And God said “Let us make money” and they made money Answers in Genesis 1:3
What can one learn from the website for the Kentucky based Creation Museum? In short, nothing, at least for free anyway. This museum, built by the young earth creationist group Answers in Genesis, if on the forefront of a movement called “Creation Science”, this “Creation Science” attempts, as the name suggests, to explain the bible in terms of science, and directly combat and disprove modern science. It would seem that a group with such a noble cause would be eager to educate the public about the word of god and young earth creationism, however on their website, they keep everything very close to the belt. The museum’s website is virtually devoid of information on actual creation science, the closest thing being the brief exhibit synopses in the “What’s Here” section. Even the virtual tour is useless as the pictures are all taken from the middle of the room and are not of good enough quality for anything to be read, other than a few headers. The sites blog also does not have a single educational article on it and is only useful for keeping up with the day to day news of the museum. This can be steeply contrasted with the content of the website of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Human Origins, a museum whose true purpose is education. The Smithsonian’s website allows the user to choose from hundreds of educational articles ranging from a wide variety of categories such as human evolution research, evidence, and Human characteristics. There is even a section called education with articles for teachers and students. The fact that the hall of human origins website’s purpose is education is clear, but the question remains, what then is the purpose of the Creation Museum’s website? As it would appear, the museum, and its website, seem to be yet another way of funding the Young Earth propaganda juggernaut Answers in Genesis, which already produces magazines, videos, and books on creation science. This conclusion can be drawn by the fact that there is no way to learn about creationism for free, for what the website, lacks in educational value, it makes up for in ways to spend money. You can buy tickets, browse the store, buy documentaries, plan group events or even become a member and pay your membership fees. The museum itself is also full of gimmicks that cost extra such as camel and zip line rides, and as far as promotions go, they are few, and only aim to further increase profit. They do offer some free day, but they are only for specific groups, Mothers are free on Mother’s Day, Fathers are free on Father’s Day, Veterans are free on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day, this is counting on the fact that these people will bring their family, the only time it’s truly free are for 5 hours on Christmas. In the end, with the lack of actual artifacts, all of the gimmicks like petting zoos and Christmas light displays, and the tendency to nickel and dime its customers, Kentucky’s Creation Museum, comes off as more of a road side carnival exhibit than a legitimate education institution, and it becomes clear that the Museums goal is to make money off of those who already believe in creationism, rather than trying to facilitate any learning.