Review: AiG’s Creation Museum: Part 2

Continued from Part 1:

Before heading into the main part of the museum we caught the Men in White show. It was fun to watch, especially when the Flood misted us all with water at just the right moment. I don’t think it is likely to change a hardened unbeliever but I doubt that was their purpose. The website with all their well-documented articles has much more information to show the science behind our beliefs. The touch of frustration the angels had when the lady couldn’t hear them was just the right reminder that if we don’t share, nobody will.

I’ll just skim over the main exhibit maze. It was all quality stuff and my daughter really liked the special kids’ entrance area that I couldn’t fit into.  Everything was broken up into bite sized pieces, but if it was crowded, I know we would have missed a lot.  It was a bit disappointing to see how few interactive stations there were.  Probably their choice of layout had to do with space considerations, but hands-on learning is the greatest asset of having a physical location rather than just books and videos.

The ark section was really cool. If the full-sized replica is anywhere near as well done (as I’m sure it will be), it will be incredible.  The way AiG has thought through the practical aspects of smart people stuck in a boat with a zoo of animals for a year has my full admiration.  I’d never considered them having a garden in those low light conditions or using posts to gradually expose more hay to the grazers as needed.

After finishing the maze we visited the traveling collection of Bible related materials off the pizza plaza.  It was small but awesome with cuniform and other writings dating back to nearly the time of Abraham.  I hope the sponsors are able to accomplish their goal of a permanent museum in D.C.

Then we stopped at the chapel for a kids story reading time.  My mom and I were both impressed with the book Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers: The Gospel.  It put things very gently and in similar ways to how we have always shared Jesus and God’s message with little ones.  The reading lady very kindly took one of my calling cards and has e-mailed me letting me know she likes my site. 🙂

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This photo was taken before they’d finished landscaping, but you can see the eating terrace on the right

If you can afford to eat in their cafe, DO! The pizza is great (large enough for two kids to share) and my pot-roast-connoisseur mom highly recommends theirs. The wait staff is very friendly and keeps the counters so clean they lay their knitting and crochet on it for between customers. And, in warm weather you can eat on the deck overlooking the pond and garden.

The grounds- sigh! It was chilly the day we went, so my kids and I just ran down the steps by the cascades to see the pond for a minute.  It would be worth having to deal with more company to come on a lovely June day and spend a few hours enjoying the garden paths.  They weren’t too large, so you could enjoy everything in an hour or two, but the whole place is worth a second visit.

If you can, take advantage of their 2nd-day-free offer and make a double day trip when you go. The book store alone needs a couple of hours to really check through everything! My mom went on a spending spree (thanks, Mom) and they even shipped it all back for us at a very reasonable rate.

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Psalm 111:2 

PS no sign of my photos on the memory card, so I’m afraid you’ll have to go and take your own to see more.

Review: AiG’s Creation Museum: Part 1

Blog-size-Mag-CoverIt’s been two weeks since my mom, kids and I spent a lovely day at the Creation Museum.  The forced delay has been kind of nice because the things we still remember are the best!

All the main speakers with Answers in Genesis were out of town, so we didn’t get to say “hi.”  I can’t say I blame them; there were only a handful of visitors on the last Wednesday in November.

BTW, having museums, zoos and such almost to ourselves is one of the nicest perks of home schooling.  I’m completely spoiled about this; it is so pleasant getting the best seats at shows and strolling leisurely through the coolest exhibits. Plus, getting practically private waitstaff is addictive!

The first thing we did was visit the planetarium.  The show was very well done with 3D effects and a step by step expansion of size to keep your brain-fuses from getting fried within the first minute.  It was a little disappointing not to have the narrator mention how easily the Bible explains why we can see things “millions of light years away” in a very young universe. My guess is that Dr. Lisle and the rest decided it would take too long and they have other resources to address the issue.  Personally, I think it would have been worth the extra 30 seconds to mention “stretching the heavens” as God so carefully told us.

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My favorite bits of the whole building were the hallway displays of fossils and other rocks.  It was awesome to be only inches from rocks that once floated in outer space.  Seeing real fossils in full scale was worth the visit all by itself!

The scale of things was one of the best parts of being there in person.  AiG is very generous in sharing their information and pictures free online, so there was very little that I learned by going to their location.  But, the size of things is difficult to show in a picture.

Some things were way bigger than you might think.  My 5 year old got scared in the dinosaur den (upstairs past the pizza plaza).  Since that experience he has decided all dinosaurs are no fun. I bet there would be a lot more kids glad we don’t run into living dragons too often if they all saw just how big and scary they could get!

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A photo of one of the real fossils. An adult’s hand reaches from about the elbow to the foot

Other things were smaller than you would expect. You know that new Lucy display they were so excited about? It is very well done, very clear, very convincing.  But, it’s small.  The whole display is in a column about 4 feet [1.3m] deep. Lucy is puny. Archeopteryx is even smaller.  I “knew” he was dinky, but there is nothing like being next to his bones to help you realize a person could have easily picked him up one-handed.

Unlike most of the fossils on display, archeopteryx was a copy.  Unless a Creationist digs one up and donates it to the Museum, they don’t have the money or power to get ahold of a game-changer fossil like the “dinobird.”  God needs His people to get out in the field and find things on their own so they don’t get ignored or used against Him!

I would have had this review up a couple of hours ago, but my photos are missing! My dear husband says there’s a way to get the memory card to cough up deleted pictures, so I hope to get them back for tomorrow’s post.  *Please God, some of them were really good ones!* Anyway, I’ve got a lot more to share, but it will have to wait ’til tomorrow.

Part 2 HERE

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Malachi 3:16