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Facts About the Creation Museum: 7 Things You Might Not Know

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 06:36 PM

The Creation Museum, opened near Cincinnati in northern Kentucky in 2007 on $27 million in private donations. It has been a lightning rod in the debate over evolution vs. creationism — specifically, the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis that puts the museum at odds even many Christians. Here are seven things you might not have known about the museum:

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1. Yes, there are dinosaurs,
including a nearly complete fossil skeleton of an Allosaurus fragilis fossilized skeleton in a place of honor. The dinosaur was donated by the Peroutka Foundation, which, according to the museum’s web site, saw the fossil’s relative completeness as evidence of a rapid, catastrophic burial — such as might have taken place during a great flood.

The skeleton, set up in early 2014, is nicknamed “Ebenezer” after a rock set up by the prophet Samuel to commemorate God’s rescue of the Israelites from the Philistine Army.

2. How did Adam and Eve peacefully co-exist with the T. rex and his ravenous dinosaur kin, as shown in one of the museum’s displays? wondered the Sunday Independent of South Africa on a visit to the museum in 2007. Easy, says the museum: Before the fall occasioned by the eating of the apple, dinos were vegetarians.

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3. The man in charge of the Creation Museum’s design, Patrick Marsh, also worked on the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the “Jaws” and “King Kong” attractions at Universal Studios Florida, according to Cincinnati Magazine. Already a believer in creationism, Marsh asked to be involved as soon as he heard of plans for the museum, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

 4. The museum chose Northern Kentucky for its home, according to Cincinnati Magazine, for two reasons: because of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, from which founder Ken Ham and his associates depart “spreading the Gospel almost every weekend,” and because two-thirds of the U.S. population lives with a day’s drive.

5. Though evolution supporters claimed victory in museum founder Ken Ham’s debate with TV scientist Bill Nye, Ham claimed that publicity around the debate — together with the release of the movie “Noah,” which Ham didn’t like at all — is credited with securing enough donations for Ham to finish another big project: A full-sized (based on measurements given in the Bible) replica of Noah’s Ark is being built nearby.

6. A same-sex couple was denied admission to a “date night” at the museum in 2014, USA Today reported. The museum’s communication director, Mark Looy, said the event was clearly promoted as for heterosexual couples only, and pointed out that a blog posted earlier by a member of the group the couple was with had urged his readers to “send a flamboyantly gay couple to the event,” which Looy categorized as a plan to be disruptive.

7. A photo of a Creation Museum ad on the back of a Pepsi truck in early April 2015 led to a call for boycotts of the soft drink giant, reported the Inquisitr.

Not everyone appears to be taking it seriously, as this discussion of the boycott on Reddit demonstrates.

The museum’s cafe does offer Pepsi products, though.

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