Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Roadtrip to Creation Museum

A few weeks ago we drove from New York to Indiana (and back) in 3 days. And normally, I would NEVER consider such a hard trip, since I'm a wuss and hate being in a car for 15 hour stretches. But, we wanted to visit the Creation Museum for a while, and also to see a part of the country we've never seen before.

Remember how I said I wanted to take a roadtrip? Well mission accomplished. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky. And a few minutes in West Virginia and Indiana. Driving though still counts in my book :) Looks like I can knock one more item off my 30 by 30 list!

Our hotel was in Kentucky near the museum so we drove straight there. There were about 50 unscheduled bathroom/coffee/snack/leg-stretch breaks. So, despite Google's 10 hour prediction, we tacked on an additional 5 hours. Somehow. I'm still a little fuzzy on how that all happened.

We left NYC at 3 in the morning on July 4th (you know, to beat traffic) with a full car including Tom, Tom's parents, sister, grandmother, aunt and I. So, a 15-hour drive with a car full of my in-laws. Although I might love them, it is draining. It's hard to keep up with them. They talk fast, often in Spanish (because of Grandma), and since everyone has differences and quirks I often found myself stressed out.

If you are local, the Museum was incredibly easy to get to. If Tom and I were more local, we'd be season pass holders since it was that good. So, once you arrive and park you'll be greeted by a massive building and a large dinosaur.

Once inside you see that they really stuck with the general "dinosaur" theme in their lobby and cafe areas. Which could be confusing at first since dinosaurs are thought of when people speak against Creationism.
They have a ton of exhibits. And I did take a ton of photos. But I don't want to try and reproduce the museum online when you should just go. It was a great trip, and everyone loved it.

But here are some highlights...
They did have a lot of exhibits on what is commonly used to 'debunk' Creationism. For instance, Lucy, Darwin's Finches and dinosaurs.

Then there were exhibits with 'key players' in the Bible such as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Methuselah and Paul. They were all doing there own thing. Cain was killing Abel, Eve was distributing forbidden fruit, Paul was writing. And Noah was overseeing the Ark construction. There was a great section where Methuselah (oldest man on Earth) was explaining commonly asked questions like how dinosaurs made their way onto the Ark. Martin Luther was there as well, nailing his 95 thesis on a door. And, while we knew their role, it was great to see it on display.

Then the museum takes you on a chronological journey, starting with the garden and ending with the ark

Adam and Eve
Cain and Abel
Martin Luther and his 95 thesis

Throughout the museum, examples in church history and clarifications were made in regards to things like original sin, repentance and what is required of God's children. But, I was more preoccupied with reading and looking around then taking photos.

If you are not a Christian, this is about as extensive as it gets, with as little work as possible (keeping it real here). Nothing is easier than walking through a museum, and they did a great job keeping on point with the Bible. If you're curious, or just hoping to understand the Christian viewpoint more, you won't be disappointed. Also, the feel is that of a polished museum, don't let my blurry photos dissuade you from going or make you think it's low budget. And there's a fun zipline. But obviously, no photos since we were zipping.

If you are a Christian, you should definitely go if only because it revitalizes you and will make you hungry to read and learn more. I knew the basics, the stories and the overall gist of events. But seeing something so important to our lives, displayed in front of our eyes, it's amazing. And if you have gone, write about it! Leave a review on Tripadvisor, on your blog or just spread the word.

I found a few posts online from people who wrote about attending the museum with the aim to ruin events and attempt to tear it apart on the internet. I don't plan on walking into any Muslim museum, Buddhist museum or Athiest museum with the purpose of hurting people. Why such the hate on the Christian culture in America? I understand not everyone will want to accept that they are sinners and need a savior, but what does it hurt you that I think those things? I still love you all enough to respect you.

But definitely use more than 3 days. The trip was hard. But so worth it.


  1. Now that's a road trip! NY to Indiana and back in 3 days? WOW! I can't even imagine being in a car that long with my in laws!

    1. I think I just hate being in a car for longer than a few hours, period. I love being with them, but not when sharing such a tiny space :)

  2. I like the idea of road trips like that. It's a good way to get out and see something, even if you are exhausted at the end! Looks like an interesting place.

    1. There were so many places we passed, that had me more time I would've loved to go see. So exhausting, but a fun trip nonetheless.


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