Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tips for Visiting the Creation Museum

PrintPlanning a trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky? Here are a few tips to keep in mind before your visit.

1. Arrive early.

There is so much to see at the museum and you won’t want to miss a thing.  I’ve read that you can see everything in 3-4 hours but I can’t disagree more.

My motto is, “It’s better to have more time, than not enough time.” So, why not plan on spending a complete day or two (yes, it could take that long depending on how interested you are), if you don’t need that much time, you won’t have any problems finding something else to do in nearby Cincinnati.

2. Be prepared to read. A lot.

There is a ton of reading and by the end of our visit, our heads were spinning. Audio tours may not be offered (but would certainly be a welcome addition), however, if you plan ahead, you can reserve a spot on a Closer Look tour.

Led by AiG scientists and speakers, the Closer Look tours offer guests a guided tour through the museum. You can visit the events page to see if a tour will be offered during your visit and to reserve your space.

3. Plan ahead.

There is much to see and you won’t want to miss anything. Prior to your visit, you can visit the Creation Museums website and find out what workshops and special programming will be offered during your visit so you can plan your day before your arrival.

In addition to the museum displays, there are several movies that are shown at various times throughout the day, special programs, children’s activities, a petting zoo, botanical garden (with a free cell phone audio tour) and Stargazers Planetarium (for an additional cost, but HIGHLY recommended).

4. Visit during the week for less crowds.

We visited during Christmas break and it was very crowded. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during the week if at all possible. If that doesn’t work for you, be patient, once you get through the admission lines you’ll discover that the museum is a pretty big place.

I do suggest that you buy your tickets to the planetarium as soon as you arrive and make sure that you arrive early for all movies and special programming to assure that you’ll have a seat.

5. Consider purchasing an annual pass.

Depending on the size of your family, or ages of your children, it may cost less or just a bit more to purchase an annual membership than one day pass. Family memberships start at $178.95 and allow your family free admission during the duration of your membership, invitations to members-only events, and allow you to support the AiG ministry.

6. Save money by visiting on a free or discounted day.

The Creation Museum offers several free days and special pricing to various groups at select times of the year, such as the 2012 Winter Homeschool Days

Free Days for 2012 include: 

Mothers: May 13 (Mother’s Day)

Fathers: June 17 (Father’s Day)

Veterans: May 28 (Memorial Day),  July 4 (Fourth of July), November 11 (Veterans Day)

All guests: December 24, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Christmas Eve)

Children under five years old: Always free

Find out about special promotions by following the Creation Museum blog, and/or on  Twitter, and Facebook.

Have you visited the Creation Museum? What helpful tips would you add?

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