The tagline for the Creation Museum is "Prepare to Believe" and now they have opened a sister attraction, The Ark Encounter to encourage you to do just that.
According to the Creation Musuem website "the state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form and placing them in familiar settings. Adam and Eve live in the Garden of Eden. Children play and dinosaurs roam near Eden’s Rivers. The serpent coils cunningly in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Majestic murals, great masterpieces brimming with pulsating colors and details, provide a backdrop for many of the setting".
Now they have added an enormous and controversial $102 million replica of Noah’s Ark, 45 minutes away from the original museum.
Built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, the Ark is 1% of the actual size.
Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis, believes that the Bible is a book of historic record.
“The reason we are building the ark is not as an entertainment center,” Mr. Ham told the NY Times. “I mean it’s not like a Disney or Universal, just for anyone to go and have fun. It’s a religious purpose.
It’s because we’re Christians and we want to get the Christian message out.”
Many scientists are in despair at the museum funded by donations, junk bonds and tax incentives from the state of Kentucky.
The state tried to revoke the tax breaks after learning that staff would have to sign a "statement of faith" that would exclude gay people or those that did not accept their particular beliefs.
Dr James Kruppa, lecturer at University of Kentucky, said the park was intended to “advance ignorance'.
“That Ken Ham is trying to ignore vast evidence to the contrary and convince people the world is 6,000 years old is an embarrassment to Kentucky, the US, and to Christianity,” he told The Telegraph