The Creation Museum

According to an ABC News poll, 60 percent of Americans believe God created the world in six days, and this weekend a new museum honoring that belief is opening its doors in Kentucky.

It's high tech and high controversy. A $27 million facility that depicts a story that's a far cry from what you may have learned in science class is located in Petersburg, Ky., in Boone County.

It's a $27 million, high-tech sensory experience with animatronic dinosaurs and a movie theater with seats that shake, and it is all designed by same man behind some of the attractions at Universal Studios in Florida.

"It's incredible. It's really cool," said one visitor.

The museum is aimed at convincing visitors that evolution is wrong and the biblical story of life on Earth, from Adam and Eve to Noah's ark, is scientifically verifiable.

At the museum you can see Adam living with a bunch of animals, including a dinosaur.

"Including dinosaurs, because all land animals were made on day six," said Ken Ham, Creation Museum president.

If secular scientists visited the museum they would mostly like say that's not true.

"Yeah, well they can say that. But what's their evidence?" Ham asked. ((Mos: 856 mason - 10 yrs old))

"I believe that God created them on the sixth day - on the same day," said one 10-year-old.

Mainstream scientists worry that because this museum is so sophisticated it will be more effective at giving children a distorted view of science.

"They'll show up in classrooms and say, 'Gee, Mrs. Brown I went to this spiffy museum last summer and they say that everything you're teaching me is a lie," said Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science.

"And I say, 'Great! Amen!' That's what this place is all about. It's meant to challenge people," Ham said.

The stakes are high. The museum argues that evolution jeapordizes people's belief in the Bible, and leads to social ills like pornography and abortion.

"In an evolutionary world view, why should you have things like absolute morality? Why would it be wrong to kill someone?" asked Jason Lisle, Phd. "I'm not saying that evolutionists aren't moral; I'm saying they have no reason to be moral."

The creation museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Adults from 13 to 59 are $19.95 and seniors 60 and up are $14.95. Children five to 12 are $9.95 and children five and under are free.

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