I simply could not see how the Creation Museum in Kentucky, that opened to great fanfare and big crowds, could maintain that pace of visitors because unlike real museums which are dynamic and change with new scientific knowledge thus enabling productive repeat visits, this museum is pretty much stuck with unchanging source material. Once the excited faithful had seen it, why would they come again?
Back in February I wrote about signs that attendance was declining and now I read that the museum is trying to attract people with gimmicks such as sky bridges, zip lines, and dragon exhibits, though what all these things have to do with the Bible is unclear, unless they are suggesting that Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea using a zip line or a sky bridge while being chased by Pharaoh’s dragons.
In addition, the museum is planning to build something called the Ark Encounter, a separate park 45 minutes away where the main attraction will be a replica of the ark.
How far can they go with this kind of gimmickry? The trouble is that making it into a kind of religious theme park costs real money and their ark project is already behind schedule due to slow fundraising for just the first phase alone. Earlier biblical-based theme parks such as Holy Land and Heritage USA have not had a good track record, going bankrupt quite quickly and it would not surprise me in the least to find that the Creation Museum has over-reached the way the previous religious theme parks did.