It’s not quite what we’d think of as a science museum, however. Their website proudly declares:
What is the purpose? To lead people to a better understanding of God by viewing His Creation and to show that creation science can explain the evidence we see in the world around us and that it is not just religion.
You can read all about it in the Boise Weekly, which features this story: Creationist Museum Opens in Boise. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Vision Center for the Northwest Science Museum opened for business on June 14 at 1835 Wildwood Street in Boise. That’s where the public has been invited to preview exhibits and talk with creationists about the theory behind their disagreement with mainstream, evolution-based science. Organizers hope to raise funds for a fully developed creationist exhibition center sometime in the future.
It appears that they’re not ready to receive visitors yet. Let’s read on:
“The Northwest Science Museum is different from anything that’s been done before, because it will explain the biblical and naturalistic point of view side by side,” Doug Bennett, a geologist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, said in the video.
Wow — a government creation geologist. He must really know his stuff. We continue:
Stan Lutz, a Boise-based “field paleontologist” also speaking in the promotional video, described the museum as containing artifacts that will challenge the evolutionist perspective.
“Our goal here is to present true science that has been hidden from the public. We have artifacts that absolutely confound the most ardent evolutionists. We have some things that some creationists have never heard of,” said Lutz, a former longtime farmer who studied at the Creation Science Evangelism Institute in Pensacola, Fla., and has been associated with the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas.
This is really exciting! They have evidence that’s been hidden from the public. What kind of evidence? Probably the kind they’re known for at that Glen Rose tourist trap — about which even Ken Ham has doubts — see AIG on the Paluxy River Footprints. Here’s more:
According to the NSM prospectus, the proposed museum would be 300,000-450,000 square feet, possess the first “full-size” Noah’s Ark replica in the United States, contain a planetarium, chapel and lecture hall, and include all the usual museum amenities like a gift shop, a cafe and a picnic area.
They’re planning their own Ark. This really will be competition for ol’ Hambo. It will also create quite a problem for creationists. How can they decide which museum to visit? But that’s not a problem yet — the Boise group doesn’t even have a site selected. They’ve got the spirit, however, because they’re asking for donations.
If you’re interested, here’s what they call their prospectus. It’s not what the financial world calls a prospectus, because they’re not selling stock or bonds. It’s a promotional brochure.
Here’s one last excerpt from the Boise Weekly:
Though the museum website states the facility would engage creationists and evolutionists alike, it’s openly adversarial toward the consensus scientific point of view, with the video linking the founder of modern evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, to Adolf Hitler at the 1:22 mark. Its stated mission is to “strengthen the visitor’s faith in God and the Bible. It will give the visitor the information they need to trust the Bible and what it says about the creation of the universe.”
Is the world ready for yet another creation museum? We fear that it may be. We’ll be watching for news of their progress.
Update: The Miracle of the Ica Stones.
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