The Creation Museum was founded by the organisation Answers in Genesis, led by the Australian fundamentalist Ken Ham. It first opened in May 2007, and on the day I was visiting it was celebrating its 5th anniversary. In those five years over a million people have been through its doors, many, if my visit was anything to go by, on school trips. The site is huge, housing both the museum and the headquarters of Answers in Genesis, and provides employment for over 300 people. The museum is entirely privately funded.
Despite the erroneous claim to be a natural history museum, the displays of fossils, including casts of many famous examples such as an archaeopteryx and Lucy the Australopithecine soon give way to expensively mounted dioramas telling the biblical story of creation. There's also a section where a world that has abandoned God is depicted – picture a Disneyfied crack den where vulnerable teenagers watch porn and consider abortions.
Any actual attempts to present "science" inevitably have a creationist slant. A display on evolution suggests that "Although often viewed as an icon of evolution, Darwin's finches serve as a perfect model of variation within a created kind [because in] Genesis 1:21 we learn that God created 'every winged bird according to its kind'." Those baraminologists interpret "kind" to mean "species".
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