Business Booming At Controversial Creation Museum

PETERSBURG, Ky. (AP) - The controversy surrounding the opening
of a northern Kentucky museum that teaches the biblical story of
creation hasn't hurt it at the box office.
The Creation Museum expected to host its 100,000th visitor over
the weekend, less than two months after it opened, putting the
museum on pace to easily exceed the 250,000 visitors organizers
were hoping to get in the first year.
"We're pretty pleased with the response," said Mike Zovath,
vice president of museum operations.
The museum's first weeks have been highlighted by packed parking
lots and long lines to get in. The wait has hardly slowed down the
stream of people who have flocked to the 60,000-square foot
facility that includes some exhibits that have raised eyebrows
among skeptics.
Evolution is derided at museum, which is packed with high-tech
exhibits designed by an acclaimed theme-park artist, animatronic
dinosaurs and a huge wooden ark. In this Old Testament version of
history, dinosaurs appeared on the same day God created other land
animals.
The museum also contains fossils, hung in large glass cases in a
room visitors spill into after taking a tour of Old Testament
history. Museum officials said most fossils were created by the
massive flood detailed in the book of Genesis.
The response has been so overwhelming that the museum is
petitioning to add 650 spaces to the parking lot, which currently
has about 500 spaces available. The museum would also like to add a
canopy over the entrance to protect people waiting in line from the
weather.
The museum is also considering adding a second entrance for
deliveries and staff.
"Most of this is in anticipation of some growth next year,"
Zovath said. "We're hoping that with some of the things we have on
our planning schedule for next year, to be able to bring crowds
back and bring more people in."
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Information from: The Cincinnati Post, http://www.cincypost.com

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