Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 4, 2020

Best Religious Museums

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BibleScienceGuy and friends
at the stern of the Ark Encounter

Recently the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY won the Best Religious Museum award from USA TODAY‘s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2020 poll.

The Creation Museum of Petersburg, KY claimed the second spot. Both museums are run by Answers in Genesis.

Coming in third place was the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

I have visited both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum multiple times and highly recommend each of them. The two attractions are only about 45 minutes apart, so they can both be visited on the same journey. Multi-day combo tickets are available.

This is an especially good year for families to visit these museums because kids 10 and under receive free admission throughout 2020 at both attractions!

Ark Encounter

The Ark Encounter is a full-size Noah’s Ark built according to the dimensions reported in Genesis — 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. All three decks of the Ark are full of impressive exhibits. In fact, the technical sophistication and professional quality of the museum exhibits worry evolutionists because the exhibits are so persuasive. An adjacent 2,500-seat Answers Center features daily programs along with occasional concerts and conferences.

Inside the Ark, visitors experience life on Noah’s Ark as they view Noah and his family in their living quarters and see how the animals may have been housed. The Ark Encounter also features a zoo, a huge family playground, and an extensive network of zip lines. A large restaurant named after Noah’s wife (per tradition) offers really good food.

BibleScienceGuy wrestles a 12-ft, 50-lb
live python at the Creation Museum

Creation Museum

The Creation Museum‘s theme is Prepare to Believe! The museum features an illustrated walk through Biblical history with over 140 state-of-the-art exhibits including a realistic Garden of Eden, an animatronic Noah, and Flood dioramas.

A 4D Special Effects Theater delivers an immersive experience for educational presentations. The museum also features a planetarium, workshops, and beautiful gardens. Kids will especially enjoy the petting zoo with camel rides.

I rode the zip lines at the Creation Museum in October 2015. It was scary stepping off the launch platform into space, but zipping over the lake was exhilarating. Over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges will especially thrill kids as they zip across the lake and throughout the hilly woods around the museum.

Family fends off dinosaurs at the Creation Museum

Family fends off dinosaurs at AiG‘s Creation Museum

Religious Museums

Twenty religious museums were available for online votes over the course of about a month in the 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. But surprisingly, museums that promote evolutionism were not on the voting list of religious museums. Such museums actually promote the religion of atheism and hence should have been nominated as religious museums. All natural history museums and all creationist museums are religious because each has a worldview that it proclaims through its exhibits.

It would have been interesting to see the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum go head-to-head with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and watch enthusiasm for the Biblical worldview museums swamp an evolutionist worldview museum.

Questions to Ponder

1. When you visit a museum, do you evaluate the institution’s worldview and bias?
2. What questions can you prepare in advance to ask museum guides, rangers, or naturalists who interpret exhibits or nature according to an evolutionary point of view?
(Hint: “How do you know . . . ?” questions are a good start.)

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday March 4, 2020 A.D.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11-12)

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