Petersburg, Kentucky

 

There's perhaps no museum more polarizing in the US than Ken Ham's Creation Museum. Do you believe that the universe was created 6,000 years ago? Do you believe that dinosaurs walked the earth only a few thousand years ago? If you do, then there's a museum in Petersburg, Kentucky for you! You don't? Well, it's still worth the price of admission. And that's $30, by the way. Ouch.

The museum itself is gorgeous. There's no denying that. The animatronics are top notch. The exhibits, while disagreeable to the average American, are of the quality you'd expect from a big city (most definitely not from a small town in northern Kentucky). The gardens are impressive. The petting zoo, while I'm not a fan of touching animals I've never met before, is lively. The food is also not bad. So, what's there to dislike?

I do not believe that the world was created 6,000 years ago. Most folks don't. For fun, just to see how persuasive the museum was, I suspended belief. I wanted the Creation Museum to "enlighten" me. I wanted them to at least persuade me that the Earth could  have been created 6,000 years ago, let alone the entire universe. Well, they failed. For example, the museum is quick to point out that they have issues with radiocarbon dating, a means to estimate the age of an object via the content of carbon-14 within it. This method has dated objects to tens of thousands years old, well beyond the Creationist's perceived age of the universe. While this hesitancy to accept this scientific method is highly questionable (they've been doing radiocarbon dating for several decades now), I respect the fact that they have some reservations. BUT, tell me why! Point out in detail the questions you have with radiocarbon dating. And, tell me when the scientific community has shunned these questions. They don't do that. They simply demonize most of the scientific community. That's it. Literally. How crazy is this? Well, they screen a film called Men in White. In it, two angels named Gabe and Mike (get it, get it???) criticize scientists who attack Creationists. I get it. Some scientists are very, very zealous and oftentimes belittle religion. But their behavior is not an indictment of their methods! Gabe and Mike, stop being hypocritical.

For $30, you're going to be entertained. Food is not included, but access to the gardens and most shows are packaged in. Personally, I can't say I learned anything new; however, the experience was something I'll never forget. It was almost like being in an alternate universe. From a sociological standpoint, it was quite interesting to see the museum-goers. I kept asking myself, "Do these folks appreciate both sides of the argument?" Most probably did not. The majority probably dismiss the Big Bang and Evolution as fast as some scientists ridicule religion and the religious. But, that's what makes this place so interesting! Unless you live in the Bible Belt, you probably don't see these viewpoints all too often. Come for the animatronics, stay for the experience.