AIG Creation Museum, Kentucky

After visiting Gettysburg for 2 days, we needed to start heading west. We got up Friday, and drove all day! (all day for us is about 6 hours…we need lots of breaks!) We drove through the rest of Pennsylvania and through Ohio…

I had just talked to one of my sisters, and she said that we could not be this close to KY and not go to Answer in Gensis’ Creation Museum. I had completely forgot about it, and, even though she is younger than I am, I had to admit (this once), that she was right. hehehe!
So it was a short detour down to the northern tip of Kentucky. We drove around the bottom of Cincinnati and over to Florence. We base camped out of there to visit The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY (about 15 minutes away).
We found the Creation Museum (after a crazy scenic detour, compliments of Nuvi!), and spent all day Saturday at the museum. We purchased a year-long membership since that was cheaper than paying for each of us to get in for one day! Then, it was off to check it out…
When you first walk into the museum, there is a corridor with fish tanks, rock outcroppings, and animated dinosaurs…

and if you don’t look all around carefully, you will miss something; like this guy who was way overhead…

We went into the walkthru history part of the museum – at the beginning, you walk through the ‘Grand Canyon’, and then it talks about fossils. There are fossils hidden in the back wall for the kids to find, a film discussing fossils, and some hands-on activities…

The museum is very kid friendly without being boring to the rest of the family! I was very impressed with how it was engaging for all ages.

As you walk through this part of the museum, it walks you, chronologically, through Bible history…

We loved so much about the museum – and one of those things was how bold it was in it’s stance on the truth. So many organizations these days try so hard to please everyone, and not offend anyone that they water down the gospel so much that you can’t even find it. I love to see the truth proclaimed even if it is not politically correct. ~of course, my whole life is politically incorrect 😉 In one area of the museum, you walk through a dark hallway that is meant to look like a city alleyway from current times, full of graffiti, morbid headlines, picture window views into dysfunctional homes… then you come to the garden. The beautiful world that God gave us to have dominion over, compared to what we are choosing to turn it into with our sin. The contrast is striking.
The design of the interior revolves, for the most part, around dinosaurs, or ‘dragons’. Many of the walls mimic castle walls, and there are ‘dragons’ everywhere…

The kids loved to see Buddy Davis’ dinosaur sculptures in person…

The museum explained how sin brought death into the world, and this particular display had a little dead dinosaur being eaten. My boys saw that first thing, and did some serious examining of the wound, and discussions on how realistic the sculptures were ensued (I personally thought his little tongue hanging out added some serious comic relief!). I think that we finally had to tell them to move on…

There was a display on the building of Noah’s ark, showing how the planks might have been made, discussions on design features,

and even an animated Noah to tell us about his labor…

There were full-sized animated characters throughout the museum that were quite realistic! I was impressed by how well done the exhibits were!

It takes quite awhile to make your way through the 70,000 square foot building. The above exhibit is about the Tower of Babel. The museum is beautifully decorated, exceptionally clean, and the staff is super nice! They have an extensive gift shop that carries a few gifts, and oodles and oodles of home school and discipleship materials.
I loved the ‘dragon’ theme that wasprevalent throughout the building.

The museum has a special effects theatre where we watched the 20 min. film ‘Men in White’. During the film, one of the special effects is that some water sprays out of the seat in front of you, right into your face. It surprised everyone including the theatre full of older folks that had just arrived as part of a tour. It especially surprised Peanut, who promptly started to cry. Loudly. I was cringing, hoping that the part of the group near us wouldn’t be angry by her short outburst, yet it was just too funny. I couldn’t help it and I started to laugh, as did Greg on the other side of her. Thankfully, so did the Grampas and Grammas behind us. Phew!
In the Dinosaur Den, we got to see even more sculptures of dinosaurs…

and watch a short film on dinosaur legends.

And, how could we not take pictures of the kids riding a dinosaur?!?

After we spent all day Saturday at the museum, we went out for dinner at Bob Evans. We love to try new restaurants that we don’t have back home, but the real reason that we went was because the museum gave us 7 (SEVEN) coupons for free kid’s dinners there (Thank You C.M.!). The kids enjoyed the treat of eating at a ‘sit-down’ restaurant, and Dad and Mom enjoyed the bill (dine-in service for fast-food price!).
Sunday we got up and went to near-by Grace Baptist Church. After services, we went across the street to Steak n’ Shake – another new restaurant. This was sit down too, reminiscent of an old-fashioned burger joint. Most of the meals were $4, and kids eat free on the weekends – woo hoo! And we got THE BEST service that we have had on this entire trip – if you go to the Sn’S in Petersburg, KY, request one of Josh’s tables!
Then it was back to the museum to try to finish the exhibits, check out the Planetarium and walk the botanical gardens…
We spent 2 days at the museum, and barely scratched the surface! It is such a neat place, and an excellent learning experience for the entire family!

Lilla Rose

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  1. What a wonderful overview of the museum! I’ve been wanting to go when my kids get a little older and now I know we really have something to look forward to!

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