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Washington County, Wisconsin
October 13, 2010
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
July 17, 2007
The Creation Museum is an awesome experience, a museum like no other. We arrived at the museum at 10:30am, to see a long line of people waiting to get in. Off to the right were beautiful botanical gardens with ponds and pathways. We considered walking the gardens until the line got smaller, but it's a good thing we didn't because the line never did get smaller until late afternoon!
We had to wait in line for half an hour just to get in the door. Once inside, the line continued to get tickets. When you buy your tickets, you have the option to get planetarium tickets, and we did. When you get planetarium tickets, you get an assigned showtime. The planetarium shows lasts about 20 minutes.
When you enter the museum go with an open mind. There is a giant fish tank to greet you with lots of interesting fish swimming around. The tank is sort of like the kind you'd see in one of the big sporting good stores. The water is about 5 feet deep.
There is a theater on the right, and this is a good place to start your tour, but prepared to wait in line again. The theater is interactive, so, hint: be careful of the seat in front of you! From there, you enter the maze of the museum displays. The maze is set up so that you can't miss anything. Expect to do a lot of reading to get the full benefit. There are benches along the way to rest and read. After some background reading, you enter a life-sized Garden of Eden, with life-sized animals and life-sized wax mannequins of Adam and Eve. You stroll through different displays of the animals, and Adam and Eve getting acquainted. Then you set them eat the forbidden fruit and get kicked out, and the consequences of their sin.
Along the way, you enter a life size reconstruction of Noah's Ark. There are wax mannequins talking, moving, and building the ark. They look so real, like they are looking at you! Then you enter a room that shows how the great flood happened and the destructive aftermath. Next, it's the Tower of Babel and an explanation of how the earth got populated. There is a huge gift shop filled with DVDs and books and toys for the kids. To eat, there is Moses Cafe (or was it Noah's Cafe? One of those guys, anyway). It is located right at the start of the maze, so if you want to eat, you have to go forward or backward to get to the cafe. We never had time to eat because we had to go to our planetarium appointment.
The planetarium was the last on our list. The seats were very, very comfortable after walking through the long maze all day. The show was typical of a planetarium, nothing extraordinary. We left at 5pm that evening. It was a very long day, but well worth the experience.
From journal Cincinnati, OH