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“Creationist Museum, Even less scientific than I expected...”
Review of Creation Museum

Creation Museum
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

This museum was a true oddity. While on occasion you would have an exhibit defining a certain type of animal or characteristics of species, most of the museum was about literal interpretation of the Bible. Many positive reviews say that you should not listen to the negative reviews due to close mindedness. Allow me to say that I came in with a skeptical yet open mind. The problem with this museum is not the fundamentals of belief (everyone is entitled to their beliefs), but rather redefining what science is.

Firstly, the place defines scientific theory as human reasoning. While reasoning is used as a part of science, it also uses a ton of falsification to test theories using measurement and observation, and reasoning can be used to link ideas. That reasoning also needs to be falsified! The point of falsification is to try and prove a theory is false by running experiments against it. This very museum uses "human reasoning" to interpret the natural world according to the bible. They even say that human reasoning is infallible like gods word, so put no faith in human reasoning. At least they do show what reasnoing without any science can get you:

"..thorns came after Adam's sin, about six thousand years ago, not millions of years ago. Since we have discovered thorns in the fossil record, along with dinosaurs and other plants and animals, they all must have lived at the same time as humans, after Adam's sin"

So up above devoid of a single scientific experiment, they used the bible to influence reasoning with no falsification. Also the museum was filled with panels with no descriptions ie. a picture of bacteria, who's only caption was "bacteria". How is this educational? I'm not sure even what the point of all these panels were. Even more oddly is that the museum believes in a form of evolution called super evolutions which even one panel states that they have no scientific evidence which leads them to conclude god must have given animals the tools to evolve rapidly. Its mind blowing to the rational mind. Sure if you want to say it in church, but don't call it science!

I normally wouldn't care, but there were children at this museum, all of whom that believe will never grow up to become scientists and probably help to destroy the very science that makes this museum possible. Its not about Christianity; its about scientific method not being respected. They don't show the "evolutionist side" scientifically nor do they show the "creationist side" scientifically. It is merely ideological rationalization which makes science look as though it were all just philosophy. This is the true danger.

After this trip I did some research on one of the main creationist scientists; Michael Behe stated in court UNDER OATH that the definition of "theory" as he applied it to intelligent design was so loose that astrology would qualify as a scientific theory as well. America, enjoy religion if you like, BUT don't turn science into religion. DO NOT GO!

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Reviewed July 3, 2010

We went with the assumption that everything in scripture is true and found many interesting ideas that simply supported what we already believed. Everything was very professionally done. If we didn't have our kids with us, we would have spent more time reading the details. The kids (ages 9 and 11) did get a little bored. We gave them our camera and video camera, so they were occupied taking about a million pictures.

The kids did enjoy the petting zoo, and we all liked the "Men in White" video which didn't cost extra.

We ate lunch at McDonalds - an exit or two away - in Indiana.

1  Thank pslexbrown
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Reviewed June 27, 2010

We visited the Creation Museum under the impression that at the end, the guest would have a choice between creation theory or evolution theory. This was definitely not the case--the entire museum is based on the book of Genesis (which I DO happen to believe) and is basically shoved in the guests' faces all the way through the museum. Evolution is discussed only briefly and is even explained as a farce in the movie "Men in White" where the actors are basically stating not to believe in science. I'm not sure this is an appropriate message to send to our children. Further, while the displays are realistic and some are very interesting, there are some that are extremely graphic and wildy inappropriate for children; specifically a bloody pig sacrifice and a poster sized photo of a man using a tourniquet to tighten his arm enough to shoot heroin into his arm. Children should not see this, IMHO.

The museum does have a great bookstore and a very clean facility. The best part was the planetarium which I really appreciated.

Overall, I'm not sure how to advise others on this museum. It's really one of those things you have to see for yourself and make your own decisions. However, again, take into consideration that some of the displays are very graphic and may be unsuitable for children even though this museum is advertised as appropriate for families. Not sure if I agree with that at all.

8  Thank KentuckyTravelBug80
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Reviewed May 19, 2010

My mom, sister, and I took my two little boys (they are both under three). We had a great time! It is a wonderful museum with beautiful exterior grounds and a petting zoo. Make sure your get planetarium tickets! They had good food in the museum but they have great covered pavilions with picnic tables if you bring your own lunch. The exhibits are amazing and fascinating. My almost three year old is fascinated by dinosaurs and he loved the museum.

1  Thank EYEAVIATE
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

This museum is a state of the art museum. You will find both the admission fees and the food more reasonably priced than most secular museums. For once, you will see both the creation and evolutionary world views side by side. You will be able to compare the claims of each, the weight of the evidence and then formulate your own conclusions. Take the time to read the exhibit materials! Take the time to look at the many scientific videos that are throughout the entire museum. Any open minded, analytical person will be able to appreciate having this infomation right in front of them to review. Then you can come to your own conclusions.

The evidence is there for all to see and to analyze intelligently. Those who refuse to do this already have their minds made up and are not willing to objectively analyze the evidence, which by the way, is the true scientific method. Two world views are presented at the museum: creation and evolution. The worldview that one adopts has a profound effect on individual belief concerning origins and morality. The resounding effects (concerning beliefs and morality) of adopting either world view is presented in the museum exhibiits and the effects are explosive.

This museum will make you think. It is great for kids because they will learn a great deal of science and other academic disciplines, namely: biology, chemistry, archaeology, paleontology, astronomy, geology, physics, genetics, history (ancient and some modern), biblical theology and morality, etc. This is far more than any other individual secular museum that I have attended, including the Museum of Natural History and Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

In addition, the grounds for the nature walk ( a huge japanese style garden) cover acres and is absolutely huge and beautiful. The kids will love the petting zoo! In addition, the food is good and reasonably priced. There is a good selection of healthy food and some fast food if you desire. The museum is equipped with animatronic dinosaurs, incredibly artistic and detailed exhibits, many places to sit and rest while watching short educational videos which are all throughout the museum, a planetarium (this show is exceptional and filled with much more detail and better graphics than the Chicago Planetarium show), 3-4 auditoriums with special short movie viewings (i.e. Men in White, Dinosaur and Dragon Legends, The Last Adam, 6 day Theatre) - all of which were enjoyable and provided you with interesting information to follow up on in your own individual research, a dinosaur den with dinosaur exhibits and much, much more. All well worth the price as you would have to go to several museums to see only some of what is available at the Creation Museum (and it is still cheaper than the average museum admission fee).

Overall, a trip to the Creation Museum will be both fun and educational. If you can, get the 2 day pass because there are some things you will want to see again. You will easily stay in the museum for over 5-6 hours because there is so much to see, and you will want to return to your "favorite" spots on day 2.

Don't listen to anyone who says you should not go to this museum. I go to secular museums to gather the knowledge that they present and to scrutinize the evidence for myself. I also went to the Creation Museum to do the same thing. Any thinking person wants to gather all of the evidence, weigh it, do some follow up research, then come to his/her own conclusions. Take the kids also. It is very good for them. Families will walk away with more knowledge, quite a few surprises and smiles and a whole lot to think about, research and consider.

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