Record Crowds as Creation Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Two large new exhibits to open for Memorial Day weekend
Petersburg, Ky., May 23, 2017 – The popular, high-tech Creation Museum near Cincinnati is not only commemorating its 10-year anniversary this weekend, but is witnessing record crowds. As a part of this weekend’s celebration of 10 years of excellent attendance and regional impact, the museum is opening two striking exhibits.
Since May 28, 2007, the Creation Museum, located in Petersburg, Kentucky, has welcomed more than 3 million visitors. This year, with guests also visiting the museum’s sister attraction the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, the first-year museum attendance of 404,000 is being shattered. The number of visitors has necessitated the addition of a new parking lot to hold an additional 1,200 cars. Museum attendance over the past several months has more than doubled from the year before.
“We rejoice in seeing how God has blessed this world-renowned attraction, which is drawing visitors from all over America and dozens of countries,” remarked Ken Ham, president/CEO of Answers in Genesis (AiG), the apologetics organization that owns and operates the museum and the Ark Encounter. “When I give lectures in the museum’s large lecture hall, I ask for a show of hands of guests who travelled here from outside our tri-state area of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. About 95 percent of the hands go up. Also, we have several visitors from other countries each day.
“Needless to say, hotels, restaurants and other businesses in our region are seeing a booming business and their owners are ecstatic,” Ham added. “Sometimes you can see 30 motor coaches parked at the museum filled with tourists from several states, while another 40 tourist buses will be at the Ark on the same day 45 minutes away. So, it’s not surprising that a regional tourism group recently gave us its annual Star of Tourism Award.”
To mark the museum’s 10th anniversary, the world-renowned attraction is opening an exhibit that goes into more teaching about the last 3Cs of the museum’s “7Cs of History” theme: Christ, Cross, Consummation. (The first Cs are Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, and Confusion.) The museum’s teaching on the life of Christ, His death on a Cross and His Resurrection, and His coming again (Consummation) will be enhanced with 25 pieces of stunning original art. AiG wants to make the museum even more evangelistic as it presents the reason why Christ came to earth 2,000 years ago, and also connects His Second Coming to the book of Genesis.
This startling 3Cs exhibit also showcases the miracles of Christ, which include His creation of the world (Colossians chapter 1), His healing of the sick and raising the dead, and ultimately His own resurrection from the dead.
The 3Cs display opens Saturday, May 27, and is offered at no additional charge to museum ticketholders.
In addition, a temporary exhibit has just been installed by the Museum of the Bible. (This large museum opens in Washington, D.C. in November.) The display’s theme is “Dragon Slayers,” and features precious illuminated manuscripts that deal with three well-known characters outside the Bible, such as St. George, who slayed dragons. Incorporated into the striking exhibit are textual references to dragons found in the Bible. “Dragon Slayers” is free with museum admission.
Attendance has also been excellent at the Ark Encounter, with crowds larger than expected. On some Saturdays this spring, 5,000 people have toured the 510-foot-long ship. The renowned America’s Research Group estimated that a minimum of 1.4 million guests would visit during the first full year of operation. Although many vacation weeks (Memorial Day through July 6) were missed in 2016 because of the July 7 opening and thus a full year of operation with a complete summer was missed, it is quite possible that, with the explosion of motor coach tours and the creation of so many raving fans of the Ark, around 2 million guests will probably tour the Ark in its first full year of operation.
The Creation Museum and Ark Encounter are outreaches of the apologetics organization Answers in Genesis. For information on AiG and its multiple outreaches, visit www.answersingenesis.org.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information or to request an interview with a spokesperson, please contact Melany Ethridge at 972.267.1111 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Press materials are available online at https://creationmuseum.org/press/. By appointment, the two new exhibits can be previewed by media on Thursday afternoon, May 25 and all day Friday, May 26.