Creationist museum

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A creationist museum is a facility hosting exhibits which use the established natural history museum format to present a creationist view that the Earth and life on Earth were created some 6,000 to 10,000 years ago in six days.[1] These facilities generally promote Biblically-literalist creationism and contest evolutionary science, which has led to heavy criticism from the scientific community.[2]



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  • Museum of Creation and Earth History, located in Santee, California,[7] was originally part of the Institute for Creation Research. The museum, established shortly after its parent in 1970, moved to its current site in the mid-1980s. The museum presents the view that all humans are descendants of the first humans created by God some six to ten thousand years ago and that a worldwide flood left behind beds of fossils that can be found all around the world, including on high plateaus and mountain ranges.[9] The museum displays portraits of people the museum identifies as evolutionists, such as Andrew Carnegie – who is described as "cruel and heartless in his own day to competitors and laborers alike" – along with Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler.[9]




An exhibit at the Creation Museum showing humans alongside dinosaurs
  • Creation Museum, located in Petersburg, Kentucky, opened in 2007 and constructed at a cost of $27 million, includes exhibits of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden accompanied by dinosaurs.[7] Fossils are said to have been created in the biblical Flood during the days of Noah.[1] Plans for the museum date back to 1996.[10] This museum has drawn criticism from scientists, who have circulated petitions accusing the Creation Museum of undermining education. According to Lawrence M. Krauss, "When they try to confuse kids about what is science and what isn't science, scientists have an obligation to speak out. There's no doubt that these are documented lies".[1]


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  • 7 Wonders Creation Museum, located in Silverlake, Washington near Mount St. Helens, use the volcano's 1980 eruption to show that geologic change can happen on a rapid scale, and that changes believed by mainstream scientists to take millions of years can occur in as short a period of time as hours or days.[21] Reporter Johnson says this approach to creationism has been described as potentially plausible to non-specialists.[21] Scientists claim that this interpretation of the evidence can only be supported by ignoring scientific method and any evidence that disagrees with a foregone conclusion.[22]


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Paul. "Where dinosaurs meet Methuselah: A new museum in Kentucky merges evolutionary theory and creationism", The Guardian, May 27, 2007. Accessed May 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Paul. "Would you Adam 'n' Eve it ... dinosaurs in Eden", The Guardian, May 22, 2005. Accessed September 2, 2008.
  3. ^ "Creationism museum to open in Alberta", CBC News, May 29, 2007. Accessed May 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Rory Boland, Noah's Ark Hong Kong Creation Museum, Accessed November 13, 2009.
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  6. ^ 'Darwin has done a lot of damage', This Is Bristol, September 23, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c "Adam, Eve and T. Rex", by Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  8. ^ Cabazon Dinosaurs About Us
  9. ^ a b Clock, Michele. "Literal interpretation of Bible is illustrated", San Diego Union-Tribune, February 3, 2007. Accessed September 2, 2008.
  10. ^ Mead, Andy. "Jurassic Ark: Planned Museum Debunks Evolution, Religious Group says dinosaurs on Board with Noah", Lexington Herald-Leader, March 10, 1996. Accessed May 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Donna Healy, "Dinosaur museum presents biblical view of origins", Billings Gazette, October 18, 2009.
  12. ^ Roadside America: New creationist museum buys cyclops kitty; wants more freaks
  13. ^ Associated Press, "Museum makes deformed kitty its main attraction", USA Today, April 6, 2006.
  14. ^ Benjamin Radford, "Latest Texas 'chupacabra' exhibited in creationist museum," Skeptical Inquirer, January/February 2010, p.7.
  15. ^ South Dakota Historical Society, The Grand River Museum
  16. ^ Roadside America: Creation evidence museum
  17. ^ Arkansas Times (12 May 2005): State promotes new creationism museum
  18. ^ Time (2 May 2005): Dinosaurs for creationists
  19. ^ Anderson, Lisa. "Museum exhibits a creationist viewpoint.", Chicago Tribune, August 10, 2005. Accessed September 2, 2008.
  20. ^ Museum of Earth History website
  21. ^ a b Johnson, Alex (May 2, 2005). "The stirring on the mount: St. Helens used in drive to prove biblical creation with science". MSNBC. Retrieved September 2, 2008. 
  22. ^ Elders, Wilfred. "Problems With "Flood" Geology". Tufts University. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

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