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The hugely popular Creation Museum in Kentucky, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary soon, was recommended by more people than any other single location for Budget Travel’s newest list of the 15 places “every kid should see before 15.”
But it wasn’t on the list.
The list included the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.; the Field Museum in Chicago; SeaWorld in San Antonio; Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill.; South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Hoover Dam; Acadia National Park in Maine, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge; Boston’s Museum of Science; Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico; Washington’s National Museum of American History and Utah’s Arches National Park.
Heading the list was the Space and Rocket Center with 7,421 votes. The Field Museum got 839, Sea World 2,435, Volcanoes 1,260, Birmingham 750, Lincoln 3,474, Mount Rushmore 2,006, Museum of Art 204, Hoover Dam 511, Acadia 1,465, Golden Gate 525, Boston 813, Carlsbad 1,989, National Museum 271 and Arches 1,036.
The Creation Museum, which has had more than 1.5 million guests to view its Dinosaur Den, Petting Zoo and Natural Selection Exhibit, got more than 7,700.
The creation science group that runs the museum, Answers in Genesis, expressed disappointment.
The group said, “Curiously, despite being a clear winner in terms of votes received, the Creation Museum does not appear on the Budget Travel List.”
Noting the company explanation that the Creation Museum did not fit into a “universal appeal” profile, the ministry said, “We are certainly aware many evolutionists fear exposing children to the sort of critical thinking encouraged by a visit to the Creation Museum. And while we never discourage parents from taking their children to museums such as the number two choice on Budget Travel’s list – the Field Museum of Chicago, home of ‘the biggest Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever dug up’ – we do suggest they go armed with a bucketful of discernment.”
In response to a WND inquiry, a spokeswoman for the Budget Travel report said the company used “editorial oversight” to compile its list, “taking into account factors like geographic balance, university appeal, etc.”
“The debate around the Creation Museum showed us that it was not something everyone would agree that every kid should see, and so did not fit the ‘universal appeal’ criterion for the final editorial list. However, we know how strongly folks felt about all the places they voted for, and that’s why we call out a link to the voting page results in the introduction to the article,” the spokeswoman said.
She also said the group noted in advance it was only “using your votes” to help the company determine its list.
Answers in Genesis suggested that parents who take their “kids under 15” to one of the museums be armed.
“Perhaps … some background preparation with DVDs such as Buddy Davis’s ‘A Jurassic Ark Mystery,’ Ken Ham’s DVD ‘Dinosaurs, Genesis, and the Gospel,’ Dr. Tommy Mitchell’s ‘Jurrasic Prank: A Dinosaur Tale,’ and a copy of the ‘Museum Guide’ to help sort fact from speculative fiction.”