two suspended bridges
- a planetarium (delightfully free of the millions and billions of years propaganda)
- hands-on workshops
- museum exhibits
- the gift shop
- a special effects theater
- photo ops (atop a stegasaurus or with a digital dinosaur background)
- a dinosaur stamp collection
The museum is far more than a museum. There is a large outside area that is landscaped beautifully with water, suspension bridges, and plants.
A petting zoo features unique animals such as the zedonk and zorse, animals that remind us how God created “each according to their kind.”
Throughout the park, are inspiring yet tasteful reminders of the Creator.
Where is the Creation Museum?
The Creation Museum is in KY about three hours from Nashville, TN and about 20 minutes from Cincinnati, OH. If you are in Nashville, it is absolutely worth the drive. But make sure to leave a whole day to tour, especially if the weather is nice. The outside portion of the museum was delightful and not to be missed.
Tips for Visiting the Creation Museum
- There is a great restaurant inside the museum. It has plenty of options and is not as expensive as you might expect. There is also a coffee stall and ice cream stand as well as other snack areas with pizza and such fare. You don’t have to worry about bringing food to the museum. I snacked on a banana, though, and no one chastised me for doing so.
- Just an exit down, in Hebron, is a wonderful Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic outlet. If you have any energy left after visiting the Creation Museum, stop by for a few bargains. I stocked up on $1 and $2 t shirts for my Operation Christmas Child boxes.
- Look for Ken Ham’s dinosaur stamp collection down a long hall in the lower level.
- Your museum passes are valid for two days, so you can stretch out your visit if you like. We felt that a single day was enough to see everything, though, and that included a workshop and a planetarium visit.
- Do not miss the workshop with Buddy Davis. It’s outstanding!
- I had a very hard time getting and keeping a phone and wireless signal at the Creation Museum. There is free wifi, but in my experience, it is not accessible in most of the building. So if you are uploading images, do it in the lobby or outside where the signal is better.
- Save some money for buying books in the gift shop. There is a plethora of curriculum choices from publishers like MasterBooks and Answers in Genesis among others.
- Call your visit school for the day. You covered science, Bible, history, math, and art. The Creation Museum is one of those places I call an Ultimate Field Trip. You are bombarded with so much educational goodness that you don’t even have to follow up or school-ify it. Just enjoy it!