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Kentucky’s ‘Creation Museum’ in Financial Trouble Due to Declining Attendance (VIDEO)

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In a developing story from Kentucky, the Creation Museum is running out of money due to declining attendance, bringing their “Ark Encounter” project to a stand-still because of a lack of funding.

Interestingly, the reason for the slowing traffic seems to be creationism itself, since the main exhibit has literally not changed in 5 years. Most museums’ exhibits change as new discoveries are made, as artifacts travel from other museums to visit, or as adjustments in scientific thinking are made.

Another reason could be the demographic that creationism’s proponents target.

Mark Joseph Stern from Slate.com writes:

A spectacle like the Creation Museum has a pretty limited audience. Sure, 46 percent of Americans profess to believe in creationism, but how many are enthusiastic enough to venture to Kentucky to spend nearly $30 to see a diorama of a little boy palling around with a vegetarian dinosaur? The museum’s target demographic may not be eager to lay down that much money: Belief in creationism correlates to less education, and less education correlates to lower income.

In hopes to draw repeat customers, the museum has added zip-lining and sky bridge courses to their attractions this summer. But when confronted by critics who wonder what the zip-lining and sky bridge attractions have to do with the museum’s message, Mike Zovath, the museums co-founder and vice president, says that the extra activities are irrelevant.

“No matter what exhibit we add, the message stays the same,” Zovath said. “It’s all about God’s word and the authority of God’s word and showing that all of these things, whether it’s bugs, dinosaurs or dragons — it all fits with God’s word.”

In their opening year, the Creation Museum garnered around 400,000 visitors, but that number steadily decreased in the following two years, with just over 254,000 visitors showing up this last year.

Watch WCPO’s Channel 9 report on the Creation Museum in the video below.

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  1. David

    July 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    The Creation Museum has twice the annual attendance of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located on some of the most prime real estate in Cincinnati. You make it sound like attendance is poor at the Kentucky Creation Museum, yet articles defending the money-losing, taxpayer funded, downtown Cincinnati-based Freedom Center cite that it is well above the median national museum annual attendance of 80,000. Why would you waste your time ranting about the attendance and finances of the privately funded Creation Museum when just a few miles away you have a taxpayer-dollar sucking museum?

    • foodcooppres

      July 21, 2014 at 4:06 am

      Exactly, David. My friend just visited the Creation Museum, and she couldn’t even get into the Planetarium because it was sold out all day long. No, the museum is doing quite well, I’m happy to say. I plan to go there again myself next month. They keep adding new and wonderful attractions.

    • George

      July 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Most museums do not sustain themselves with attendance income, or taxpayer funds. Their primary source of income is usually private donations from individuals & foundations, or very rich sponsors. ( like the Freedom Center has )

      … Your tax dollars are safe !
      … Don’t blame the IRS for your bigotry.

      • David

        August 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        George, here I am asking people to back off their attacks on the Creation Museum, a privately funded organization, and you call this bigotry??? George, your tax dollars are safe w/r/t the Creation Museum. On the other hand, over $910,000 of tax-payer dollars went to the Freedom Center last year, not to mention it shares services with the even more heavily tax-payer subsidized Cincinnati Museum.

    • Agnostic

      August 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Well the Underground Railroad actually exist and is marked in history. The theory of creationism comes from a book written by man, with no evidence to back it up. Why can’t you people believe a higher power developed the universe, but not under what the church teaches you. Remember the dark ages. Do you see the trouble going on in the Middle East. All fighting over religious non sense. We need to start believing in humanity not religion.

    • Horus Gilgamesh's older brother

      August 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Just shows that stupidity knows no bounds.

    • Rick Bagnall

      August 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      And what do you suppose the advertising budgets of these two museums are? Me, I’m willing to bet the Creation Museum spends a *heck* of a lot more on advertising than the Freedom Center. Furthermore, it sounds to me like the Freedom Center is busy preserving a part of our national heritage, which sounds like a perfectly acceptable use of tax dollars to me.

  2. Zachary Premack

    August 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t kid yourself. The creation museum is a fucking joke.

  3. Jan Stevens

    August 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Does anyone know why God created the Ebola virus?

  4. Rick Bagnall

    August 8, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    The notion of “irreducible complexity” keeps coming up in creationist arguments, but it’s based primarily on a very dubious interpretation of “knock-out” studies. A “knock-out” study is one in which a chunk of DNA is removed from a cell (usually a single-cell organism) and the resulting–usually non-viable–offspring are examined to determine what that chunk of DNA was responsible for building. Creationists will tell you that this is evidence of irreducible complexity which is evidence of a designer.

    Bull. Suppose I hand you a blueprint for a dresser, and you decide for whatever reason to leave the screws out when you build it. Does the resulting failure of the dresser to hold together prove that screws are utterly vital to the design? No. You could have used nails, you could have used glue, you could have used mortise and tenon or dovetail joints… Just because screws are arguably the most efficient fastener doesn’t mean they’re the only possible fastener.

    In like fashion, we look at the proteins that allow the flagellum to rotate. With only a little imagination, we can contemplate them starting out much like cilia, only allowing motion in one plane. A chance mutation allows some out-of-plane motion and suddenly you have a primitive flagellum. Over millions of generations, mutations that make that primitive flagellum more efficient accumulate until you have a modern flagellum. So why do some bacteria still use cilia, you may ask? Because their ancestors didn’t get that chance mutation that allowed the cilia to bend out of plane. Or because *in their environment* flagella are more of a hindrance than a help. Or for any number of other reasons.

  5. D. Shaw

    August 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Someone should make a museum of the creation beliefs of various religions.

    • George Karpel

      August 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      That building would have to be the size of The Pentagon to fit all those fantasies in !

  6. Snake Plissken

    August 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Scientology should come out with a creation museum of their own, so the people who visit this joke can take their kids to learn all about the nonsense of Xenu and the space aliens too.

  7. Cupid Reagan

    September 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I want to know why people are so eager to believe this new belief system/interpretation of Earth science when it was never questioned before..? The ignorance isn’t the issue here, so much as the arrogance of this new movement is at hand. These people are basically saying they are smarter and better not only than every scientist before them, but that they are also smarter and better than every interpreter of the Bible before them…you know…including apparently all of the folks that actually wrote the book. I thought that book allowed for enough confusion based on interpretation already. I was sorely mistaken.

  8. don

    October 9, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Keep on slugging down that Kentucky Bourbon and you’ll believe anything!

  9. DYohe

    November 20, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    The debate between creationists and evolutionists is so confusing because the terms being used are not clear. Any conversation has to be held by two or more people using the same language and the same vocabulary. One major source of confusion in the creation-evolution debate is the meaning of the word evolution.

    Creationists do not claim that organisms do not change. There is a big difference between microevolution (change within a species), and macroevolution (change from one species to another). Creationists DO claim that evolution from one species to another is not possible, but we have no issue with evolution within a species. It is a scientific fact that plants and animals adapt to their environment over time. However, no organism has ever been observed to change from one species to a completely new one.

    In order for an organism to change from one species to another over thousands or millions of years, as Darwin’s theory states, intermediate forms would have had to exist. Darwin himself said that “saltations” or sudden leaps from one species to another were not possible. Therefore, many intermediary forms between the two species would have to exist if in fact millions of years elapsed between the ancestor and the modern species. Why, then, does the fossil record not display these transitionary fossils? Yes, people will point to Archaeopteryx, the supposed link between reptiles and birds. I will grant that a few forms have been found in the fossil record. However, a few fossils do not prove the theory that EVERYTHING evolved from a common ancestor. If millions of years worth of small, gradual changes exist, millions of years worth of transitional fossils would also have to exist.

    The term evolution must be defined clearly in order to have a reasonable conversation. I, as a Creationist, do not contradict evolution as long as the definition of evolution is restricted to change within a species. I do, however have a problem with the evolution from one species to another. If the theory of evolution claims to be based on real, observable science, then it must be tested by what is observable. A structure with a couple supports does not a building make. A strong building, like a strong theory, must be solidly founded on what is true. Evolution, like creationism, must be tested by what is observable. The truth cannot be changed based on one’s worldview, and the standard for judging two worldviews cannot be different. If evolutionists want to debunk evolution based on its lack of scientific evidence, they will have to be willing to allow Darwin’s theory to undergo the same trial.

    That’s just a little bit of what I have to say. If you disagree with my premises or my conclusion, please let me know. I would love to have a reasonable conversation with you. Let’s all please stop with the namecalling and ad hominem attacks. Instead, let’s actually talk about what everyone claims to believe in: real, observable science.

    • DYohe

      November 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Oops. Evolutionists want to debunk creationism* (3rd to last line, 2nd to last paragraph).

  10. Ron Leighton

    December 15, 2014 at 2:19 am

    A sort of natural selection, you might say.

  11. psgm

    February 1, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    If ever a business needs to fail THIS is it! A disgraceful attempt to drag the US back into the bronze age! The ONLY reason dinosaurs are even there is because without them, it would have closed in a week! They make it look like Jurassic park ON PURPOSE!

    Note they didn’t add any extra crosses or alters or pictures of jesus!

    This place is an abomination.

    • Ban Bam

      February 4, 2015 at 3:18 am

      Praise God for the Creation Museum! Truth is much needed in this godless dying world today. May people walking in darkness see the light!

  12. d sowden

    February 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    false, false, dino depiction walking with modern man is based
    on a misinterpretation.It’s a lie

    • Ban Bam

      February 10, 2015 at 3:18 am

      evidence hurts sinful mans pride doesnt it?

      • Dallas Sowden

        February 11, 2015 at 2:55 am

        hogwash. sin and salvation is an illusory crutch

      • Gock Cobbler

        February 27, 2015 at 7:40 am

        You seem rather mentally challenged.

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