21 Dec Visting the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter
This week, we had the opportunity to go to the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky. If you aren’t familiar with the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, they are both organized and ran by Answers in Genesis folks. They hold the creationist belief that the earth, according to the book of Genesis in the Bible, was created and formed in 7 days. The Ark Encounter is Noah’s Ark built to the specifications in the Bible. As Christians, we believe the creation point of view.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect, we’ve visited museums of science and natural history before, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our experience. So I was definitely curious what the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter would be like.
In short, they were phenomenal.
The Creation Museum really honored the creation account in the Bible. It was very theologically accurate while keeping it really entertaining and fun for our three children. With multiple levels, there was so much to see! At the Creation Museum, we especially like seeing all the dinosaurs. We also really enjoyed the bug exhibit! The bug exhibit was probably my favorite part (okay, my kids really loved it too! We went through it twice). It was the most extensive collection of bugs I had ever seen and it was amazing to see how so many of the same species of bugs came in different sizes and colors.
The Ark Encounter was unlike anything I had ever seen. Built by the Ark specifications in the Bible, you really get a sense of how massive the Ark truly was at the Ark Encounter. Walking up to the Ark is truly jaw dropping. Most of the time you hear the Ark described in terms of football fields (1 1/2 football fields), but you can’t really grasp the size of the Ark (when is the last time you saw a football field 1.5 football field long?). The Ark Encounter allows you to see not just how large the Ark is, but also how the Ark may have been organized with all the animals. There are a lot of scientific exhibits about the impact of fossils and an earth regrowing after an earth-wide flood. It’s really a lot to take in. I grew up very, very familiar with the story of Noah’s Ark, but actually seeing the Ark at the Ark Encounter really overwhelmed me. It was such an amazing experience.
Going to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in December was perfect. Not only were both places beautifully decorated for Christmas, the crowds were small. Which gave my kids room to wander around without running into people or getting separated from me.
I think every single Christians should visit the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. It’s an opportunity to really celebrate and stand in awe of the Bible and the God we serve. If you are skeptical of the Creation account or the account of Noah’s Ark, the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter is really fascinating.