You know about Ark Encounter, the latest project proposed by Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
The centerpiece of Ark Encounter is going to be a replica of Noah’s Ark, but a month ago we wrote More Money Problems for Ken Ham’s Ark, about the fundraising difficulties that have delayed the start of construction. The Ark is on hold until more money is raised — a lot more money.
But it may not be only the Ark that’s experiencing financial difficulties. If we’re reading between the lines correctly, Hambo’s infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — the North American Mecca for the mindless — is also in trouble. At least that’s what we glean from this item at the AIG website: All Tickets Now Good for Two Days.
Although we just noticed it, that’s not a new article. It’s dated 25 May, a week before the announcement of Ken Ham’s Dinosaur Billboards. See what you make of it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
In an effort to provide enhanced value to the families we serve at the Creation Museum, beginning Friday, May 25, we are happy to announce that any ticket purchased for admittance to the Creation Museum is good for two consecutive days!
Why would they do that? We checked to see what other amusement parks do, and found that Disney World sells multi-day tickets priced so the second day costs less than the first, but the customer still has to pay; admission is never free. For some reason, Hambo is giving second-day tickets away. AIG attempts to explain it in their next paragraph:
Over the past five years we have added a number of meaningful exhibits and venues at the Creation Museum, and we have heard from many of our loyal friends that there is just too much to do and experience in just one day. We are pleased to respond to this feedback!
Oh. There’s such a big demand to re-visit the museum’s many wonders for a second day that they’ve decided not to charge for admission. Yeah, that makes sense. Let’s read on:
Many other cost-reducing incentives can be found at the Creation Museum. In particular, if you have a large family, be sure to talk to a Guest Services representative about affordable and attractive membership options that can actually reduce the cost of your initial visit.
Wow — they’re cutting prices for the first day’s visit too. This looks serious. Here’s how the article ends:
We look forward to your arrival at the one-and-only, continually expanding Creation Museum! Travel safely, and yes, prepare to believe!
So there you are. What does it mean? To us, it means that although there are numerous creationists, and many have visited ol’ Hambo’s museum, the market for his brand of foolishness is limited — and he’s reaching that limit. From now on, it’s going to be a tough grind.
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