THIS IS A STRANGE news week, almost entirely dominated by creationist activities. That’s okay, we’ll present the world as we see it. Most of you have heard about the Creation Museum, built in 2007 at a reported cost of $27 million, located in Petersburg, Kentucky, near the Greater Cincinnati International Airport. It was built by Australian creationist, Ken Ham, who also operates the Answers in Genesis (AIG) ministry and website.
Well, the museum has been open since late May of last year. According to their website, the admission charges are as follows:
Adult (13-59 yrs): $21.95
Senior (60 yrs & up): $16.95
Children (5-12 yrs): $11.95
Children (under 5 yrs): Free
That can add up to a lot of money for a family to wander through a museum dedicated to:
Adam and Eve live in the Garden of Eden. Children play and dinosaurs roam near Eden’s Rivers. The serpent coils cunningly in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Walk through the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life, central to the garden, stretches out its branches, laden with ripened fruits. Come face-to-face with a sauropod, a dinosaur of incredible dimensions. … Walk through the Cave of Sorrows and see the horrific effects of the Fall of man. Sounds of a sin-ravaged world echo through the room. Finally, see the sacrificial Lamb on the cross, and the hope of redemption.
Not only that, but this too:
The Bible speaks for itself at the Creation Museum. We’ve just paved the way to a greater understanding of the tenets of creation and redemption. Our exhibit halls are gilded with truth, our gardens teem with the visible signs of life.
We invite you to visit the Creation Museum. Your life may change forever.
It’s only natural to wonder whether this museum has been successful. We now have this report from AIG: 500,000th Visitor at the Creation Museum.
Another historic day in the life of the Creation Museum! The 500,000th visitor came through the door late morning yesterday. Terry Watson with his wife Kim and their three daughters from Hamilton, Ohio, walked in the door and sent the total number of visitors since opening 14 months ago to over 500,000. They had a wonderful surprise waiting for them—free tickets to the Creation Museum, complimentary lunch in Noah’s Café, and the New Answers Book 1 and 2 compliments of AiG.
Isn’t that lovely?
Now then, an adult ticket costs almost $22. If the 500K visitors were all adults, that would mean gross revenue of $11 million in 14 months. It’s obviously less than that, because many of those visitors are seniors and children, so it’s difficult to arrive at a figure. And of course, we have no idea what it costs to operate the place. Still, this seems to be an impressive operation.
Clearly, half a million visitors is a very small percentage of the American population. But it doesn’t take a large percentage to be successful.
Two questions spring to mind: (1) How many more people are in the market for visiting this museum? (2) How many of those who have already visited will return? We suspect the answer to both questions is “many.” Mr. Ham has himself a neat little enterprise.
Isn’t life amazing?
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