Volume 11, Number 1, July-August 2007


The Creation Museum presents a unique and unparalleled experience, a walk through time portraying significant, life-altering events from the past, illuminating the effects of biblical history on our present and future world.

--visitors guide, Creation Museum

creationmuseum.org  888-582-4253

2800 Builittsburg Church Rd

Petersburg, KY 41080


The typical natural history museum begins with displays of microscopic life, then primitive life, then eventually dinosaurs, then mammals, then primates which gradually ease their way into mankind. These evolution-based museums will show the “geologic column”—layers of rock that were supposedly deposited over millions of years with the corresponding fossils that are found in them. They almost never explain where these miles of rock came from, why some layers are missing or in out of order in much of the world, and why there are fossilized trees that extend through what they claim to be millions of years of rock layers. Does anyone believe that a tree stood for millions of years without rotting while particles settled around it and turned into rock? They also do not explain why the ancient geological layers are perfectly flat—showing no signs of wind or water erosion. The Creation Museum has good explanations for these important events.

The Creation Museum, located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, was on our return trip from the Church of God (Seventh Day) Convention. We had read about it extensively beforehand, and everyone in the family wanted to see it. The 60,000 sq.ft. facility cost $27 million to build, and opened May 28, 2007. It has already had over 100,000 visitors.

The Museum is largely the brain-child of Ken Ham, who has published the creation-oriented Answers in Genesis magazine (www.AnswersInGenesis.org). We at Port Austin can sympathize with him in that his first efforts to acquire property for the museum ended in legal difficulties, but he persisted, found another property, and made his dream a reality.

The Museum is a refreshing change from the typical natural history museum (see box, below). It had a multi-screen A/V production of the six days of creation, followed by a display of the wonderful diversity that God created all at once. There was a wonderful life-size walk through display of the Garden of Eden. (see pictures, next page). Then after Adam and Eve sinned, there was another display showing how they had to work to provide food, and later when Cain killed Abel.

While we cannot be sure what the people or their surroundings looked like at that time, the evolution based groups cannot be sure either. It is far better to experience the life-size exhibits that are constructed to agree with Scripture and history than it is to see anything that views the creation as an evolutionary accident.

Another important part of the Museum is making Noah’s ark and the flood come to life. Beside the life-size 3-D models (see pictures), there is much evidence to show that the fossil record is better explained by a worldwide flood than deposits over millions of years. A surprising amount of information has come from the Mt. St. Helens explosion in 1980: layered strata, a river system, a canyon, a coal incubation bed, and multiple layers of logs vertically floating one on top of each other. These features, which scientists formerly claimed to have formed in thousands of years, have been shown to form in days or a few years.

While some Sabbatarians understand Genesis to say that the earth is millions of years old and a “recreation” occurred about 6,000 years ago, Exodus ties the time of creation right to the Sabbath day:.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it (Ex 20:11).

Is the Sabbath a literal seventh day rest, or only a symbol of a long eternal rest? Are the seven days of creation literal days or only symbolic of long periods of time?

Sabbatarians need to look at the case for a 6000-year-old universe. There are reasonable scientific explanations for the big issues. The  apparent millions of light-year distances between galaxies can be explained by evidence that the speed of light was once much faster, and is still slowing down now.

The Creation Museum’s A/V presentation stopped on the 6th day—it said nothing about the Sabbath. As we need to learn from their creation research, they could learn from us about the Sabbath. May God help us to work together!

Norman Edwards and Drew Bailey look at “Mass Graveyards” display. Most unearthed fossils are found in great abundance in a particular area. They do not appear to have died from old age, disease or predators, but from a catastrophe that killed many at once and left their bodies piled together. Broken large bones indicate force was used. Evidence is offered to show that these fossils were likely deposited from a massive flood, in different layers based upon their buoyancy, size, ability to swim, tendency to cluster with their own kind, etc.

“The Flood Rearranges the Earth” covers geological evidence and theories about how the Earth changed as the result of the flood. The displays frequently acknowledge that beyond the biblical account, we cannot be exactly sure what happened on the Earth during the flood or before.

The life-size model of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden reflects a beautiful environment where food was available with very little labor.

Eve continuing the human race.

After Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God, they were sent out of the Garden of Eden and had to work hard to cultivate their food. This life-size model shows Adam working with younger Cain and Able. Eve looks on, pregnant, no doubt experiencing the added pain in childbearing that was not present in the Garden.

Next room: Sin did not stop with Adam and Eve. Out of jealousy, Cain killed his brother, Abel.


If the fossil record is the result of the  biblical flood, questions arise as to whether Noah could have actually built an ark that preserved the animals of the world. This small model, built to the biblical proportions demonstrates how the ark may have looked and how it was built. Tests show that the craft would be stable on the water. Since God instructed Noah to soak the wood in pitch, it would certainly be able to withstand its one year voyage. One hundred and twenty years is indeed a reasonable length of time for eight people to build such a boat.

A life size model of parts of Noah’s ark show that the boat could be built with technology available at the time. Multiple layers of notched planking secured with wooden pegs could be made without any metal. Swelling from water makes it tighter.

Since  God performed the miracle of bringing all of the animals to Noah, it is logical that he implemented a continuing miracle to stop them from fighting while on the ark. He probably brought babies or very young versions of the large animals. They would eat less and take less room on the ark. Here the Creation Museum accurately portrays seven of each clean animal and two of each unclean animal.

Dinosaurs are a big attraction to children at natural history museums. The Creation Museum also has life-size animated dinosaurs—a tyrannosaurus rex!

Since God provided two of every “kind”, did he provide baby dinosaurs for the ark? If dinosaurs are like crocodiles, their babies are tiny, but they never stop growing. Are the Biblical “leviathan”, “behemoth” and “dragons” dinosaurs?. Do the many folk tales of “slaying dragons” explain the extinction of land dinosaurs after the flood? Some ocean-dwelling species, once thought “prehistoric” (coelacanth, frilled shark), are still alive today. &



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