"With its towering dinosaurs and a model of the Grand Canyon, America's
newest tourist attraction might look like the ideal destination for
fans of the film Jurassic Park.
The new multi-million-dollar Museum of Creation, which will open this
spring in Kentucky, will, however, be aimed not at film buffs, but at
the growing ranks of fundamentalist Christians in the United States.
It aims to promote the view that man was created in his present shape
by God, as the Bible states, rather than by a Darwinian process of
evolution, as scientists insist.
The centrepiece of the museum is a series of huge model dinosaurs,
built by the former head of design at Universal Studios, which are
portrayed as existing alongside man, contrary to received scientific
opinion that they lived millions of years apart.
Other exhibits include images of Adam and Eve, a model of Noah's Ark
and a planetarium demonstrating how God made the Earth in six days.
The museum, which has cost a mighty $25 million (£13 million) will be
the world's first significant natural history collection devoted to
creationist theory. It has been set up by Ken Ham, an Australian
evangelist, who runs Answers in Genesis, one of America's most
prominent creationist organisations. He said that his aim was to use
tourism, and the theme park's striking exhibits, to convert more people
to the view that the world and its creatures, including dinosaurs, were
created by God 6,000 years ago."
"Market research companies hired by the museum are predicting at least
300,000 visitors in the first year, who will pay $10 (£5.80) each."
William T Goodall
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