PETERSBURG, Ky. - A brand-new museum plans to take old-time religion to new scientific heights. The Creation Museum's goal is nothing less than proving that everything the Bible says about creation, the flood and the universe is literally true.
Click play to watch an interview with Ken Ham, the president of Answers in Genesis and director of the Creation Museum, following this report.
The museum is located in Petersburg, Kentucky, just two exits away from the Cincinnati Ohio airport. It is celebrating its grand opening Monday as the nation observes Memorial Day.
The $27 million museum plans to put you into Noah's Flood. Zip you all around the universe. Get you just inches away from roaring dinosaurs.
All to prove that the Bible's scientific claims are 100- percent true.
Ken Ham is the museum's founder and the director of Answers in Genesis." "We're using really good research from Ph.D. scientists on staff and those who are associated with us to give scientific evidence in biology, geology, astronomy and anthropology to confirm the Bible's history and to show people that evolution is not fact," Ham told CBN News.
Animatronic dinosaurs are crawling all over the place. The museum's displays portray these large reptiles living right alongside ancient humans.
"As people enter the main hall for the Creation Museum, one of the first things they are struck by is the fact that we have dinosaurs and people together," said Mark Looy, Creation Museum co-founder.
Some scientists say the Creation Museum has it all wrong. Ohio State University anthropologist Jeffrey McKee has worked up close with fossils and written books on evolution.
"They can believe whatever they want to believe about when dinosaurs were created and when humans were created," McKee said. "The fact is that dinosaurs went extinct long before humans were around."
The Creation Museum, however, contends dinosaurs and humans co-existed and not all that long ago.
"We believe they existed in our modern world, which is where our dragon legends come from," Ham explained. "And there's evidence such as red blood cells and preserved tissue in dinosaur bones that even evolutionists are shocked by, because they say 'how could they last millions of years?' Well, they wouldn't," he continued. "The evidence that we find actually confirms the Bible's history. It does not confirm evolutionary history of millions of years."
Ham thinks Noah even managed to fit dinosaurs into his ark.
"Most dinosaurs were small," Ham said. "The average size was only the size of a sheep. Only a few were large and even the large ones hatched out of small eggs and young adults would not have been that big."
The museum aims to be fun as well as factual, using the same technology employed by the finest amusement parks. The museum's theater is hit by Noah's Flood several times a day.
"When the Flood comes and you see that on the screen, you suddenly get spurts of water in your face and vibrations in the seats," Ham explained. "Kids are going to love that, moms and dads are going to love that."
There is also a state-of-the-art planetarium.
"You go into outer space and you can land on the moon and land on planets, fly around planets, go into the outer reaches of space," Ham said. "When people watch the program there that we've put together, they're just going to declare that the heavens declare the glory of God."
Ham points out the latest Gallup poll shows 48 percent of Americans believe God created the world. So it's about time Creationists get their own museum in a world where most scientists and schools, most of the media and museums, treat evolution like accepted fact.
"Students are not being given the information that critiques evolution," he told CBN News. "They are not told about the difficulties with evolution and millions of years. They are not being given scientific evidence to actually support the Bible's account of history, so that's why we built the Creation Museum."
Ham says the museum is going to be a rallying point for Christians to say "you see, the Bible is true and we can show the world it is.'"