A New Creation

Another Creation museum in Kentucky? Why not!

If the dream of a New Jersey group comes to fruition there could be another creationist attraction located in Northern Kentucky.

Founders of the Creation Science Hall of Fame, which now exists only as a website, would like to develop a brick-and mortar structure along Interstate 75.

“When we have the funds, we would like to locate on the highway, about halfway between the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter,” said Terry Hurlbut, secretary/treasurer of the group. “What better place to locate than between these two attractions? We envision that as people fly or drive in to see them, we will be a stop along the way.”

“When we have the funds …” I’ve worked for a number of museums whose ambitions were greater than their endowment. It’s not pretty. Given the fact that the Ark Encounter theme park may never see the light of day, I would be very cautious on Mr. Hurlbut’s part. Those other museums may help your attendance, but most museums can’t keep the lights on just from the proceeds from ticket sales. They will all be competing for a limited pool of fund-raising donations, and I doubt they’ll see too many government grants.

Plus, there’s something sad about thinking of yourself as a stop-over between the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. It’s like setting up your museum next to the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota in hopes of catching some of their run-off.

Incidently, who will be in their Hall of Fame?

The list includes Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Samuel F.B. Morse, Louis Pasteur and George Washington Carver.

Living inductees include Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum.

“We honor these people, not because we believe everything they say, but because they made critical contributions to creation science and to the explanation of the Genesis story,” Hurlbut said. “In Ken Ham’s case, he popularized it and brought it to the masses.”

I can’t think of anything worse than having to suck up to Ham from the very beginning.

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