Well, did you guess we visited the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum in Kentucky for our fall break? We had been looking forward to our visit there since the museum opened earlier this spring and also since we'd seen pictures posted by friends from their trip (Caleb's blog has a much more thorough commentary and an excellent pictorial of the museum than what I've posted here).
We started our day waiting outside in line with the rest of the folks on a very warm morning. Thankfully, the doors opened soon, and we were inside and signing up to see the Planetarium's first showing. If you ever visit, make sure you get to see this show as we thought it was the best planetarium presentation we had ever seen!
There was the Dragon Hall bookstore to browse, Noah's Cafe in which to grab a bite of lunch, multi-media presentations (the Six Days of Creation was my favorite!), and many well-done sections that presented the gospel story: the Creation showing the Tree of Life and Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark with animated figures working on the ark, the Last Adam Theater portraying Christ's death on the cross, the dinosaur displays, and scripture everywhere. The gospel message was evident throughout, and it is my prayer that many will visit this wonderful museum and their hearts and minds will be opened to believe.
Jonathan enjoyed the many dinosaurs located throughout the museum, as you can see! Their teeth and tongues were so realistic--the animated ones actually seemed to be dripping saliva, but maybe it was just my imagination!
The various dinosaurs in the newly opened Dinosaur Den were amazing! I lost count of the total number of dinosaurs in this particular section, but the Creation Museum certainly did an outstanding job with the scientific information presented and the actual creation of the dinosaurs themselves!
The botanical gardens around the Museum were beautiful, and the plants were thriving. We walked across the swinging bridge that led from the museum to the picnic area and gardens. Of course, Hannah and I loved this section and saw many different plants that were unfamiliar to us. I'm glad we visited when the gardens were still active with butterflies and birds.
And, of course, we posed for pictures on the humpback bridge across the pond before leaving. We had a wonderful visit and would definitely recommend the Creation Museum as a worthwhile destination. As a side note, on our way out we heard that Ken Ham was actually there that day meeting with the Board of Directors. Wouldn't that have made our day to get to meet him in person and thank him for coordinating the effort for such a museum? Maybe next time!
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